Do you love motorcycles and motorcycling? Would you like to come to our Festival of Motorcycling and exhibit a motorcycle that you own? If so, read on!
This year Crofton Beam Engines is hosting a Festival of Motorcycling alongside its steaming of the historic beam engines on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June.
We have partnered with our friends at the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum in Calne for this event and have a range of exhibits, talks, displays and activities planned across the weekend around the subject of motorcycles and motorcycling.
Whether you are a member of a vintage motorcycling club or own a modern motorcycle that has an interesting story we invite you to to join us and/or apply to exhibit your machine at the event. If you would like to take part please send us an e-mail through the contact webform on this website and we’ll send you more information!
To whet your appetite, here’s a profile of one of our visiting exhibits – a Douglas 2 3/4 HP CW machine, dating from 1924.
This machine is quite similar to the Douglas motorcycles used in the First World War by despatch riders. The motorcycle has a horizontally opposed two cylinder engine of 350cc. The gearbox is 3 speed with a hand change on the tank. The brakes consist of rubber blocks operating in rims attached to the wheels, they are not particularly effective and even worse in the rain! The machine does not have electric lights but gas lights running on acetylene gas. Douglas motorcycles like this example were made in Kingswood, Bristol.
The Douglas is being kindly loaned to us for the festival by Mr Jon Goodchild who will be at the event to present and discuss the machine.