Douglas Motorcycles

Fay Taylour's Douglas Speedway Bike

Birdwood Mill, South Australia

The exhibit plaque reads:

Fay Taylour

Irish motorcycle racer Fay Taylour successfully raced this motorcycle in Australia in 1929. Taylour was an unusual woman for her times, choosing a career as a motor racer and never marrying. She learned to drive a car when she was 12 and began riding motorcycles when she was at school. She purchased her first motorcycle with a prize she won at school for domestic science.

This motorcycle has a unique frame design feature called the 'swan neck' which lowered the centre of gravity, yet allowed quite large 28" wheels to be fitted. It was described as 'looking fast even when it was standing still', and was possibly the first machine built specifically for dirt track racing.