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Offline KiwiJohn

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Visit to the local musuem
« on: 19 Aug 2005 at 10:03 »
I recently visited the Museum of Transport and Technology at Auckland (New Zealand).

Among the very many interesting exhibits including flying boats and antique tractors I found three Douglas motor cycles and a very interesting little aircraft.

I have sent a couple of picture of the bikes and I hope they can be added here but through some stupidity on my part I failed to photograph aircraft ZM-AAA, which is a 'Flying Flea' and was at one time powered by a Douglas Dryad aero engine!  Unfortunately the engine has been changed and it now sits in the museum with an 'ABC' flat twin engine.  You can read more about the Flying Fleas including ZM-AAA at


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Re: Visit to the local musuem
« Reply #1 on: 24 Aug 2005 at 05:30 »
I have sent a couple of picture of the bikes and I hope they can be added here John

If you wish and you haven't done so already, you could upload the photos of the bikes yourself now we are on the new site - or you can mail them in - see here for instructions how <<,321.0.html >> - Members Gallery might be the best place for them.
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Re: Visit to the local musuem
« Reply #2 on: 08 Dec 2006 at 12:06 »
If you are ever in Scotland the Glasgow Museum of Transport (which is due to move from the Kelvin Hall in Sauchiehall Street to a new venue) has the late George Pinkerton's Dirt Track Douglas on display.  George restored in to showroom condition and his relative (who fell heir to the bike) has kindly allowed the Museum to keep the bike on display.

When George packed in dirt track he learned to fly and at the start of WW2 he shot down the first German aircraft to be shot down over Britain. George later did convoy protection work.

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Re: Visit to the local musuem
« Reply #3 on: 25 Nov 2011 at 23:39 »
Anu one want information on George Pinkerton, Spitfire pilot, Douglas speedway rider? I lived on the farm next to him and he and my father wer close friends.  My guzzi nakme refers to the 1939 Morto Guzzi Condor that George rode on a few occasions. Also his brother Jimmy who was better knwoen in the Scottish speeday scene.