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Dorman Engineering Co

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August 1902. Whirlwind.
November 1902.
December 1902.

Dorman Engineering Co of Northampton.

c.1889 Formed as the Patents Manufacturing Co to use the patents of Horace Walter Dover and set up by Thomas Phipps Dorman.[1]

1889 Advertising for sewing machine adjusters. Dorman Co, Mayorhold.[2]

1893 Listed as Dorman Engineering Co, Mayorhold, Bicycle and Tricycle Repairers. Also listed is Dorman Sewing Machine and Engineering Co, Mayorhold.[3]

1900 January. 'Dorman Engineering Co. are getting a special set of their pattern Whirlwind Cycles and Motors ready for the Local Show'[4]

1901 October. Dorman Engineering Co, Mayorhold and 4 Sheep Street, Northampton.[5]

1902 Produced Whirlwind motorcycles, a few primitive machines that were typical of the era. The engine was hung from the downtube or within the frame. They had belt drive and were of basic construction. Also made D. E. C. engines.

Subsequently Horace Walter Dover left to form the Dover company

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. See '1924 Appointment as Mayor' article on Horace Walter Dover
  2. Coventry Standard - Friday 13 December 1889
  3. 1893-1894 Northampton Directory
  4. Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 January 1900
  5. Northampton Chronicle and Echo - Thursday 31 October 1901
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9