Description
Description
Description
Research: 
Ian Ager
JEEP's Archives
Motorcycle Magazines
On-Line encyclopedias
News Paper Cuttings/ Scrap Books
Submissions from readers by email.

We are always looking for contributions to the web page. Please let the web master know if you have any information or pictures for them. If we have used a picture that requires permission please contact us.
1959 Britain’s Answer to the “ ITOM “
(An article by Ian Ager)
As none of the weekly/monthly motorcycle publications in 1958/59 ever made mentions of 50cc racing this came as a great surprise to see one of the racing machines at the Motorcycle show at Earls Court, London in 1959.
What caught my eye was a highly polished aluminium dustbin type fairing fitted to a little 50cc four stroke racing motorcycle, standing in pride of place on the Dunkley Motorcycle Stand.
These photographs of a Whippet Sport show the  1958, 65cc engine and Dunkley frame and running gear. These were made between 1957 and 1959. This example was on show at the Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show in 2010.
This was the Dunkley Whippet Racer, the cycle parts were the same as used on Whippet Sport.
Description
Description
The 50cc four stroke engine fitted with a two speed gearbox was of their own design but would have been greatly influenced by the Ducati Cucciolo engines they had used in their 65cc mopeds and scooters. All the cycle parts were of a typical Italian design and manufactured by a supplier in Italy who along with Dunkley also supplied them to the likes of Peripoli and Bianchi. The complete machines were assembled at their National Works in Hounslow, Middlesex.
The Dunkley Company was formed in 1880 making baby perambulators, rocking horses, see-saws and pedal cycles, in the early 1900`s they started in the production of motorcycles and this continued during the war years using a number of different four stroke engine and gearbox suppliers. The Company was quite inventive and the picture shows a vehicle appearing at the 1922 Motor Show, and powered by a 1hp Simplex engine, The "Pramotor" was a mind-boggling creation!
Description
With the depression of the early 1920's Dunkley ceased the production motorcycles and reverted back to the manufacture of prams etc, this they continued with up to the mid/late 1950's.
The Motorcycle company was reformed in 1957 but was only in existence for two years folding at the end of 1959, as to if any of the racers were ever sold remains a mystery.
From the engine/frame numbers it would appear that some 800 Whippet Sports were sold in this period, either as the 50 or 65cc versions. I for one can never remember seeing one, or for ever seeing a 50cc four stroke engine racer on the track in 1960, with the exception of the Italian works Motom's that came over for a couple of months in 1961, by this time the little Itom's had completely taken over 50cc racing.
Description
View
Description
View
Description
Return to Ian Ager - 50cc Racer
H.R.H. The Duke of York discusses the The Dunkley pramotor at the Motor Show in 1922
the Dunkley Whippet Racer
$SIGNUP$
$VALIDATION$
Working... Please wait