|DMW was the last motorcycle manufacturer in the Black
Country. The company,
which closed in the mid 1990s was also one of the longest survivors, having
produced motorcycles for about 50 years. The company was, and still is well-known amongst trials
and racing enthusiasts, and has had many racing triumphs. DMW machines are
still used at sporting events, and will probably still be in use for many
years to come. During its lifetime DMW produced about 15,000 machines, and many
manufacturers used the company's forks, and in later years its engines.
story, which starts on Merseyside, is told in the following parts:
I would like to thank Jo Skidmore and her father, ex-DMW
Director, Ivan Dyke for all of their help in preparing
this section, and also for the many photographs they have
allowed me to use. I would also like to
thank Grant Dawson, Leslie's Dawson's son, for
information and photographs of his father.