In 1901, Frederick Osborn of Osborn Engineering Company had started manufacturing his own line of bicycles and was to later move on to the manufacturing of motorcycles. He created numerous motorcycles that featured the Balckburne engines until 1914.
By 1920, Frederick's son John Osborn took over management of the company and he was able to create many different designs of the OEC Motorcycles. By 1930, the OEC Motorcycle Company fell into financial difficulty.
The 1936 Atlanta Duo was well known due its different design that was created by Fred Wood. In 1926, Claude Temple used an OEC Temple that broke a land speed record of 121.3 miles per hour across the salt flats. Again, in 1930, Joe Wright utilised an OEC featuring a Jap engine to break the speed record with a pass of 150.736 miles per hour. The manufacturing of the company ended due to the Second World War Allied bombings, which devastated the factory forcing them to cease production. With out the capital to get the factory fully re-opened, the manufacturing totally ceased in 1954.
Original Authors: Gobel Team (Lorraine)
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 03/06/2008