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Roger Moss

Hi Eric I have the ashes and am awaiting a delivery of sackcloth! Yese I added the wrong newsletter and so had to resend almost immediately afterwards, but it takes a while for the whole lot to be sent. In case anyone does not take it, the recent edition can be downloaded at https://www.mossengineering.co.uk/newsletter/Scott_Newsletter_36.pdf
The opening text was as follows

Text 4758 Intro page for Dec 2011 Newsletter 19-12-2011
Welcome to the Christmas 2011 edition of the Scott Newsletter
For those of you for whom “Time is of the essence” you can click the link now.

For other friends of the “Scott Fellowship” a few thoughts and news to share with you.
Scott frames. A few weeks ago, a man phoned to ask my advice. He had wanted a Scott for years and had never found one, but he had seen a duplex frame on Ebay with the bottom rails cut out. I advised him that it had, most likely been used for racing and that at the price asked it was too expensive. His intention was to try and buy all the various components to construct a Scott and to start with the frame. My advice was to advertise for a complete bike, as to try and buy everything separately was likely to be an arduous and expensive project. However, if he was set on going this route, then David Holder at Velocette Motorcycles (See suppliers list) had frames and to illustrate the types, I sent him a photo. I often copy our Editor Ted Parkin any interesting messages, but had not meant this to be published. As it has been included and we are rather near to our Christmas deadline to change things, a few words of explanation are in order for those who do not know the history. David’s father Matt spent a fortune on putting in stock Scott components from which to build new Birmingham Scotts. In order to keep production cost per part to a minimum, he was obliged to order in quite large batches. In addition to this, he had bought with the rights to the Scott name, a quantity of residual stock from the demise of the Shipley concern. Some years ago, these spares were trusted to a third party to sell, but sales did not live up to expectations. Unfortunately a fire ensued in the storage premises and before the fire service could control the situation, at least 50% of the Scott spares were destroyed. The authorities decided that arson was involved and the person responsible was relieved of his liberty for some period “At her Majesty’s Pleasure”
As David related to me, he had 24 hours to collect what was recoverable before the site was cleared with a bulldozer. David Holder did his best to save what he could, although much of what remained was in a sorry condition visually. So the bottom line is — Do Not Blame David for the condition! Just be grateful he saved as much as he did! There is not enough demand to justify the expense of work on the residual spares, but there still remain quite a good stock of major items and it is well worth enquiring of David Holder before you buy an overpriced item elsewhere, even if it does still has the bottom frame rails in situ!
News from the Moss camp. The racing season having finished and more lessons learned, my racer is stripped for some detailed attention. My son Richard’s bike (see body of newsletter) has since been treated to a new resonant exhaust system based on my exhaust and made specially by Gibson Exhausts. It will be interesting to discover how this goes, especially as his engine uses the bathtub roof combustion chamber developed by Colin Heath some years ago. I do like having efficient production tooling, although the design and manufacture of this is expensive in time spent. I have made new tooling for crankcase cups and cylinder heads which should speed up current production and better control accuracy. The looming piston question is causing some concern. I admit to a reluctance to accept compromises when it comes to the quality of engine components, so the best solution would seem to be to have quality castings produced by the investment casting (Lost Wax) system. Traditional die casting tooling and production costs are financially out of the question. Our designer Ted Hills has designed the piston we need which will cover most short and long stroke needs, but the next step is mould design and manufacture. This might be a formidable financial mountain for such a modest business to overcome, but then, where is the satisfaction in climbing a small mountain!
As regards the amount of current work and requests for advice and help, I have finally decided upon a solution to this problem. I have resolved to live forever!
If you have not already sampled it try Youtube Snetterton 1986 and near the end of the video, hear the sound of a Scott on full song on open pipes winning a race. Stirring stuff!
Happy Christmas, Have a great year in 2012, in fact, “Live Long and be Happy!
Roger, Ted, Ted, Marina and Rex