Just noticed that the 1926 works TT Scott previously owned by Alan Cooper comes up for sale at Bonhams sale at Alexandra Palace this weekend. An interesting write-up and some good pictures are available in the online catalogue (see lot 50). Reputably capable of 107 mph in 1926 !!
I’m restoring CKW284, the 1938 Manx Grand Prix Scott that was entered by Harrison Town, and ridden by young Harry Smith. He finished in 12th place and his 3rd lap was the fastest ever achieved by a Scott on the Isle-of-Man at 70.03 mph. Although registered as a new machine, the engine was from 1929. To achieve that speed he must have gone well over 100 mph when on fast downhill stretches, with the engine revving at well over 5000 rpm for those downhill bits. It has two Pilgrim pumps, one in the usual R/H door position, feeding the glands and main bearings, etc., and one on the L/H door feeding the cylinder wall oiling. This was copied by the factory later in 1938 for the 1939 Clubman Special Model, which also copied the 21″ front wheel.
The 1926 TT Scotts were of course a couple of years before the introduction of the long-stroke engine for the 1928 TT. Quite what speed they would achieve flat out downhill is debatable, as we don’t really know what their overall gearing was.
My 1938 MGP bike was also the last Scott to finish a TT or MGP on the I-o-M, all subsequent entries failing to finish
Ian Bingham is restoring the 1926 TT Scott that was ridden by Noel Mavrogordato in the 1926 MGP, the “Shamateur” TT where many bikes were provided by the factory, and there were even works mechanics in the pits ! Paul Stables rode a similar machine, and both men were at University at the time. I’ve recently seen a lot of correspondence from Mavro and others about the bike, and period photos suggest a fairly small rear sprocket, so presumably they had very high overall gearing to cope with the downhill flat out stretches, but 107 mph ?…..
sounds very interesting. So I guess engine is TT replica or factory racing engine? Probably detachable head? Is it possible to share some pictures of the bikes (yours and Ian’s, if it would be Ok for him) here or in Yowl please? I think more people would be interested in those legendary bikes 🙂
Lot 50. Sold for £29,900 .
The 1938 Manx Grand Prix bike is nothing exciting to look at yet. Frame is painted and ready, engine, gearbox, and clutch are also ready, the unique hump-backed petrol tank is painted, and the wheels have been rebuilt, but nothing has been assembled into the frame yet. The engine is from 1929 and so blind-head type. The main missing part is the massive oil tank, also unique, and it was a horseshoe shape, each side of the back wheel, and joined by a section that sits behind the magneto platform. I’ve looked at all the available old photos, and I now have to make a solid wood ‘buck’, for a panel-beater/tinsmith to use to make a new tank, unless someone out there knows where the original tank is….?
sounds interesting. I didn’t even see the period photos of the bike. It would be great to see some photos when there will be something to see. Good luck with your work 🙂