Older members will remember the leading Scott dealer Ken Swallow of Golcar. Ken rode his Scott in the first races at Cadwell after WW2.
Ken’s Son Bill is a sucessfull TT rider and has a son named Chris, who has followed the family racing tradition. Chris had never raced a rigid frame bike and had never rode a Scott. In respect to his late grandad, I decided that he should have a chance to savour the Scott experience. Unfortunately, Chris is tall and I am short and we were both riding in races fairly close together, so there was no time to change the position of the bars.
Chris had one win over the reigning champion Ian Bain and I think a couple of second places on the Scott. It was good to see a spirited battle between the terrier and the dope burning lion that is the ex Guthrie works Norton of Ian Bain. I had some third and forth positions and enjoyed the weekend.
I have been asked to display my bike on the British Historic Racing section of the VMCC stand at the Classic Mechanics show at Stafford on Oct 18 & 19th. I do realise that my bike follows the long tradition of owner / rider specials, but it is still a Scott in spirit and demonstrates the inherent strength of the original design. I consider it a mark of respect that a Scott will be lined up with such as Norton and Velo racing classic models. My congratulation to fellow Scott racer Pavel Simek in the Czech Republic for showing how a Scott can go and winning the club “High Speed Trophy”. Check out the excellent pics at https://www.profotostudio.cz/
Thanks to all friends who came and gave moral support at Cadwell and I hope you will forgive me if, in the fevered activity of a race paddock, I was not able to chat as fully as I would have liked.
Finally, many of you will know of the Rhodes family which is famed for it’s support of the Velocette marque. I realised last weekend that I had now competed alongside three generations of Rhodes. Where do the years go? Kindest Regards to all Roger