Having had a incredibly busy week last week just getting to Cadwell Park, this week has been trying to get back on all the things that I had to abandon to enable it to happen. It was a week of extraordinary effort though which I think was completely rewarded with a wonderful weekend with good weather and great racing and a lot of old friends turning up to support us. I’ve written it up in my blog: https://www.racingoutoftime.co.uk
I was looking at the wonderful job Brian has made of his TT bike and considering the interest in bikes with a racing pedigree or rather with a racing pedigree in the TT or at GP level. Knowing the hundreds and hundreds of hours that go into the ongoing development of bikes in the less prestigious echelons it makes me realise how little we know about the histories of some of the most interesting Scotts ever to exist.
I’m not saying for a moment that racers are necessarily more interesting than road bikes, because that would be idiotic, but that the sheer pace of innovation and drive to develop is often found in and around the racing scene.
When I was at my dad’s at the weekend I came across a race programme for the 1970 ‘BP Vintage Race of the Year’ at Mallory park. It has 20 Scotts entered in it by the following:
Robert Collet (Scott Norton)
Paddy O Neal
Almost the same number of Scotts entered as Velocettes (and more than Nortons!) and even a sidecar outfit ridden by Albert Milnes and passengered by Ian Maclean. It’s hard now to imagine the developments, the camaraderie (or rivalries) within a racing Scott fraternity that big. These men and bikes and the ones to follow : Roger, the Heaths, John Farrah, Derek Whittle, Ted Parkin and certainly others who were all clubman racers, not professionals, but all contributed toward an almost seemingly forgotten collective history of undeniably one of the great british clubmans vintage racing motorcycle marques.
I feel very proud to be a small part of this small history and will do all I can to keep developing and pushing to improve my Super Squirrel, whilst planning to rebuild the Silk Scott #4 as a racing bike with one of our engines.
If anyone has racing photographs or any information or stories of any of the above in action, I’d be interested to receive them.