Does anyone know of any articles that have been written in Yowl about the Scotts owned by “Ixion”?
I don’t know about articles in “Yowl”, nor whether or not this will be of any relevance or interest, but some years ago I bought a Replica frame, forks, and tank from Brian Marshall. Brian had already done some research via the West Yorkshire Archive Service. This revealed that the machine was registered on 26th March 1929 by The Scott Motor Cycle Co. Ltd. in their own name. We don’t know what use it was put to by the factory for the next few weeks.
When I later checked the numbers in the factory despatch book I discovered that the machine was despatched to Ixion in Bexhill on 10th May 1929, just 6 or 7 weeks after it was first registered – so presumably it was his 1929 long term test bike. It must have been returned to the factory later in the year, because the West Yorkshire records show that it was subsequently sold by Scott Motors, Leeds on 25th January 1930 to one John Wyld who kept it until 1956.
There is every reason to believe that Scotts supplied the Ixion with a machine annually: in a great article published in “The Motor Cycle” on 8th January 1931 he writes about “What I rode in 1930”. He writes:
……”Next on my list comes that hardy annual, my Scott – this season it was a Sprint Special”….. He goes on to heap praise on the Sprint, but the article is too long for me to copy here.
Best wishes to all
Thanks Martin, you’ve been a great help. I’ll look that article up.
For those who don’t know who ‘Ixion’ was….. It was the pen-name of Canon Basil Henry Davies, an avid motorcycle journalist and clergyman, who wrote for ‘The Motor Cycle’ for an incredible time, from 1903 until well into the 1960’s. He loved Scotts, and many must have been sold as a consequence of his favourable articles. I have no idea just how many long-term test machines he was supplied with, or if they were supplied directly to him without the involvement of the magazine.
In my opinion “motorcycle cavalcade” is the greatest book ever written about the early days of motorcycling.
I’ll second that. Anyone with our interest should read it. 🙂
And therefore I asked for it as my Christmas present – it’s brilliant, wish I had read it when I was young in the 1960’s and had become involved in the vintage movement in those days. Oh well, easy to be wise after the event.
Happy Christmas everyone, hope you had a good time.
I have just read it again, over the Christmas/New Year break, and enjoyed it just as much as I did about twenty years ago. It should be compulsory reading for all owners of veteran, vintage, and post-vintage motor cycles. Truly they were tough cookies in those days, unlike their troublesome, flimsy, and crude steeds. Ixion doesn’t hesitate to link the alternating periods of stagnation and fast technical progress with the political situations of the day, wars, and economic slumps, all of which nicely explains some of the strange antics of the manufacturers as the decades slipped by, such as basically sound designs hopelessly let down by poor ignition and electrical fittings; but it was of course the manufacturers who were pressuring the likes of Miller and Lucas to supply ever cheaper and nastier fittings….