After experimenting with a new cylinder head shape without success, the old head was replaced and a 60mm long ram tube was fitted to the carb, as this had proved helpful on dyno tests. Other than this it just had a good general fettle.
Paul Dobbs had recently returned from the Manx GP, where he took his standard 500 Gold Star round at a touch over 95mph. Paul had not ridden at Three Sisters before and so decided that Saturday was to be a learning day and Sunday would be the day for serious racing.
He had good placings for the first three rides on the Scott, but just prior to his last outing, it started raining heavily and several riders fell on the slippery circuit. As though to dispel any thoughts of “taking it easy”, Paul drew a front line grid position. The narrow 21” “Speedmaster” front tyre seemingly found grip denied to others and Paul won handsomely!
On Sunday, Paul had four starts on the Scott and won all four races. Where there was another class with later big twins racing together, Paul headed them home also, with the leading riders in his class, half a lap adrift.
Paul recorded almost identical best times on the Scott as on the 500 Gold Star on what admittedly was a circuit that favoured the nimble handling of the Scott, although, of course, the bumpy sections favoured the spring frame Gold Star.
The Scott not only performed, but was entirely trouble free.
Paul was particularly impressed with the wide range of good torque. He could drive through corner combinations with a minimum of gear changing. It was a great pleasure to demonstrate the true potential of a Scott. I realise that few will want to indulge in competition, but the lessons learned are helpful in putting together a good road machine.
Kind Regards to all