Scott Racing 2006 3321
We had a very enjoyable racing season in 2005 and it brought with it some considerable publicity for Scotts. We dug deep into our pockets and did without a holiday to make it possible.
I had understood that Paul Dobbs would have other racing commitments in 2006 that would take precedence over riding my Scott, but that he would be happy to ride where he was free to do so.
I had accepted that he might be able to ride at only a few meetings, so had decided to ride myself at the occasional meeting. I am no Paul Dobbs and can not show the bike to its best advantage, but I have missed the racing and would enjoy the odd ride to prove that at 65 I am not completely “past it”.
I decided that I would not ride at Mallory, but would compete at Oulton on May 6th and if funds allowed, at Lydden and Cadwell later in the season.
I then received a most generous sponsorship donation of £1000 from club member John Sims, an Englishman working and living in the USA. This was to help with the costs of our racing, with the aim of keeping the Scott name on the track, in the public eye and hopefully to encourage others to consider becoming Scott owners.
Shortly after receiving this much appreciated help from John Sims, I was contacted by Paul Dobbs, who told me he was available for all racing dates except Pembury on June 3ed and 4th and what was I doing about Mallory?
I duly entered Paul for Mallory where he had two wins and two second places against very formidable opposition.
It was a great pleasure to greet so many Scott owners and many others who came to see this sole representative of our chosen marque.
The next meeting is at Oulton where I had already entered to ride myself. I had ridden there years ago and remembered it with great fondness. I now had a moral dilemma. I had gratefully accepted financial support with the tacit objective of showing a Scott to best advantage and gaining the oxygen of publicity for Scotts. How could I ride instead of Paul, knowing absolutely that my first duty is to demonstrate the bike to its full advantage, rather than indulge my pleasure.
I made the only honest decision. Paul will ride at Oulton.
I have told Paul that I can not afford to fund the entire season, but will support as many meetings as I am able to afford.
To give an idea of the involvement, a one day only meeting costs us about £350, which includes entry fees of about £130, tyres about £100 per meeting, then oil fuel transport and many sundry costs. Two day meetings are more expensive.
Future possible VMCC meetings are
Oulton Park Sat. May 6th
Pembury Sat / Sun June 3 / 4 (only if I ride as Paul has other commitments)
Lydden Sat / Sun July 15 / 16
Anglesey Sat / Sun August 5 / 6
Cadwell Sat / Sun Sept 30 / Oct 1st
We all send our best wishes and thanks to all who attend and give their encouragement.
Roger, Richard and Paul.