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I wonder how many Scott owners either live or lived in Leicester.
I was born & bred in Leicester, there was a Scott engineer/workshop in the Highfields area of town although our nearest real dealer was Tom Ward in Derby. I bought my first Scott from Belgrave Gate auctions !
Are there any other thoughts from old Leicester Scott owners out there?
On Ela Heck / Armin Fisher,s calendar there was a photo of a “HEC Special Scott by HEC motorcycles of Rosedale Avenue of Gipsy Lane Leicester.
I had never heard of them!
In 1967 I bought three Scotts in a week (rash boy!)
I bought the TT Replica UE 7373 now belonging to Ted Parkin from Albert Renolds in Liverpool.
I bought one, a 29 shortstroke flyer, from John Joiner (I think) somewhere near Blaby.
And finally, I bought a crippled 1950 model from Arbour Motors for £20.
Arbour motors were the Triumph dealers, perhaps on account of Owen Greenwood working there, as it was hardly the emporium of your dreams! They were well known for employing school children in their lunch hour and after school to help with simple jobs. The tale goes that one such child, high on enthusiasm but low on patience, was given the job to part a crankcase from a Vincent twin. The unfortunate boy took out all the bolts he could see, but missed one! He then resorted to the Arbour Motors tool of last resort—A 7lb lump hammer! In no time there was no need to take4 the case halves apart, as you got a good view of what was inside thru the great big hole he had punched in the cases!
I used to reflect on what they told the luckless owner!
It was cracked when we got it mate, perhaps!
God save us from enthusiasic amateurs!
I am not a Leicester lad – but immigrated aged 6 – somrthing to do Dads job.
Anyway we live on Hinckley Road …then Houghton on the hill..yes it seemed the job went ok!!
I went to school in Oadby…well somebody had to!
I have had pots of bikes but always wanted a Scott…and so now have a 38 Flyer which I love.
Now of Stratfrod upon Avon!
Hi Roger, I remember Arbour Motors very well although not employed by them it was practically my second home, I was quite friendly with Owen Greenwood and was allowed to see his ” mini” before it was unveiled to so much controversy in the sidecar fraternity. Maurice Cann’s garage was another favourite spot, but that was a bit upmarket, He did give me my first racing leather jacket though !!!
The place on Groby Rd is an unknown to me though. my bikes were all bought at the auction place on Humberstone Rd/Gate. My first being a 1927 A.K.D. 175cc ohv !!!
I will write about all this for Yowl one day when I have finished renovating this place.
Note to Roger (Moss, not Hulett!) The HEC was of course Harold Caunt. Now you remember!
There is a village on the A607 (the road from Leicester to Cadwell) named Croxton Kerrial. On our trips to Cadwell and Skeggy we would sometimes call in at the garage on the crossroads, There was a Scott leaning on the back wall inside the garage covered by a sack. The garage owner told me that it was owned by a guy in the RAF. I think it was a mid ’20s Super. I wonder if there are any ex RAF members who kept their bike in Croxton?