Hi, I’m presently housing, (but do NOT own) an old Scott vintage racer last used in anger in about 1971. Very much a bitsa, it has a mutilated long wheelbase Flyer frame of 1927/8 vintage and a 1930 short-stroke Flyer based engine. It has an ugly rear suspension grafted on, Webb forks, and twin 7″ Webb front brakes laced into the front wheel back-to-back. The handchange has been sawn off, and it has a Norton type positive stop footchange mechanism grafted onto the Scott gearbox.
Does anyone remember it, or the rider, Michael William Fordham ? He used to ride in the Banbury Run in later years, usually on a Sunbeam, and he came from Oakington, near Cambridge.
It MIGHT be coming for sale when I can find out a bit more of its history for the owner, and from tomorrow I should have some photos to email to interested parties, if the owner decides to sell it.
From the record card that John Underhill made, it seems like the bike was previously owned and raced by Joe Diver, but the card shows two different frame numbers ! Has anybody got a photo of Joe Diver riding it ? ( It may have had the registration number KD9628 when used on the road). From John Underhill’s notes it looks as if the frame alterations took place as late as 2000.