Anyone here nab the late 1920s Scott on Ebay last night? Allegedly a South African import, and documentary evidence that it’s taken part in some run through the bush…Jo’burg to some other place. Looked a good deal at seven G’s.
I didn’t see it, but suspect that it might have been Neil Smith’s bike. He rode in many long distance trials, related in Yowl in the 1980s. A Three-Speed Super Squirrel on beaded-edge rims and tyres as far as I can remember. Neil was murdered by a gang of Robert Mugabe’s thugs. RIP Neil.
I am responsible for purchasing the Scott on Ebay on the 21st April this year. It was imported from South Africa, I had the joy of re-registering it with the DVLA. I’ve enjoyed riding the Scott all summer and believe I am most fortunate to be the latest owner.
The ‘Bush’ run that you refer to is the Durban to Johannesburg run. I am particularly interested in Brian’s reference to Neil Smith, I’ve checked the DJ Run records and a Neil Smith is recorded entering the event in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973 on a Scott of similar age to mine. My Scott entered the run in 1989 through to 2002 whilst belonging to a Mr Introna.
My Scott was exported to from the UK to SA and was owned by a Mr Introna from 1987, I have numerous dated documents with Mr Introna’s details on from 1987 until the early 2000’s. Having gone through the paperwork in detail this week I have reference to an Albert Davidson who owned the bike prior to Mr Introna as well as Syd Van Der Vyver (yes the racing driver) who sold the bike to Mr Davidson.
I have letter from a Mr Neil A Smith with a Zimbabwe address to Mr Davidson giving advice on Mr Davidson’s Scott, Mr Smith references the bikes engine number in the letter but at no point suggest that he was once the owner. Based on this it is reasonable to conclude that Neil Smith was not a previous owner.
Had it not been for Brian’s suggested connecting with Mr Smith I doubt that I’d have scrutinised the paperwork so closely and wouldn’t be aware of much of the above.
I would like to take a bet that you do indeed have the ex-Neil Smith bike !! If our Registrar Ian Parsons can have a look at the old John Underhill machine record card for your machine, it should have at least some of the previous owners listed. Just tell him the engine number, frame number, model, and any relevant information.
It is not the Neil Smith bike. That bike is a 1928 3 Sp Super Squirrel and is I believe still in Zimbabwe. James’s Scott is a 1928 Duplex framed Flying Squirrel. The record card for James’s Scott indicates that it was exported to SA probably in the early 1980’s