Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 12:14 AM
LETS FACE FACT ROGER,YOUR BIKE IS NOT A SCOTT SO HOW YOU CAN CLAIM THAT IT ADVANCES THE SCOTT CAUSE IS BEYOND ME,HOW MUCH OF IT ORIGINATED FROM SHIPERLY OR BIRMINGHAM…………
We all have our own ambitions .
I have spent a large part of my life making machinery to make car and truck engines.
I remember the joke that Ford had the smallest scrap heap in the trade,—they built it all into cars!
Scotts were a commercial operation and all they made was not perfect, in fact far from it.
In respect to its original inspired designer, I make a few improvements where I can.
Just consider that when the factory was in production, Mr Scott ran a race shop.
Were his bikes like those the public could buy,— were they hell!
Rotary valves, oscillating valves, the 1914!
If folks want me to rebuild their engine with the facilities and knowledge I have, its their affair.
If people want to have a crank that will not fail and punch holes in their cases, likewise.
If folks have the cash to indulge a dream to have a new engine, who are we to object.
I do not see any complaints that Mr Schumacher’s “Ferrari” racer is not like what you can buy!
If you Stu, are happy with your criteria, then I respect your decision entirely.
I have a 90+ Douglas that is 100% original and I would not change it, but then I would not race it either.
In racing what started out as a standard type Scott built from old bits, I discovered what broke or was not efficient. I developed it to race at my cost in cash and half a lifetime within the racing ethos, where modifications are an accepted thing.
As I have said many times, it would have been easy to stay with my old Triumph, it went and stayed together. If I wanted a fast Scott, I could have used Yamaha bits wrapped in a Scott exterior. I chose to use the Scott design and see if I could make it hang together and go some.
Ian Bain’s Norton is a speedway dope Jawa in Norton castings and much more radical than mine.
I think that Alfred would have enjoyed the joke!
I have enjoyed this totally ridiculous crusade. It gave me a challenge and I enjoy challenges.
I am having a bit of fun, that’s all.
Enjoy your Scott in the way you want to enjoy it. Do your own thing! We are animals with a short life that all too soon will be over.
Let others enjoy themselves the way they want to. Like you, it is their right to do so.
I send my very kindest regards
rogers scott, is clearly a scott, it looks like a scott, if anyone who is familiar with scotts saw it, they would know instantly its a scott, are birmingham scotts not scotts? they were not made at shiply?
however they are clearly scotts, if i have a harley chopper, with a custom frame, fork, and engine< is it no longer a harley? I think not! it is a custom harley! Rogers scott is a custom scott, customised to rogers taste
for enhanced performance, but a SCOTT none the less! at least that is my opinion !
Well done Roger, Couldn’t agree more. My ’38 Flying Squirrel’s engine is standard, but if I were a rich man it certainly wouldn’t be! Each to his own though, after all Al’s got a Harley as well!
Good luck at Woodbridge,
Thanks Al and Chris
I remember a line that goes–
The only real “right” that any of us have, is the right to go to hell in our own way.
I suppose I shouldn’t have bothered to reply, but in fact, I do not write, I only think with a pen or keyboard and I enjoy just letting the thoughts flow
It is interesting, is it not, to note just how much a written passage illuminates the true nature of the writer. Much more perhaps than a conversation.