a quote

Don Quixote: Dost not see? A monstrous giant of infamous repute whom I intend to encounter.

Sancho Panza: It’s a windmill.

Don Quixote: A giant. Canst thou not see the four great arms whirling at his back?

Sancho Panza: A giant?

Don Quixote: Exactly

Some classic footage from Snetterton back in 1986

Some classic footage from Snetterton back in 1986

Text by Roger

I have met and continue to meet great people through Scotts and the drama adds zest to my life. Recently, a man named Barry Lain phoned me for some info about Scotts. He had long wanted a Scott and had seen one racing in 1986 at Snetterton which had much impressed him. He had recently found and bought both a Scott and a vintage Douglas. In 1986, he had bought a video camera and filmed a good selection of paddock and racing at a Snetterton Vintage racing event. He asked if I had ever raced at Snetterton and I told him I had, but not very often. He told me that he had filmed the Scott in the paddock with an old man sitting on it- I asked if the bike had droopy bars and carried the number 115. He answered in the affirmative. I then knew that particular event.

My dad had had a heart attack and was getting over it, but was a bit shaken and frail. I wondered if I could do something to lift his mood and decided to invite him to the next race meeting at Snetterton On the way over, he asked me if I thought I would win. To my dad, you either won, or it was a waste of time. We are quite a bit different in our outlooks! I told him that Snetterton was a track that suited bikes with a good top speed and that the Scott was not as fast as a cammy Norton for example, but I thought I would be well up. In truth, I knew the track pretty well as I had raced my Laverda and 750 Ducati production bikes there many times from 1970 onwards with the BFRC club of which I was President. My dad went to watch the race by the fence and next to him was another man who told him, “I have come specially to see the Scott, It was here last year and he will win. My dad told him that it was his son’s bike and I had told him I did not expect to win.

The first circuit saw me with a big lead and went on to win comfortably. The man told my dad that he should have more faith in his son! The video shows a great selection of bikes and is quite well filmed for an amateur, as video filming is never as easy as expected. The sound is quite good which suits the Scott as it was before it was banned for excessive noise at Oulton and obliged to wear a silenced system…

Time for a rebuild

The Norton and sidecar that my dad bought from a junk yard in Cornwall in about 1983 made it down to Devon at the end of last year, and my hopes that it was going to be a straightforward task to just get it working were thwarted by a marked lack of oil pressure. The oil pump shaft had seized and stripped the gear. Whilst I was in there, I noticed an extraordinary amount of wear in some of the bushings so I decided to pull the engine out. Fortunately somebody kindly had given us an engine from a late ES2 some time ago which is sitting in position but I have to repair engine plates and re-work the ignition and electrics (alternator model not magdyno)
It’s definitely not a racing machine! but it has great character and I’d like to try and get it going for the Summer.

The virtual oily corkboard of a vintage motorcycle racing family