It did make me wonder if any other sidecar outfits have survived from those early races. I haven’t heard of any or come across them in my travels. We did meet up with Bob Thomas many years ago at his house in the Isle of Man where we had the Scott photographed with Bob’s replica Douglas and lovely they looked together.
Dad bought the Scott in 1924 and set about repairing it. The front forks were bent and the sidecar body a write-off, so a new body was made and the forks straightened.
The outfit still goes, still handles beautifully. I did several laps of Silverstone and Snetterton on it, the latter with dad in the sidecar, which was a little nerve-wracking as I was only the third person to ride it.
Looking at photographs of the time, I really don’t know how they managed to lap at the speeds they did, road conditions were appalling, also the Scott only had two gears so was at somewhat of a disadvantage.
So, it sits in my shed looking beautiful but quite small. We take it out to displays and I run it when I can; it takes a lot of pushing, with quite a high bottom gear. It gets talked to when I’ve had a bad day or missing dad and his advice on his other bikes, which I seem to have inherited.
Thank you again to the article, good reading, as usual.
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