1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)

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1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle
Registration no. WU 6464 Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)

Sold for £ 34,500 (US$ 47,615) inc. premium
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle
Registration no. WU 6464
Frame no. 3
Engine no. TT3 (see text)
The Scott factory had a wonderful record in the Isle of Man prior to the outbreak of war in 1914. They won the Senior TT in 1912 & 1913, and Tim Wood was leading the 1914 race when the failure of his Bosch magneto caused his retirement. They also set the fastest lap in each of these three years. When racing recommenced in the twenties they still had some fine results: 3rd & 4th in 1922, 2nd in 1924, but by this time they were beginning to fall behind the fastest four strokes.

The iconic watercooled two stroke twin engine was virtually a Scott trademark throughout their existence, but prior to the 1926 TT practically every machine had featured their tried and tested two speed gear. For the 1921 TT they had coupled the two speed gear with a separate two speed gearbox thus creating a four speed transmission, but it can't have been a great success because they went back to two speeds for the 1922 race.

However, the three works Scotts which arrived on the Island for the 1926 race were unlike anything which had gone before. So groundbreaking were they that in their practice report of June 10th 1926 'The MotorCycle' devoted considerable space to the new Scotts including a photograph of this very machine, WU6 464. The engine would have been familiar, but the frame, forks, tank, and three speed transmission were radically different from the earlier two speed racers. The whole machine was substantially bigger and heavier. These new Scotts were the template for the new Flying Squirrel which was launched at Olympia later in the year and which, with various fairly minor changes, stayed in production at Shipley until the factory closed in 1951.

Scott's 1926 TT riders were Harry Langman, Ernie Mainwaring, and Jack Welsby. By the end of the first lap Langman and Mainwaring were both out, but Jack Welsby rode WU6 464 to 18th place in the seven lap race. Many years later he wrote to Bob Currie who published the following account of Jack's race in 'The MotorCycle' of 18th April 1957: "On the third lap, he recalls, he took the jump at Ballig Bridge at too high a speed, and the resulting jolt on landing stripped every tooth from the second-gear pinion. From then on the Scott was ridden in top gear only, a feat which placed quite a handicap on braking and cornering. Ramsey had to be negotiated in short, sharp skids, while Welsby was able to make the Mountain climb only by playing tunes with the clutch – which he fully expected to burn out at any moment. However, it was strongly constructed, and stood the racket with only minor protest." The same article tells us that in practice "Welsby was timed at 92.2 mph on the Sulby Straight, and the drop to Hillberry was made at 107 mph".

Jack Welsby had written to Bob Currie after reading an article published on 28th February 1957 entitled 'The Squirrel Flies Again'. Mr. Leslie Deacon of Margate had written seeking more information about an old Scott which he had bought for £12. Bob Currie was able to identify the machine as Jack Welsby's race bike from thirty one years earlier, and the story took up a complete page of the magazine.

The vendor's late husband acquired this historic Scott in 1963. Last run in 2010, it will require the usual re-commissioning before being used. It is believed that the crankcase was changed at some time prior to 1957. The machine is offered with a current V5C, a continuation buff log book dating from 1948, copies of the 1926 TT practice report & the two 1957 articles mentioned above, two original letters to Mr. Deacon from 'The MotorCycle', copies of photos from the Isle of Man in 1926, and one of the machine in 1957 which was published with Bob Currie's article at that time, and an MoT certificate from 2010.
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1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
1926 Scott 498cc TT Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 3 Engine no. TT3 (see text)
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