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By the mid-’20s, Scott’s race bikes had started to fall off the pace a lit­tle at the TT. Their two-speed ma­chines had fared well on the Is­land be­fore WWI, but when rac­ing re­sumed in the ’20s they were start­ing to be eclipsed by the fastest four-strokes. To halt the slide, the fac­tory in­tro­duced a new three-speed TT model for 1926 and this is one of the three works ma­chines en­tered that year.

Rid­den by Jack Welsby, this is the only one of the three to fin­ish the race – de­spite hav­ing stripped ev­ery tooth from sec­ond gear af­ter a heavy landing at Bal­lig Bridge on lap three. Welsby was forced to ride the rest of the race in top gear on his way to 18th place. On the way though, the Scott recorded 92.2mph on the Sulby straight and 107mph on the drop to Hill­berry, un­der­lin­ing its po­ten­tial.

The bike was sold on by the fac­tory, but resur­faced in 1957, when Les­lie Dea­con of Mar­gate wrote to (now de­ceased) Bob Cur­rie ask­ing for any in­for­ma­tion on the bike – which he had bought for £12. Bob iden­ti­fied it as Welby’s race bike and it was sub­se­quently sold on again in 1963 be­fore the cur­rent owner ac­quired it in 2015.

The crankcases of this his­toric ma­chine are be­lieved to have been changed prior to 1957, but oth­er­wise it is in sub­stan­tially orig­i­nal con­di­tion and is be­ing sold with a cur­rent V5C. Es­ti­mate is £30,000-40,000.

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