1926 SCOTT TT
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.