Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 182
Year : 1914
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : BM 5934
Chassis No. : # 547
Engine No. : # 1800
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
To be sold without reserve

• Veteran superbike
• Completed Lands End – John O'Groats & over 30 Pioneer Runs
• Long term ownership of 46 years
• Surely the most successful veteran Scott of the last 50 years
The two speed Scott is undoubtedly one of the most radical and advanced veteran motorcycles, remaining in production in substantially unchanged form as late as 1931. This was a true superbike of the veteran era, winning the Senior TT in 1912 & 1913, leading it in 1914 when the special four spark Bosch magneto failed on the last lap, and setting the fastest lap in each of those races. These were the glory years for the Scott factory.
A sizable proportion of the veteran manufacturers were based in the West Midlands, and doubtless there was much cross-fertilisation of ideas which resulted in broadly similar design principles. The Scott was different. The factory was far away in Yorkshire, and Alfred Scott's approach to motorcycle design was the product of an independent mind. The 1914 catalogue outlined 'The Scott Ideals':
The 1909 'Scott' specification included: the open 'straight tube' frame and 'one piece' spring fork, the water-cooled twin cylinder valveless two-stroke engine, the central chain drive, the foot operated frictionless two-speed clutches, the original foot starter, the long luxurious spring footboards, the straight tube handlebars, the half compression lever device and complete handlebar control etc. It has not been necessary in 1914 to alter, or to withdraw any of the original Scott features....
Over several pages the catalogue goes on to explain and justify why these features are superior to the competition.
The vendor, an ex President of the Scott Owners Club, is well known and highly respected in the world of Scotting. One of his trademark miniature 'potties' adorns BM 5934 which must surely be the most successful veteran Scott of the last 50 years. As 'a rusty and much altered lump' it had been passed to the vendor by the late Frank Banks in the early sixties. Following Frank's death in 1970 the vendor bought it from Frank's very elderly mother for £20 (receipt on file).
In 1983 he entered the VMCC's Lands End to John O'Groats Six Days Trial. This was a commemoration of the ACU 1910 event and followed the original 1019 mile route and included various town centres, now congested with modern traffic which must have been a nightmare for the riders. The same overnight hotels and lunch stops were used, and there were observed climbs of the same hills tackled in 1910 including the famous Amulree.
He had entered the event intending to ride a different veteran Scott which had been on long term loan, but this other machine was unexpectedly recalled by its owner shortly before the event, and BM 5934 which was then in a rather distressed state became the subject of a very rapid rebuild over just six weeks. The present engine (see below) was fitted at this time. For some reason many of the frame and fork lugs had been removed and their replacement must have been challenging to say the least. Unsurprisingly there were some problems en route, mostly because there hadn't been enough time before the event to attend to the old wheels and tyres. Nonetheless the Scott completed the whole 1019 mile course over the allotted six days, and was apparently the only bike to 'clean' all the observed hills. This was an astonishing achievement after such a brief and hurried rebuild. One of the two scrapbooks accompanying the machine is devoted to this event. One of the official pre-event seals linking the frame to the right hand top rear engine mount remains in place.
It has completed over 30 Pioneer Runs and innumerable Banbury Runs resulting in many gold awards. It won the 1986 Levis Cup Trial, and was 'best overall' twice in the Felix Burke Memorial Cotswold Road Trial. In 1986 this was the first time the top award had been taken by a veteran machine. It won the Premier Award at the 1991 Scott Owners Club Gathering.
The maintenance notes reveal that a new square tube radiator (correct for a veteran Scott) was supplied by Jack Butterworth in 1993 at a cost of £600. The magneto was overhauled by the great Tony Stairs in about 2008. The barrel and pistons were replaced in 2010. The only entry in the notebook for 2012 reads: Pioneer - fantastic. Banbury gold award.
This outstanding motorcycle was first registered on July 5th 1924, and holds Pioneer Certificate no. 1019. It is a 1914 model fitted with engine no. 1800 which dates from 1913. The original engine was no. 2686 and this crankcase, which has an old repair to the top right engine mount, and the rusty old barrel are included in the sale. Following a minor tumble at the start of this year's Pioneer Run, attention is required to a rear stand lug, and the (non original) rear stand needs straightening. The front tyre is displaying signs of deterioration and should perhaps be replaced. To this end a new Durandal 650 x 65 beaded edge tyre, and an older new old stock tyre of the same size are included in the sale.
It is also accompanied by a substantial history file including the aforementioned scrapbooks and maintenance notebook, Pioneer Run certificates for the 50th, 60th, and 75th anniversary events, two old style logbooks, a current V5C, a large number of old MoT certificates dating from 1983 – 2012 (2009 is missing), and many old tax discs, photos etc.
This much campaigned & hugely successful machine is offered for sale only because of the owner's advancing years.