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1930 Scott 596cc Sprint Special Registration no. SC 6509 Frame no. 20 Engine no. DPZ 4106

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1930 Scott 596cc Sprint Special
Registration no. SC 6509 Frame no. 20 Engine no. DPZ 4106

1930 Scott 596cc Sprint Special
Registration no. SC 6509
Frame no. 20
Engine no. DPZ 4106

The Sprint Special was probably the most exciting and desirable machine ever built at Scott's Shipley factory. The combination of the quick engine from the TT Replica model in a much lighter set of cycle parts derived from the speedway machine resulted in a fast machine with superb handling. Ixion, possibly the finest motorcycle journalist of them all, wrote up his 1930 test machines in 'The MotorCycle' of January 8th 1931. He said this about the Sprint Special:

"The Sprint model's spiritual home is the open road, whereon she will average just about as high a speed as anything on wheels can hope to achieve".

This genuine Sprint Special was despatched on May 20th 1930 to Hallams of Birmingham. Since 1969 it has been in the ownership of one of the most highly regarded Scott enthusiasts, a past President of the Scott Owners Club. The single downtube frame as used on Sprint Specials (and subsequently on other Scott models prior to the re-introduction of the duplex frame), has occasionally been known to fail where the downtubes enter the headstock. Dennis Howard, the previous owner, had ongoing problems in this area, and indeed the frame was fractured when he sold the machine, in a dismantled state and without an engine, to the current owner back in the late 1960s. In the course of re-assembly the frame was repaired by brazing on a gusset which reinforced the area in question. That was about 45 years ago and the frame has been 100% sound ever since. Dennis retained the original registration number YX 8764 and the bike was reregistered SC 6509 which had previously adorned another Scott in the vendors' collection. Engine no. DPZ 4106 (596cc) was fitted at that time and has given exemplary (and rapid!) service. The crankcase dates from 1935 but is fitted with the correct blind head barrel of a vintage Scott.

Over the 46 years in the current ownership this machine has been used extensively on the road, for vintage racing (it won the VMCC standard class championship in 1971), and has regularly been sprinted at such venues as Colerne, Bovingdon, Cornbury, and North Weald. It is a wonderfully versatile machine and has been used in the Banbury Run straight after a sprint with no modifications. In 2008 the Scott sustained significant cosmetic damage when a car crashed into the trailer on which it was being transported. This resulted in the fitting of a new radiator, new exhaust pipe and manifold, and repairs and new paintwork to the tanks and rear mudguard. The oil supply is via the drip feed system and this has proved totally reliable over the years.

Dave Minton's roadtest of this Sprint Special was published in the May 1972 issue of 'Motor Cyclist Illustrated'. He wrote:

"Why in Heaven's name men scrabble around after cammy Velos, Nortons, Broughs and what-have-you, when there is stuff like this around, eludes me."

A copy of this roadtest is included in the sale as are a scrapbook with many photographs, the owner's technical notes, 31 old tax discs, and about 40 old MoT certificates dating back to 1970. The reason for the "POTTY SPRINT" stamping on the oil tank strap and the presence of the miniature chamber pot on the oil tank cap is that the vendor's nickname is Potty. Most of his Scotts are adorned with a miniature potty similar to the one illustrated.

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