Scott Ellis,

Heading for  his first big win, riding his own built and  last version of the works BSA C15T BOK228C

 

 

This section is the start of Ashfield.   (picture offroadarchives) Scott riding in the 1966 event.

 

Below is the picture of the same section as published in the Motor Cycle  on a report about the Experts Trial event in 1965. That Scott riding his home built framed bike Won.

 

 

Scott Ellis,

Breaks the Spell.

 

These were the headlines in the 2 December 1965 copy of “The Blue Un” Motor Cycle magazine.

 

This was the first major win for Scott riding BOK228C, using the new frame.

 

The spell that was broken! was that prior to this win only four British riders had won the British Experts trial in the previous ten years.

 

They were Jeff Smith, Gordon Jackson, Bill Wilkinson, and Sammy Miller.

 

This is briefly, what they said about Scott in the write up.

 

At “Fearsome” Ashfield where a snow fed foaming torrent obscured many of the huge boulders, Scott was already ahead, on 19 marks down.

Then moving on to Pembridge, and after waiting  for one of the biting sleet storms to pass, Scott lost another ten marks, five of which he lost when his rear chain came adrift.

 

The final piece of real punishment was the sections named "Bongham Alley", Scott was only one of three that managed to climb the hill for a loss of three marks, his team mate Arthur Lampkin (249 BSA), and Don Smith on his Greeves was the other.

 

 Scott’s practice session partner, Colin Dommett,eventually finished eighteenth in the trial, with a loss of 128;

 

Scott won the British Experts Trial,  with a total loss of 64 marks, in a very hard trial, compounded by the atrocious weather of the day

 

This is how BSA used the "Win" to there advantage  with a full page advert.

 

 And don't forget  the top management figures at BSA, did not know about, or  approve of the bike's existence, and when they found out after the trial, instead of any praise to to comp department team.

They roasted Brian Martin about its existence and use. In there eyes it was a "Special",

And not a machine they wanted to be associated with, it did not come from the production line?

Neither did the bike that Brian Martin rode, and most of the machines ridden by the other BSA supported riders.

 

 

 

 

 

Just been taking another look at the old pile of Motor Cycle magazines,trying to find other pictures of Scott has there seems to be very few in existence of this trial, or in-fact of Scott's bike at this time.

I must say it is the smell of the old publications  when reading them that I enjoy.

Each to there own!

Scott eventually bought this bike along with  the rest of machines  he rode for BSA,and continued to ride the bike until 1969 when he eventually sold it on.

This machine then changed hands several times until it was eventually purchased by Colin Dommett.