For the first time in 65 years, a 1929 Scott Flying Squirrel has been kick-started in time for its display at Historic Winton on May 18-19.
The bike has been restored by Victorian brothers Michael and Peter Shacklock.
Listen to the bike fired up for the first time.
Scott Flying Squirrel
Their father, Arthur, bought the Flying Squirrel new in 1929 and raced it in the ‘30s, winning many scramble events, trial events and hill climbs.
But it all came to an abrupt stop in the 1950s when Arthur went for a ride and there was a loud bang.
“Dad rolled the bike down the Holzer St hill and straight into his garage/shed,” Michael says.
“Unfortunately the damage done was too severe for him to repair, so instead he disassembled the bike and engine into many boxes, where they stayed until around 50 years later, when Peter started to collect them.
“Around 10 years ago, the re-assembly and repairs commenced.”
Although the bike’s restoration is going well, the Flying Squirrel will not be racing this year at Historic Winton.
Instead, the brothers will do a Sunday parade lap around the Winton Raceway.
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The 43rd Historic Winton will be held at Winton Motor Raceway, near Benalla, Victoria.
Its Australia’s longest running, all-historic motor race meeting.
This year it is being held a week earlier than usual.
More than 400 historic racing motorbikes, sidecars and cars from the 1920s to the 1980s will compete in races and in the paddock. This year there will be a special display of Postie bikes and vintage scooters.
There will also be a trader market and heritage display of veteran and vintage vehicles.
Online tickets available to midnight, Thursday 16th May: Sat $25, Sun $35, Weekend $50 (all plus booking fee).
Raceway entry fees: Fri Free, Sat $30, Sun $40, weekend $60, children 16 and under free, competition paddock $5.
Camping at the track: $25/head per night. Camping enquiries: Winton Motor Raceway 03 5760 7100.