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By Ken Mettam
I enjoyed J S Lycett's article on the Clark
Scamp. I too own one of these pretty machines and was
wondering if I should restore it or not. The gold lining
put me off and I have kept it in 'as found' condition. I have an
original Scamp Rider's Manual and will be sending a photocopy of
this to the club library.
I wrote to a member of staff who was involved in the Scamp
production and he told me the following:
- The Scamp project started in 1967 as a new departure from
making masts for yachts.
- The Scamp could not compete with the new Japanese machines
that were coming onto the British market.
- Because of financial difficulties, Lloyds Bank appointed a
Receiver/Manager in 1968.
- As a result of this there was a 50% reduction in staff and
the complete disposal of almost all the finished machines and
components; about 3,000 to 4,000 were made.
- The engine was Clark designed and manufactured.
- The cycle frame was made by the CWS in Birmingham and was
similar to their Co-op Commuter bike.
- No spares were kept by Clarks, who now trade as CMTS, Clark
Masts (Technical Services) Ltd.
First published - February 1997
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