Capt Tom Moore’s vintage motorcycle found in museum

The Scott Flying Squirrel motorcycle that Capt Tom Moore’s used to race has been found in a Bradford museum

Capt Tom Moore

RECORD breaking fundraiser and all-around legend Capt Tom Moore has not really been out of the headlines much in 2020. And it seems his fame has helped to find the vintage bike he used to race on.

The Scott Flying Squirrel is now part of a motorcycle collection curated by Bradford Council’s museums and galleries service.

Capt Tom raced the machine in local club events winning numerous trophies at the time. He raced using the number 23 – a number that is still used by the Army endurance racing team to this day.

BBC reports that Maurice Rispin, a Scott motorcycles expert, remembers the machine being loaned to the museum or possibly sold to Capt Tom.

Bradford Council's executive member for healthy people and places, Sarah Ferriby, said: "We couldn't believe it when we found out that one of the bikes that we have on display in our Bradford Industrial Museum was once rode competitively by Capt Tom.

"Our museums and galleries service is really proud to possess this small but significant link with a true national hero of our times," she added.

The bike was later re-registered and ridden by C. H. Wood for scramble events

Capt Tom came to fame in 2020 as he set about trying to raise just £1,000 for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his back garden before his 100th birthday. At the closing of his JustGiving charity fundraising efforts the army veteran had raised over £30m at a time when it could really use a funding boost.

Not only did his efforts gain him international fame, but Capt Tom has also even been honoured with a Knighthood and is now an Honorary colonel, making his official title Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol.

He was also given a special flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as Spitfires and Hurricanes tracked over his Bedfordshire home.

Capt Tom has is also in the process of setting up a loneliness foundation, out of concern for the many people "who are feeling so very much on their own" at the moment.

He does not know when he will receive the honour, but he hopes the Queen "is not very heavy-handed with the sword, as by then I might be a rather poor old weak soul".

Captain Sir Thomas Moore, Visordown salutes you!