AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 14th June 2012

14th   June 2012

Fifteen East Suffolk riders gathered in the May evening sunshine with the first chance this year of a decent evening run, for Mel’s excellent tour of the local lanes round the Felixstowe area. The run ended up at the Admiral’s Head at Bealings, where another half dozen of the section were waiting, having arrived too late for the start. As we pointed out, since they were all the section’s Felixstowe members, they could have joined in en route anyway!

The party that went to the international Jampot returned to those of us who missed it with glowing reports of a splendid weekend. Well done the organisers. Meanwhile, some of the Felixstowe group were on holiday in northern Spain, having organised a week riding bikes and we understand that, despite an unfortunate spill that sidelined one of the bikes and left Trevor a bit tender, they enjoyed the exceptional roads and scenery.
June’s programme is a busy one. The annual charity run was programmed for the Spring bank holiday Monday and having built up the event over the past few years so nearly forty bikes participated last two years, it was a little disappointing that this year just fifteen machines and a Lomax 3-wheeler set out. The cause of the small turnout was probably a combination of competing Jubilee events and a poor weather forecast. However, the forecast weather didn’t happen and all involved, once armed with map and route card, set off and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, finally returning to our old haunt, the Turk’s Head for lunch. Of the two awards, the rider’s choice went to Mark Berry’s pretty little pre-war Panther and the barmaid’s eye fell on Maurice’s G80. So, overall we were pleased with the day, and Albert announced at the June club meeting that, with donations and the collection at the pub, we have been able to send £150 to the Prostate Cancer charity. A couple of days later, Lucky Jim led an evening run to finish at Pettistree and later in the month, the midsummer run to Aldeburgh follows. This is always a popular event, with sometimes over twenty riders cramming the famous fish and chip shop before going to sit and eat in a row on the sea-wall and then rounding off the evening with a stroll along to the pub. The camping weekend and run to the Old Buckenham air show will conclude the month.

As an extra happening, ten members had a very interesting afternoon visit to a local firm in Woodbridge. It is a specialist foundry producing awesome high-specification castings in stainless steels and nickel, titanium and copper alloys for extreme conditions in petro-chemical and processing industries. Perhaps we could have asked if they would do cranks for AMC twins!