AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 15th July 2010

15th July 2010

In East Suffolk, we always celebrate midsummer with an evening trip out to Aldeburgh and this year the run attracted over twenty riders and passengers. After the multitude had stormed the famous fish and chip shop, we ate sitting in a row on the warm sunny sea-wall, with the gulls awaiting any chance scraps, before a stroll along to the pub rounded off the evening. It was a first opportunity to catch up with Dave and Maurice and hear their experiences in Ireland at the International rally, which they had thoroughly enjoyed. Also, it was nice to see Ted, who was just back with tales from the Vintage club’s Weymouth Week and had come down from Yoxford for the run.

As a result of omissions and late date changes, unfortunately there was more than one version of the events programme circulated and that caused some confusion at the beginning of July. After we’d corrected a wrong date programmed for a Saturday run to a village show, that and the run to the Long Melford Vintage Rally ended up on successive days. With some thinking it was the following week, disappointingly only two went on the Saturday.

Dave led us off on a lovely run to Long Melford – I think we only saw one car all the way – in the cool morning of what later became a baking hot day. It’s a show principally for vintage tractors and farm machinery, but with a huge contingent of cars and a smaller but interesting selection of bikes on display. There were some lighter moments when the riders who decided to ride into the ring were interviewed by a man who obviously hadn’t a clue about bikes and enthused about their original features like the ammeter and the “genuine Lucas switch”

Meanwhile, Peter and Trevor had gone to the AJS centenary bash at Woolwich to see and hear what may have been the last runs of the Porcupine, according to Sammy Miller. Two well-supported evening runs followed early in July, the first piloted by Andy, up to the Dolphin at Thorpeness, and the other by Brian (with onboard Celia-nav) ending at the Ramsholt Arms to watch the sun set over the Deben river. At July’s clubnight at the Turk’s Head, Albert reported that he, Richard and Peter had met the pub’s committee to agree the basic shape of the camping weekend and bike show we are proposing for June next year and they are very enthusiastic. Tickets are available from Albert for the Section barbecue on August 14th, but before that, the rallygoing team are off to the Clent Hills—reports next month.