AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th April 2013

16th April 2013

Given the atrocious weather over the winter, it was no surprise that the last pub lunch on the winter programme was held in a snowstorm! Since we’d quite reasonably expected earlier in the year that by March it would be spring, we’d booked lunch at a pub a bit further out from our usual haunts, at Huntingfield, north of Framlingham. Nevertheless, nobody seemed deterred by the snow and the expected number of members was there to enjoy it.
It was good to see Pete, our treasurer at the April club meeting along with Sue after his recent bout of ill-health and  looking well. Business was very much taken up with plans for the runs and events in the coming months. As an extra to those in our published programme, one of our members, Tony, is arranging a group visit to the Cold War museum at Bentwaters, to include a tour of the site in his vintage motor coach! More detail emerged about the Suffolk Punch Trust gathering at Hollesley in June. The large event has slipped ”under our radar” until now, with the first show last year. It is a two-day country show on their very large site, with the road run for the bikes on Sunday the 30th.  Richard has the entry forms.  Run details were confirmed for the inter-section meet at Andrewsfield, which Richard will lead, and of the coming evening runs to Swilland and Manningtree.
The riding event that opens the programme is always a local shakedown event, the Treasure Hunt and by contrast with the snow for the pub meet in March only a couple of weeks earlier, the bikes left the start at Westerfield in warm sunshine. The route, devised by Dave this year, was an enjoyable trundle in the country lanes and at the close, resulted in the award of the Pathfinder Shield to Maurice.  Several other members who were unable to take part gathered at the pub to swell the numbers for lunch. Mel’s acquisition of a G9 twin in very original condition aroused a lot of interest when he arrived. Part of the interest was because it is really, absolutely oil-tight. Not one drop appeared on the tarmac. However, the mischievous suggestion that there may not be oil in the chaincase was without foundation, we understand! There has been recent news of some other new machines, too, as new member, Rick, has bought a 350 and Graham has favoured one of the WD Matchlesses. All three machines have come from other members from within the Section, which underlines the value Club members get from personal contacts.