AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th August 2010

16th August 2010
Section Report-East Suffolk
The frantic pace of recent East Suffolk activities started with a scenic run in July to Walton-on-the-Naze, where former members John and Ann met us at the Naze tower. After having coffee and looking round the tower, the group rode on for a pub lunch, later going back to their house in Frinton for tea. A few days later was the annual evening run to Manningtree station buffet, meeting our North Essex cousins. With a black sky threatening, Dave led off in the opposite direction on a roundabout route, dodging the downpour copped by late arrivals who went there directly.

On the following weekend, the section had a stand at the Langford Museum of Power at Maldon, displaying a varied selection of machines. Strangely, the local North Essex section had gone up to Norfolk to see the autogiros of Group Captain Ken Wallis, so John, who lives in Bungay, joined them there as it was a lot nearer.

No fewer than fourteen went to the Clent Hills Jampot rally in August and all agreed that the rally was thoroughly enjoyable and a credit to the West Midlanders. After all the preparation, the wet run on Saturday must have been a disappointment for them. A few of us seized the chance to go instead to the Black Country Museum, since the AJS and Sunbeam bikes of the Marston collection were in action for that day only, and then went to visit the Stevens factory sites in Wolverhampton. The weather was perfect for the Sunday run to Bridgnorth, the run was well organised with an enjoyable route. There was anxiety for one Section member who had to be rescued when anguished noises were coming from the engine room several miles after the lunch stop. Fortunately, the bike doesn’t seem to have suffered too much from the lack of oil, but he will definitely remember to turn it on in future. Credit to the three section members who gained Commended rosettes for the concours.

Brian, Peter & John with rally concours rosettes

Brian, Peter & John with rally concours rosettes

After a lot of speculation that this year the winner was bound to be an AJS, Brian was hopeful but again came away disappointed. Two days later was another evening run, this one led to finish at Rendham by Jim Lomax. No details, but we understand that Chris and Maureen, who live close by, turned up on their tandem. The final event of note was the Section barbecue that weekend, held in the garden of chairman Albert and Sylvia’s house on a perfect afternoon. Thanks to Tom who cheerfully did the hot job, and to the girls for the desserts.