AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th August 2011

August 2011

As usual, the East Suffolk section was well represented at this year’s Jampot rally by a total of eleven members. The rally site was excellent, with good food and beer at reasonable prices One man from Cornwall did ride to Bishop Auckland (and got a well-deserved award for it), but none of us felt equal to doing that, so after an outbreak of fevered activity over recent weeks, several new or modified bike trailers had appeared and all the machines could be trailered up to County Durham. Some of the party had been able to go early on the Thursday and were then able to enjoy the short Friday run to the railway museum, which delighted the train buffs like Dave. Everyone agreed the riding experiences on the Saturday and Sunday runs over the high Pennine moors were really unforgettable and tested East Anglian riding skills to the limit. Several of the section’s bikes needed some extra spannering during the weekend–perhaps it was those long climbs and precipitous hairpins that we’re not used to!

Congratulations to John and to Brian and Celia, who found both their bikes had sprouted Commended rosettes during the lunch stop at Stanhope. John’s machine was later judged best overall at the concours lineup back at the rally site, and he was duly awarded the Jampot Trophy. It’s a credit to our members that usually, at least two of the section’s bikes have got a rosette every year.

The annual evening run to Manningtree station lost one member before the start when Jack, cracking along at his usual pace on the A14, had his piston nip up and had to limp home. New piston fitted, he’s now running–in carefully so won’t be leading August’s run finishing at Ufford. August club night at the Turk’s Head was the occasion for the presentation to Leukaemia Research of a cheque for £455, money collected at the charity run and bike show. Well done all who helped make these events asuccess. In the middle of the month, Dave Cook led a Sunday run in brilliant sunshine down into Essex to Panfield, near Braintree, where several years ago we’d stopped for lunch on the way to visit a local club member, Rob Hayden, for a look at his collection of bikes and bygones. Dave’s route was the one we usually enjoyed when the inter-section meet was at Finchingfield, going by way of Monk’s Eleigh and Sible Hedingham.

We’ve booked for the Glow Worm Supper at the Turk’s Head, but space is limited, so contact Richard.

Plans are being made already for the Copdock Bike Show at the beginning of October. In place of the Section’s own “shop-front” display, this year’s stand will be a bit different, featuring instead the Club’s display materials, as used at the NEC, complete with this year’s raffle bike. In addition to that, there will be space for nine of the Section’s machines on display.