AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th June 2010

Section Notes June 2010

East Suffolk riders gathered in Wickham Market square in mid-May for an early start to a brisk breakfast run to the Sizewell Gap beach café, even arriving before the place had opened! Paul’s newly acquired G11.was admired over bacon rolls and coffee in the sunshine, before Dave led off toward Yoxford on a super country route, eventually finishing at Needham Market for a bite of lunch.

Two mid-week evening runs followed on successive Wednesdays; one led by Trevor finished at Charsfield and the second, to the Henley Cross Keys, was Jack’s run. Evening runs particularly attract a variety of non-marque machines, we notice, such as Hinckley Triumphs and the secretarial V-twin, perhaps something to do with lighting the homeward road.

There was certainly variety on the Section’s charity event, the Sandlings run, on Bank Holiday Monday and the bikes ranged from pre-war to modern, with more than half being other marques. Despite a gloomy start to the morning, there were more entries than last year and the car park was gratifyingly full of riders signing on. This year’s run had an extended route with a midway break at Thorpeness before returning to finish at the Turk’s Head and a barbecue in the sunshine. As the date coincided with the celebration of the first anniversary of the pub’s takeover by the community, we also had the benefit of bitter at £1 a pint! Customers at the pub contributed to the charity collection, with buckets being taken round by Chris and Celia, so the final figure we were able to send to the Motor Neurone charity was over £200. June started with a run that Maurice wanted to do, going out to Felixstowe one evening via most of the back lanes in the peninsula, it seemed. Unfortunately, the tail-enders of the run became separated after stopping whilst a young rider calmed her horse, which was getting increasingly agitated as the bikes crept past, so they went direct to the finishing point, a pub on the sea-front that had associations from their youth for several of the local-born members. The final recent event to report was the Section’s attendance at the country fair at Euston  Park, near Thetford. An excellent run up and an interesting day with lots to see. Our member Michael Chenery is the steward for the bikes and had reserved an area for us amongst around 70 machines on display.