AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th June 2013

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Two successful evening runs completed May’s programme. Pete Nicholls led us to his favourite watering hole, the Bell at Middleton and for Mick’s run to Framlingham, the skies cleared after a day of rain for a fine run to the Station hotel, next to Andy Tiernan’s emporium.  Into June, and Maurice ‘s run a couple of days after the club meeting was also threatened to be a wet one and so went fairly directly to the pub at Claydon.
At the end of May, the Section’s annual charity event, the Sandlings Run, attracted 35 riders and passengers on Bank Holiday Monday, entrants ranging from two pre-war Panther singles to a couple of Lomax three–wheelers. Albert’s latest route took them 40 miles up-country before the coffee stop near Darsham, where return route sheets were issued. The finish was at the Turk’s Head as usual, where food was laid on by the new owners. The total route was just on 75 miles, again taking in several lanes that were new to many riders. John was doubly unfortunate when he suffered a puncture, as he had to arrange his own recovery since he’d overshot a junction and as a result wasn’t detected by “sweeper” Richard. The voting for riders’ choice later in the afternoon was overwhelmingly in favour of Mel’s original G9 twin. After trying unsuccessfully several ways of stowing his prize of bottles of Adnam’s on the carrier, he realized the full value of having Julia and her pockets! Andy’s 500 single was the barmaid’s choice but he managed to stow his wine bottle without trouble.  The event raised £150 for the Stroke Association, the Section’ charity this year.
June’s Club night welcomed new member Arnold along with his wife Mary. He’s acquired a 350 lightweight ripe for re-commissioning and was soon gaining useful information in conversation with other lightweight owners.
A traditional evening event in the Section for many years has been the midsummer fish and chip run to Aldeburgh, but it was belatedly realised that this year the date was going to clash with a performance, as part of the Benjamin Britten centenary, of the opera “Peter Grimes” on the beach, along with all the traffic congestion we love to avoid. The run will now be a week later on June 26th, when we should have the roads to ourselves and won’t have to battle for space in the queue at the chippy!
Please note that to get free entry to the Henham Steam rally in September, it’s necessary to fill in an entry form as an exhibitor and that form must be in by end of July.