AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th March 2013

16th   March 2013

The Section is celebrating fifteen years existence and after holding a dinner at the end of February, can now feel properly grown-up. The food and service at the clubhouse was excellent and we were impressed by the provision of place cards by the club manager complete with the “AJS” badge.

It was also the opportunity to present several awards following the meal. Maurice was awarded the Member of the Year by popular vote and the Section chairman, Albert, presented the Chairman’s Cup to Andy, who has been a member from our early days at the Red Lion and rides 50 miles daily to work and back. The Innovation Cup is one of several awards we’ve decided to introduce this year and went to Robert in recognition of his inventiveness–he is known for his skill in adapting whatever is to hand, and the rear light and speedo mount for his lovely pre-war G2 made from coffee-jar lids are examples!  The Roy Stock Shield for the best bike at the Copdock show went to Brian, who also cornered the Quiz cup and will have to set the next quiz. Applause for Dave who won the pathfinder shield in the Spring –he’s setting the next treasure hunt route in April. Not everyone is expected to do something next year for their award, though! The Catastrophe Award went to Richard in recognition of his dramatic spill last summer, fortunately with only bruises to self and wallet. Finally, Storm and Pete collected their award for the joint highest-score place on the Bits-in-the–bag evening.  Thanks are due to Paul, who had made both the last two trophies in his workshop, incorporating donated scrap items in handsome oak mounts.

Attendance at club nights has hardly been affected by the poor weather this winter, amazing considering that the clubhouse is out in the country and March was the third clubnight in a row with snowy roads. Richard outlined the events in the riding calendar, starting with the shakedown event, Dave’s Treasure Hunt on 14th April. He and Maggie will shortly be going to the airfield in Essex to check out the catering arrangements for the inter-section meet the following week, April 21st. A promising new event in the diary will be at the Suffolk Punch Trust, based near Woodbridge and this is to raise funds for the Suffolk Punch horses. They are holding a country show event in the summer combined with a classic run, to include all manner of cars, trucks and tractors and they want us to organise the bike section.  However, we’re stressing that for safety reasons, our bike run will use a completely separate route from that used by other run vehicles, after past experience of other old vehicle runs where some of us have had hairy moments with near misses!