AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th May 2013

With fine weather at last in control, East Suffolk riders were out in force to enjoy the runs to Andrewsfield and back for the annual Inter-section meet at the airfield there. This is always a well-attended event, drawing members of the Club from all the eastern counties. Richard had scouted the route in advance with his wife Maggie and so we coped faultlessly both ways with the Sudbury black hole that swallows unwary riders. The day was, as usual an enjoyable get-together with lots of chat and banter. The food was plentiful and suited everyone. Something like fifty bikes were there at one time, with riders coming and going all day. Among the familiar faces milling around, it was a pleasant surprise to see Bill Redford again, looking as sprightly as ever and keen to show off his latest wheels, a very tidy James Captain. We noted that he’s already equipped it with pannier-racks, so maybe he’ll soon be off on another tour.
The first evening run of the season is always a keenly-anticipated event and of the fifteen gathered at the start at Spencer’s, two were recently–joined members. Mike was riding the 500 twin won in the recent raffle, whilst Pete lives in Swilland, quite close to the pub where the run was to finish and was riding an interesting army B*A in white arctic trim. Both have joined the Section and we look forward to seeing them in the future. Into May, and the first of the three programmed evening runs headed south to Manningtree station, a nice run and a convenient mid-point for meeting John and his North Essex contingent at the busy privately-run buffet bar.
Business matters reviewed by Richard at clubnight at Waldringfield covered quiet lanes, legislation on SORN and an apparent requirement for helmets when parading at shows. Further detail emerged from his meeting with the organisers of the event at the Suffolk Punch Trust in June. Dave has agreed to devise a route for the Sunday run and the section will organise the line-up later of bikes on the field, with rosettes awarded on the lines of our successful show in 2011.Finally, Albert outlined details of the Charity run, supporting The Stroke Association, on May 27th. The route has been checked out and will total 75 miles, with coffee at Darsham mid-way and the new owners of the Turk’s Head are doing food at the finish. All we need is good weather and it should be the best yet!