AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th September 2010

16th Sept 2010

The last East Suffolk evening run in the summer series was programmed for the end of August, but with wind and slashing rain all day, a series of phone calls soon decided members to meet instead at the Turk’s Head for a convivial evening and postpone the run for the following week. Then, by contrast, 15 riders set off under clear skies and a lovely sunset as Mick D led the re-arranged run through the lanes to the Railway Hotel at Framlingham. At some point, though, six more members from the Felixstowe contingent caught up unnoticed in the dusk and tagged on, to the confusion of the scribe, who was  “drop-off” marshal at the next corner where bikes kept thundering past far longer than he’d expected!

The Section display at the coming Copdock Show at the county showground was one of the main topics discussed at September’s meeting. It has been decided that in view of the lack of time to do it properly, plans to modify the show stand to appear more like a 1950’s bike shop are being held over for the future.  An interesting selection of bikes was offered for display, with two extra pre-war machines expected to be joining Robert’s ’37 G2 in the line-up. The show is an established landmark in the East Anglian calendar and so successful it seems to take up more of the Showground each year. Since the date of the show always coincides with the Alternative Jampot, though, those hardy members who go rallying always miss the chance to be there.

Items for the winter programme were discussed and it is hoped to include the visit to the Orwell observatory and the First Aid for Riders session with former member and St John’s trainer Dave Grant, both postponed from last year. Also during the meeting, menu selections were collected for the Glow-worm Supper at the end of the month, celebrating the many successful evening runs over the course of the summer. This will be held “in-house” once again after the Turk’s Head coped so successfully last year. In that connection, the chef is now doing the Monday fish’n’chips in the pub’s own kitchen, since the management have given the push to the chip van man, after finding that he proved unreliable. That should suit the hungry members who have been coming early to enjoy them, only to find he’d already gone!!