AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th September 2013

Emma  green 2013

16h Sept 2013

Mid-August saw Andy’s well-supported evening run go to the Wheatsheaf at Tattingstone, a pub we haven’t visited for several years, following lanes round the other side of Ipswich previously unknown to many of us. That’s the last evening run of the season, since we decided last year that dropping-off markers in the dusk for them to lurk at lane corners is getting too risky by September. A couple of years ago, part of a run to Framlingham mistakenly tagged on to the tail-lights of another group of riders and went miles before they realised!
Thirteen members were at the Jampot rally, all agreeing the East Berks did a good job. Every detail was smoothly organised; the booked meals arrangement with timed sittings worked well and it certainly avoided lengthy queues. The runs were enjoyable, though traffic and drizzle were a bit trying in the Windsor area on the way to the interesting motor museum on Saturday. Sunday’s run was a lovely scenic route and there was plenty to look at in Marlow. Even occasional showers didn’t spoil a great weekend that ended with awards for Jim and his Matchless/Triumph special, visits from the rosette fairy for four of our bikes on Sunday’s run, and a raffle win for Albert. The following Sunday, Andy was again in the lead for the run up to Sizewell Beach café for coffee and bacon rolls on the way to visit the Long Shop museum in Leiston, the former Garrett engineering works. For anyone with a practical training, it’s sobering to see tools, familiar from your youth, featuring in a museum!  Dave was due to take charge for a run to Thetford in mid-September to enjoy the Dads’ Army museum. Normally, our weekend runs are on Sundays but as that’s a day the museum isn’t open, the run was arranged for a Saturday. However, when poor weather combined with members’ other weekend commitments, Dave and Andy were alone in the pouring rain at the start point, so they sensibly abandoned it.
The Glow-worm Supper at the golf club at the end of September rounds off another enjoyable season of evening runs and at clubnight, 28 members booked their places and details were discussed for the manning of the Section stand for the Copdock show. Once again, this year’s Club raffle bike will be there, displayed along with nine from the Section including John Smith’s gleaming 500 single, centrefold star in the current Classic Bike magazine. The programme for the winter months has now been published, with a change to the venue of the informal bar meets, now that the Turk’s Head is less welcoming and is also no longer doing meals.  The new venue is at the Castle, Bredfield and the intention is to support them so that runs, such as the Christmas Cold Turkey, the treasure hunt and the charity run, will be able to finish there with food available.