AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 20th February 2013

20th   Feb 2013

Attendance at the Gardeners Arms at Stutton for January’s pub lunch meet was about up to the limit for the pub’s dining room. The meal was excellent, as usual, and it was a welcome chance to see Ann and John from Frinton and Colin from Colchester, some of the members from the south of our patch who live a little further from the centre of the action.
Clubnight on February was billed as a film night, but first, the business of the meeting was quickly dealt with. The final details for the dinner at the end of the month and for the summer’s  programme of activities were settled and Richard showed off some “new” trophies which will be presented at the dinner. These had been made or modified by Paul and incorporated “bits” donated by other members. A Catastrophe Award for the most outstanding mishap of the year and another for innovation are new. There will now be a tangible award, too, for the winner of the “Bits in the Bag” competition (sometimes known as the Champion Groper!). Please note that in addition to the awards dinner, there will still be the usual informal get-together in the bar at the Turk’s Head at the end of February.
In the function room, the projector was already set up to continue the main activity on the evening’s programme. The programme combined a more recent film, celebrating the Sunbeam and AJS factory test riders’ route in the Welsh mountains, with some b&w film showing 1950’s and ‘60’s motor sport.  One of these followed the 1954 Welsh national 6-day trial, which was the selection event for the British team for the ISDT and that looked particularly gruelling.  Imagine arriving at a mountain checkpoint after riding against the clock all week, perhaps in the rain, and then be told to take off and replace your back wheel or the hot silencer against a stopwatch. Real men in those days! The evening was much enjoyed and, with the space and facilities we now have, we’ll surely repeat it in the future. It was disappointing that the invited vintage club weren’t there too. Despite several reminders, they apparently hadn’t advertised it to their members.
It was good to welcome Rick, from nearby Kesgrave, whose Club membership was advised to us on 7th and who, after we wrote our usual welcome letter, was enrolled in the section at the meeting on 13th, surely a record.  We look forward to seeing him with us in the future.