AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 22nd April 2014

22nd    April 2014

Section News
The Treasure Hunt is organised by the member who won the trophy for the event the previous spring, so each year it covers new ground. In the capable hands of Maurice, the current holder, this year the route covered the area towards Snape and went up through Leiston to finish at the popular cafe at Sizewell Beach. Whilst mildly competitive, the event is mainly a chance to get out for a ride and a dozen or so riders enjoyed the sunshine with a few others coming directly to the cafe. As it’s the first run of the season, it’s a shake-down event for many but no problems with any of the bikes were reported. However, the difficulty of seeing the quiz sheet to read the clues and check mileage readings showed me one disadvantage of wearing a full-face helmet. Mental note–wear the open-face for the Treasure hunt next year! At the finish, after the coffee and bacon rolls disappeared, there was a need to invoke the tie-breaker question to settle the score, before Trevor and Pat were announced the successful team. The Pathfinder Shield is awarded for the event, and will be presented at the next clubnight.
At the Waldringfield club meeting in April we welcomed a new member, Olly Hackett, who has just got a 1957 single and spent the evening gleaning information to help solve his new-owner problems. There was also news of another lightweight being acquired, this time a 350 CSR model in unmolested condition, apparently.  We heard Richard give an update on future commitments, with the inter-section meet at Andrewsfield and the plans for the Suffolk Punch show at Hollesley in June the main ones. After he leads the first evening run, on 30th, to finish at Otley White Hart, no less than three evening runs are scheduled for May.
On Spring Bank Holiday Monday, the Sandlings charity run will be in aid of Breast Cancer research. Albert confirmed that the two parts will add up to around 75 miles and the pub has agreed to do a barbecue at the finish. As there was no willing volunteer to lead the run to the Euston Park Show in June, unfortunately that will have to be dropped. Richard gave out the entry forms for Hollesley and said that the advertising and organisation are being revised after last year’s first show. A group of Velocette owners from Norfolk have expressed their intention to come. As last year, the motorcycle route will be separate from that run by cars etc and is expected to be over a similar distance to 2013. As Dave is not available, a leader is needed.