AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 23rd March 2014

23rd March 2014

As originally planned, the awards dinner was to be in place of the monthly pub lunch for February, but when the level of support fell below the minimum numbers and it had to be cancelled, we realised a gap was left in the social calendar. However, when it was pointed out that the golf club is open to the public for lunches, an informal meet was quickly arranged there instead and a dozen members enjoyed the meal in the conservatory, basking in sunshine to watch the action on the greens outside. It will certainly be on the list of venues for the winter months in future.
The main activity for the March clubnight was Albert’s presentation of the awards postponed from February. The clubroom was packed for the occasion. Congratulations went to winners of two awards that had been already received, the Pathfinder, won last spring by Maurice, and the Roy Stock Shield, won by Mick Dykes at the Copdock Show. The Quiz cup was shared by Pete Ranson and Storm and the Club Members’ cup, decided by a large majority in the recent ballot, went to Andy. Jim Lomax was the obvious choice to receive the Innovation award for the neat modification of slotting a Triumph twin engine into a Matchless frame, also recognised for an award at last summer’s Jampot rally. Some months ago, an unseeing motorist, in a classic “Didn’t-see-you” accident, brought off Chris Smith who, now fully recovered, ruefully accepted the Catastrophe award. Finally, an award was made to Colin Taverner who, with his knowledge of the marque, has quietly helped decide the winning machine on the section display at the Copdock Show for many years, and Albert acknowledged the Section’s thanks by presenting the Chairman’s Cup to him. It was his first visit to Waldringfield and we hope to see him there again in the future.
After a rough month or two, things looked up with better weather for the jumble at Great Blakenham, where several members were looking cheerful after finding parts to push their pet projects forward. Among other rebuilds making progress in the section, there is a bit of competition between a couple of members, each working on a Triumph lightweight. The month’s activities closed with the last of the winter pub meets, out at the Cross Keys, Redgrave, where it was a chance to see Roy and Pauline Potter and Pete and Sue Haddon on their home ground. The new programme is now published and activities will soon be underway on April 13th, with the shakedown run, Maurice’s Treasure Hunt starting at Melton Riverside and ending at Sizewell beach café.