AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 28th December 2014

28th Dec 2014

Section News
At the December club night, it was party time, the evening beginning with the quiz set by Peter Ranson this year. It was quite a stiff test of knowledge of the marque and motorcycle facts, with the final sheet of it requiring identification of 24 tank badges. After the obvious logos like Norton and Triumph (wording removed, of course) it all got a bit obscure and no-one managed them all! In the end, though, Richard emerged as the one with the fewest wrong answers and a round of applause thanked Pete for setting the questions. Once again the Golf club came up trumps with a splendid buffet supper and the evening concluded with the traditional raffle.
Some members always enjoy a day out to ride over to Boxford and watch the Eastern Fourstroke Association December pre-65 trial, known as the Boxford Bash. This was the following weekend, but it turned out to be a bitterly cold run. The conditions for the trial were perfect, though, with a big entry, but–sign of the times perhaps–only one bike of the marque in sight, a 410-bore G3 Matchless.
The last event of the year, the Cold Turkey Run on December 27th has suffered in recent years from the extremes of the weather, Traditionally attracting a field of at least 15 runners each year, the last couple of years have seen the run hit by torrential rain in 2012 and gale-force winds in 2013, meaning practically everyone went to the finish by car. Hopes were high for a good turnout this year, but after a night of steady rain, even brightening skies couldn’t tempt members out to blow away the cobwebs. A pity, because those who did the run that Albert led up to Helmingham enjoyed 25 miles of empty country roads that were drying nicely, meeting only a couple of patches of water on the way. At the finish, the Castle at Bredfield had promised food and a warming fire, so the eventual gathering of four-wheeled members and family supporters rounded off the year very pleasantly.
The AGM follows soon, in January. This year there will be change of Secretary, as after countless years, Richard is stepping aside. Also, in addition to the usual chance to review the coming year, we shall announce the result of the Club(wo)man of the Year ballot and we have to decide the charity the Section will support with the Spring Bank Holiday run.
Finally, the committee wish you a happy New Year and look forward to seeing lots of you on the road.  May your wheels turn smoothly throughout 2015.