AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 28th February 2017

28th Feb 2017 Section News


The section AGM tabled for the January meeting had to be re-scheduled after the healthy turnout of members found themselves standing in a darkened carpark at the Golf club —they had forgotten all about us! However, we went ahead the following week to a somewhat reduced gathering. There was a brief summary of the year’s activities from Albert, then the financial picture from Pete, the money man, with a recommendation to keep the subs unchanged, which was unanimously approved, unsurprisingly.. Maurice announced that he had decided to pass on the Secretary’sbaton and would not be standing for re-election. We owe him sincere thanks for all his sterling work in the role, despite having to fit in with his other interests. In his place, John Purbrick was elected secretary and all other officers were re-elected.

Albert announced that the main Club had sent us a Peter James Insurance voucher as thanks for selling the huge number of tickets for the Club’s raffle at the Copdock show. .Discussion concluded that the best and fairest thing would be to raffle it for our chosen charity at the next meeting, the film nightto which VMCC members are invited and would swell the numbers.The charity collection for last year had amounted in total to £280 for St Elizabeth’s Hospice and it was decided to make this year’s charity the Stroke Association.

The films were the usual broad mix of motorcycling topics, opening with two black-and-white films, the first a fascinating film from 1914 showing assembly of a Rover motorcycle. It concluded with an amusing sequence on the testing of the completed machines with few other vehicleson the empty unsurfacedroads and any pedestrians and one poor lady cyclist disappearingin clouds of dust.The second filmin B&Wwas an interesting account of WW2 training of army motorcyclists. They were all riding girder-forked Matchless G3’s, we noted, as we saw them progress from wobbles to off-road capability. Following on in the programme were profiles of racer Giacomo Agostini and veteran sidecar ace Stan Dibben.

After Jack’s 350 found a new home with Peter L in December, there has been quite a flurry of changes of bike ownership in the Section recently,. Dave has taken ona rebuilding project, a dismantled 500 single, whilst another single, ashiny 350 short-stroke this time, has been acquired from Pete N by a new member, Julian, who has alsothe lucky winner of the raffle.We hope to see these on the road when the new programme of runs is decided at the March meeting.