AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 28th May 2014

The programme’s opening run in April was the treasure hunt, the winner of the event being Trevor with Pat on pillion, so at the May club night, the first item on the programme was for Albert, the chairman, to congratulate him and present him with the impressive Pathfiinder Shield. Richard announced his intention to step aside as secretary at the AGM in the New Year, so consider if you can take it on or we’ll be out with the press-gang! Amongst other items on the agenda, he reminded the troops of the need for a leader for the Suffolk Punch run. This will follow a winding route similar to last year, from Friday Street Farm Shop to the show. Entry forms are available from him and on the internet but this year they should be sent in direct and not returned to him. The run to the inter-section do at Andrewsfield was discussed, very enjoyable and well-supported by our members. This year’s meet was slightly lower on numbers, mainly missing riders from East London, who’d gone off on a frolic elsewhere, apparently. A couple of months ago, we heard that John F. had a mishap at home involving a rapid gravity-assisted descent from a ladder, so it was good to see him back with us and more mobile.

Evening runs usually get good support and there is a full programme every week or so during the summer months. There’s always a special feel of anticipation with the first evening run and Richard led over a dozen riders off on a super route up to Earl Soham before looping across to Debenham and Helmingham and a finish at the White Hart at Otley. A week later, Pete Ranson led another through the lanes to a finish at Walton. A dire weather forecast put off all but two from joining Andy for the next, his run to the pub at Barham, but as it happened, they enjoyed a dry run. Unfortunately, they didn’t go straight home from there and were caught in the later downpour!

The major event of the month was the annual Sandlings charity run, programmed for Bank Holiday Monday and saw over thirty riders set out on a route of seventy-five miles of quiet roads on a glorious sunny day. This event is advertised outside the section and so attracted a wide range of machines to set out armed with map and route sheets. The half-way stop at a golf centre north of Darsham for coffee is always popular and at the finish at Bredfield, the pub had put on a welcome barbecue. There was a lot of interest in the bikes lined up outside the pub and this year, of the two awards, both went to V-twins, but the two impressive machines were very different and years apart– and neither was a Harley-Davidson! For the riders’ choice, the votes overwhelmingly went for a lovely Vincent which the rider had meticulously built from parts gathered over a number of years. At the other end of the spectrum, the barmaid’s eye was caught by an Indian Chief, gleaming in traditional deep red. Just a few months old, the bike is one of the new production machines. Including the collection at the pub, the event raised over £200 for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, with some other donations still to come