AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 28th October 2014

28th Oct 2014

The Copdock bike show is the central event of our month and the section stand was smoothly organised, as usual, by Richard and was augmented once again this year by the club’s display material, brought along by Stuart Smith. We had nine section machines on show, along with the Club’s raffle bike and we find that this is an ideal number for the size of the stand, since it allows visitors space to circulate round the display and to examine the bikes. All credit to all who came along on the day before to set it all out and the resulting effect was impressive, so it was a pleasure to find that the Show judges thought so too, with a Best Club Stand award rosette appearing during the day.
The general impression was that this year’s show was bigger and better than ever, possibly helped by super weather—the public came in droves to our area and whilst it’s normally thinned out before 4 o’clock, they were still around in reasonable numbers half an hour later. The Memorial Shield was won by Brian for Super Blue, his late model 31CSR and presented by Albert. A rota of Section members manned the stand, talked all day to visitors, answered loads of questions and gave out quite a lot of membership information Chris and Celia, our star raffle ticket girls had a very busy day, often with a queue forming to part with their money. Finally, a word of appreciation for Stuart, who is stepping down as exhibition officer this year and whose help makes such a difference.  He announced later that we had collected £878 for the raffle tickets.
Several section members figured in the show awards towards the close of the day, with Colin Taverner, Storm and Mike Chenery each collecting Best in Class awards and Colin the Best in Show in addition for his lovely flat-tank AJS single. We were pleased with the Show Stand award, which was a lovely piece of engraved crystal, unlike the time we got it many years ago, when it was a grotesque gnome-like statuette no-one wanted to take home. The stand was quickly dismantled and after all that, we all went home exhausted!
On club night, a few days later, we refined the distribution of administrative tasks we’d agreed last month, and several individuals undertook to cover duties as social secretary, maintaining the website, show affairs co-ordination and as section photographer; all part of the secretary’s job that has accumulated around Richard since the section grew to its current size. All these will be formally ratified with at the January AGM, of course.
The pub lunch was at the Coach and Horses in Melton for a change, with eight dining and very enjoyable it was. There are two jumbles locally, at Kettleborough and Great Blakenham before the next meeting, when we shall try to assemble a clothing order for delivery in time for Christmas