AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 29th May 2015

best bike charity run 2015

29th May 2015

May’s Sunday run was a tour of Suffolk’s fine selection of windmills on National Mills Open Day, repeating a fondly remembered run of several years ago. With Dave Cook leading the way, they visited five windmills and Pakenham watermill during the day and Dave had topped off his excellent organisation by booking a splendid roast meal at Stanton. Pakenham will be holding a vintage power day at the end of June to run up all their machinery, so we may well have another run up to that.

At the end of the month, the Section’s annual charity event, the Sandlings Run, attracted a wide range of machines, but unfortunately this year, no pre-50’s bikes. Also missing were the three Lomax 3-wheelers that have enlivened the run in recent years. This year’s run was in support of SERV, the volunteer riders that transport blood and urgent medical supplies to hospitals and the local organiser, Mike Amos was on the run, riding one of their emergency bikes. Although fitted with blue lights, it seems they aren’t permitted to use them. Albert’s latest route took the riders 35 miles up-country to the coffee stop near Darsham, where the route-sheets for the return run were issued.. As usual, the route took in several lanes that were unfamiliar to many of the riders, with a total of about 70 miles. The finish was again at the Castle at Bredfield, where the bikes lined up and a barbecue was laid on. The voting for the popular choice later in the afternoon was overwhelmingly in favour of a lovely Triumph Thruxton, and the rider was presented with a bottle of wine to take home. For the other prize, the barmaid’s eyes decided on rather more classic metal in the form of Richard Cove’s shiny black G9 twin. To date, the event has raised over £150, with more still to add.

A few days later, another annual event was the evening run to the privately-run railway station buffet at Manningtree, a convenient halfway point to meet several of our North Essex Section cousins. Perhaps it was unfortunate planning as it one of the days of the Suffolk Show and the miles of traffic jams were awful for those unwise ( or daft?) enough to ride to the start via the A12 and A14. Jim led nine riders there and met a similar number of the neighbours at the station for a natter, setting off home just ahead of the rain to complete a good run out.