AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 31st May 2017

31st May 2017

The Section meetings for the summer months are at the Seckford golf club and there was a good number of members there in May to try out the very pleasant surroundings. We caught up on recent events and then spent quite a bit of time discussing details about the organisation of the Alternative rally in October. Several members have put themselves forward to help run the weekend, something we’ll go into in more detail in the next month or two as we set up a working group. Since the rally will be only a few days after our appearance with the Section display stand at the Copdock bike show, it will need careful planning to be sure that the weight of the work doesn’t fall on the same few shoulders.
The Sunday run in the middle of the month was led by John along the peninsula to Shotley to have a bite of lunch at the pub there and enjoy watching all the sailing activity on the river. A few days later, Rob Day was in charge of the evening run, and led a large contingent of over a dozen to the Cretingham Bell—one of our favourite spots with plenty of outside space to sit and natter whilst we enjoy the evening sun.
The Charity run on Bank holiday weekend was this year changed from Monday to Sunday after clashes for the last two years with the local Kettleburgh jumble, which seemed to have reduced the numbers on the run. The run is over a 75-mile route in two parts with a coffee-stop halfway and this year it raised £80 for our charity collection. At the finishing point, the White Hart at Otley, after the first few riders had arrived, there was concern when news came through that there had been a spill. One of the riders, David, had come off with gravel on a bend and both he and his machine had finished up in a deep ditch. Fortunately, he wasn’t injured, but whilst the emergency services were checking the rider over, the lads tried to get the bike up. The bike, an immaculate Excelsior Manxman, was neatly wedged along the bottom of the vee-shape of the ditch and it proved impossible to get at, so a breakdown truck had to come and recover it and they took him home. Amazingly, David reported that the bike was completely unharmed by its adventure, but we’re giving him the Off-Road Achievement award in compensation for spoiling his day!