AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 4th October 2015

4th Oct 2015

One of the fixtures in our September programme for many years has been the Henham
Steam Rally, near Southwold, usually preceded by a run up to it in company and followed by
an individual return run in the afternoon, often through the lanes. This year, however, the
rally was transferred to the Suffolk showground, only on the outskirts of Ipswich. So on the
Sunday before the rally, to make up for the loss of that run, Jack Worthington stepped in to
lead the run he’d planned earlier in the summer but which had to be abandoned at the last
minute because of foul weather.  A dozen riders set off after Springheel Jack, aiming for a
finish on Orford quay, but they soon became separated into two parties which took slightly
different routes, but after an exhilarating chase, all arrived together. A brilliant run to enjoy
the autumn country lanes with hardly any traffic..
The Steam rally itself also includes a broad range of other vintage and classic vehicles and
the display line of motorbikes always throws up some very interesting machines. Many of
our members were there at the Showground, but as we had all arrived separately, it wasn’t
possible this year to arrange to line up with our banner as usual. It was difficult to judge
whether the show was better than at Henham, since the surroundings and layout were so
different, but whilst there was a lot to see at the show, the jumble stalls held mainly items for
cars and tractors, so few finds of bike bits. It was unclear whether it would be there at the
showground next year or back at Henham.
A couple of weeks later, however, we were back at the showground again for the Copdock
bike show, which was blessed with a cloudless day and continues to expand each year.  The
Club’s two raffle bikes combined with nine members’ bikes to make a fine display on the
Section stand and it was thronged with visitors all day. Celia and Chris,, our talented duo of
raffle-ticket sellers, were busy right to the last.  Congratulations to Richard Robinson, whose
very original 1952 Matchless G3 won the Roy Stock Shield for the best machine of the
marque. The shield was presented by chairman Albert, since Steve Bye, the sponsor of the
award, was unable to be there. Thanks, as always, are due to the members who helped man
the stand all day and erected and dismantled it so speedily. Meanwhile, some other members
were away at the Alternative Jampot rally in Norfolk, but the report about that will be next
month