AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section notes 15th February 2012

Feb 15th 2012

The first pub lunch of 2012 was on 21st January and was enjoyed by 10 members at the Red Lion, Martlesham, near the start of many of our runs. It was an excellent way to spend a winter lunchtime, but in view of the weather, nobody arrived on bikes. Despite the decision to move our section meetings to Waldringfield, we intend to continue our connection with the Turk’s Head.  About a dozen members met in the bar for the usual informal natter night and sat round the lovely fire. Unfortunately, poor Chris was penned in the corner next to that fire and eventually had to move when it all got a bit too warm.
The main excitement recently was the prospect for February clubnight of the spacious new meeting place at Waldringfield Golf Club, which resulted in a bumper turnout. On arrival, things got even better, with an invitation from the manager to use the main bar lounge, which was empty.  The new venue also opens the possibility for film shows or talks; for example, Ed Abbott has offered to talk about military bikes in April and he will be able bring his WD Matchless into the meeting room!
Final details of the summer programme were decided, but a volunteer is still needed to oversee the organisation of the year’s runs.  These start as usual in April, when the winter’s rebuilds and restorations come blinking into the light of day. First on the list is the Shakedown Treasure Hunt and, despite Brian doing his best to avoid being first back, Brian and Celia finished winners of last year’s event and so will be in charge this year. One week later, the Eastern inter-section meet on April 22nd is at a private airfield near Braintree—see adverts in the magazine for details. Apart from the usual evening and Sunday runs, other significant happenings will be the Kent International Jampot that, apparently, our entire Formation Rallying Team plans to attend, the charity run on June 4th and a camping weekend at the end of June.
There have been no details of the imminent completion of any major rebuilds in the section, although we know of several longer-term projects. There’s certainly a renewed interest in lightweights, though, with two phone enquiries recently. Nevertheless, there will probably be a good proportion of our membership at the Great Blakenham jumble later this month, all looking for that elusive bargain.  Now the snows have cleared, we’ll soon be off again with another year of fun on wheels. See you on the road.