AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section notes 15th September2011

Two excellent runs on August evenings concluded the summer series. Since Jack had to sideline his bike when the engine nipped up, Little Peter stepped in to take the lead for the first, a run that finished at the tucked–away White Lion at Ufford. It’s a charming pub where they serve direct from the barrel but it’s so off-the-map that when John wanted to leave for his longish journey home to Bungay, he needed instructions to get back to the main road north. However, after a while he reappeared on foot, as his G9 had unfortunately died half a mile away. Rather than start fault-finding on a dark lane in the drizzle, Paul went to get his van and nobly ran him home with the bike.

At the month’s end, Brian and Celia headed the Last Evening Run to finish at the Turk’s Head, appropriately bringing us back up the lane to the pub under a superb sunset.

After holding club meetings in the pub’s barn during the summer months, September’s meeting was held back inside where it’s a bit warmer. A full house for clubnight booked up solid for the 26th, the Glow-worm Supper that celebrates the summer’s evening runs. Leukaemia Research had sent Richard a very attractive certificate of appreciation for our donation and we plan to have it framed with the group photo of the cheque presentation so that it can go on the wall in the bar. The programme for the next few months was discussed and the nine bikes to be on display at the Copdock Show were decided. The Section’s own stand is having a rest this year so Albert, Richard and Peter will shortly be going across to Kettering to collect the Club’s raffle bike and display equipment. Since several members will be at the Alternative Jampot at North Weald, manning the stand and selling raffle tickets as well will take a determined effort.

A run up to Henham Park to the Steam Rally is one of the regular fixtures in our calendar, and although the weather forecast had been for poor weather, the sky was cloudless most of the day. The crowds were there, the show was as good as ever, and we had a good number of bikes in the classic line-up.

Several machines have changed hands during the summer, with one member acquiring a dismantled late 650 CSR in several boxes, comprehensively stripped to the last bush and stud. It’s a mystery why people do this, but the resulting news updates on progress do give endless cause for interest at meetings. At least, all the items seem to be related and the boxes haven’t yielded any lawnmower bits. Not so far, anyway!