AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th August 2013

16th August 2013

August opened with the annual section barbecue, always the well-attended main social event of the summer! Once again it was at the invitation of Mick D and Chris in their garden and it was lovely to sit in the warm sunshine to enjoy the food and company. There will be the usual large contingent going off to the Jampot Rally later in August and plans for the journey to Reading were being made at several tables in the clubroom at the monthly meeting. With the Copdock show not far in the future, a list of bikes available for the show stand was drawn up, with the plan again being to have nine machines in addition to the main Club’s raffle bike.

The Glow-worm Supper to round off the enjoyable evening run season will be held at the end of September with the golf club being requested to provide a menu similar to last year’s.

The runs in July and August have been well-supported. and have been blessed with some lovely evenings. After the run to Easton in early July, a second run later in the month was led by Paul to finish at the Victoria  at Earl Soham. Andy took charge of the run in August with a route that amazingly managed to get right round Ipswich on lovely quiet minor roads and back lanes to reach the Wheatsheaf at Tattingstone.

The month’s main Sunday run was led by Richard; rather shorter than usual but most interesting, being to the former USAF airfield at Bentwaters. One of our section members, Tony, runs a coach company based on the site and he had suggested a visit to the Cold War museum now established there. On their arrival, he met the party in his 1929 vintage single-deck bus and then, with a very well-informed guide aboard, they were given a complete tour of the vast site with all its bunkers and command buildings. After that, they spent another two hours in the museum itself, an amazing and well-presented collection before riding off to Orford to complete their day’s run with a bite of lunch at the Jolly Sailor.