AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th December 2013


16th   December
The pub-lunch regulars ate well in late November at the Gardeners Arms, Stutton, one of our good-value favourites. No other activity then until club night in December, with the meeting set to follow our traditional Christmas party format. First, though, after reviewing various recent bits of news, Richard announced that he would shortly be posting voting forms for the Club person of the year and the golf club had provided sample menus for the February awards dinner. Decisions for both are needed at clubnight in January. Half a dozen of the new embroidered section patch badges disappeared promptly when Albert produced them for sale. At only £3 each they are set to be popular.
On to the festivities and Mel, in charge of the quiz part of the programme for the evening, started things off with a couple of short ones. What he followed these up with, though, turned out to be the evening’s highlight! It was a hilarious “TT race” event that involved four “riders” at one end of the room furiously winding string so that their “bike” travelled the length of the floor. By the time the “bikes” reached the finishing line, we were all collapsing with laughter and the “rider” shown to own the fastest throttle wrist was Storm. Congratulations to him and thanks to Mel for the entertainment. A generous buffet put on by the golf club followed and the evening concluded in the usual style with the raffle.
Each year during December, the Anglia Classic Club holds their Boxford Bash, a classic trial in woodland behind the village and a group of us always like to ride over to watch. Dave led the way and the morning started brightly, but it wasn’t to last and it was grey by the time the party arrived. One of  the lads, Brian, hadn’t watched trials before and said he found it an eye-opener. It sounded as if he’d love to have a go! Riding conditions for the trial were good and there was a big entry, but sadly, a sign of the times, only one bike of the marque. The lone AJS was doing well, though and the rider, John Daly, looked to be enjoying his day.
The final event of the year, starting at Spencer’s at Martlesham (10.45 for 11 am) is the Cold Turkey run, when well-muffled riders (who should really know better), emerge from their comfortable homes to circulate the countryside on their bikes until the leader, Albert this year, decides its time to go and get thawed out in front of a big fire with something warming to eat. The run is always well-supported, nonetheless and the finish will be very promptly at 12 noon at the Castle at Bredfield, where the landlord is opening specially to serve us.
If they don’t see you before, the chairman and committee send all our friends best wishes and hope your wheels turn smoothly through 2014