AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th October 2010

16th Oct 2010
Section Report-East Suffolk
At the end of September, the East Suffolk section celebrated the conclusion of their very enjoyable summer series of evening runs with the traditional Glow-worm Supper, being held for the second year “in-house” at the Turk’s Head. The pub successfully managed to accommodate a record number of 28 in the modest-sized meeting room for what was a very good meal. Credit is due to Richard for cheerfully keeping control of the delivery of the right meal to the right people.

We are always grateful to those stalwarts who volunteer to lead these trips to their favourite pub, often through corners of the county unfamiliar to the rest. The following weekend was the local big show, the Copdock Classic at the Suffolk showground and on the Saturday morning, many willing helpers quickly erected the section’s “Plumstead Motorcycles” shopfront display in the Club-stand Hall. Although the organisers say they can’t guarantee where we’ll be, every year we have the same double pitch in the hall, and the best we reckon. It’s just inside the door and the stand is thronged all day Sunday. The eleven gleaming bikes on display this year ranged from two 1929 models, an AJS 350 sidevalve M4 and a twinport Matchless 500 V2, to a Matchless P11a twin and the G80CS-engined Metisse scrambler that Storm has just completed, so something to interest everyone.

Peter Haddon, the section’s Keeper of the Cash, was the winner of the Roy Stock Shield for the best of the marque. He was convinced at first that someone was playing a joke when he saw the winner’s rosette on his G12, but just recovered in time to be presented.Copdock winner 2010

October’s clubnight at Hasketon was packed and saw the return of Robin from his European tour. The voting slips for the Clubman of the Year award have been handed out and they’ll be collected next meeting. Anyone who missed getting one should talk to Richard.

Also, Albert was taking orders for a new batch of section-badged clothing. The list this year includes a new item that’s proving very popular, a reversible fleece jacket. Anyone intending to order should let him have details by the November meeting, for delivery before Christmas.

Two new members welcomed at the Turk’s Head were John Purbrick and Mel Ringer, both of whom live quite near the starting-point of many of our runs, so they’ll have no excuse for being late!