AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th October 2012

16th   Oct 2012

With the extra space available at our new golf club headquarters, twenty eight members enjoyed the annual Glow-worm Supper to round off our programme of evening runs in style. The meal was set out in the restaurant with generous portions of home-made fare, efficiently served with friendly staff. Never seen so many men turn down the option of a dessert! All this promises that the buffet for our December quiz night and more especially the awards dinner, now confirmed to be in February, are going to be unmissable events. Forms for the Clubman of the Year award, to be presented at the dinner, have been sent out and nominations will close on December’s clubnight
For our stand at the Copdock bike show, the Section augmented the regular “shopfront” with backdrop display items from Kettering. On show were nine bikes from Section members along with the two 2012 raffle bikes. Following our record ticket sales last year, exhibitions officer Stuart Smith was hopeful for a repeat, so we were pleased when we sold over 800 tickets during the show. The stand was thronged all day with visitors and thanks are due to all the members who helped to erect, man the stand,  and sell tickets, making the event such a success. The Roy Stock Shield for the best bike of the marque was awarded to Brian for his sparkling AJS 31CSR, a recent rebuild. As Steve Bye, the sponsor of the award, was unable to be there, Albert presented it on this occasion. It became a double celebration when our longstanding show judge Colin found that he had himself won the Best in Show award for his 1927 AJS ohc model R7.
At October’s club meeting, there was nobody from the party that went to the Alternative Jampot who could tell us how it went. Presumably they were all too exhausted from their journeyings! After a vote to select which of the menus would be offered at the dinner and an update on coming events, Richard confirmed that the informal bar meetings would be resuming for the winter months at the Turk’s Head each fourth Monday. An order for section clothing has been placed and should be delivered by the December meeting. As the usual summer evening run to the Manningtree Station Buffet had been disrupted by an unfortunate spill, it was rearranged for the following Sunday and eight riders took advantage of a brilliant crisp morning for a bracing ride over the border to enjoy a drink and a sandwich. There should be opportunities to arrange more on good days if the weather forecast is suitable. Finally, a reminder of the jumble at Kettleburgh at the end of October and also there’s the possibility of a arranging a car-full to go to Kempton Park. Anyone interested contact Richard.