AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th September 2012

16h Sept 2012

The hottest day of the year was forecast for the riders gathering at the Orwell Crossing cafe for the Breakfast Run. We were a little puzzled that Richard didn’t appear as promised, but apparently, his G9  sulked at the filling station on the way to the start, (later discovered to be caused by loose mag internals) and he’d returned home.  By the time the excellent bacon & eggs had been put away under the shade of the awning outside the cafe, it was already decided that the best direction to ride for somewhere cool would be to the coast.  Pete Ranson had devised a circular route on country lanes that fortunately included quite a lot of shaded woodland stretches and at the finish at Felixstowe Ferry; their enormous ice creams were particularly welcome. A party of ten members arranged by various means to travel up to the Jampot rally at Kelso, some adding additional days to the weekend. They were glad that they had had wisely taken the Section marquee with them. Waterproofs were tested with the Saturday run being particularly wet, and some went directly back to the site from the lunch stop. Brian and Celia linked the marquee with their new camper and dispensed coffee and cakes over the weekend. The Scots are to be congratulated for a memorable event –the scenery on the Sunday run was special and they all enjoyed the rally.  For the first time since Preston, though, there were no rosettes for our bikes this year!

After last year’s sunny evenings, there were calls to extend runs into autumn and Maurice led fifteen riders through the back lanes to Claydon early in September. At the club meeting a few days later, however, it was generally agreed that, with dusk falling around us, that was the limit, since dropping-off riders to lurk in the dusk at corners was too dangerous. That was actually the original reason that combining a ride with the Glow Worm Supper was abandoned a few years ago but we’d forgotten. Richard confirmed that the golf club was happy to cater for the supper and also provide nibbles with the December quiz night. The proposed dinner in February will be discussed later.

Two more new members were signed up, Tony Buckland and his son Dan, bringing Section membership to its highest ever. The main business covered was confirming detail arrangement for the Copdock Show, with news that Stuart Smith was bringing the raffle bikes to display, so the pressure is on to sell plenty of tickets! Since the evening meet with North Essex members at Manningtree didn’t happen, it was decided the Sunday run in October is to go there instead of Earl Soham. Finally, Albert is making a list for some more section-badged clothing with a view to ordering in time for delivery before December. Contact him if you want to be included.