AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 20th July 2011

Section Report-East Suffolk July 2011

A popular section event at midsummer is the annual evening run to eat fish’n’chips on the sea-wall at Aldeburgh. It’s a good ride out there, usually with little traffic about, and this year about 15 riders enjoyed the outing. Unfortunately, Albert, Richard and Peter had to miss it in order to brief the Turk’s Head management on the detail for the Camping Weekend and Show. The section put its full effort into the organisation and most members made a contribution in some way.

It was a little disappointing that a party from the Fenrunners, a Vincent outfit and a couple of others were the only visitors after the publicity we put out to local sections and clubs, but those who did come for the weekend had a great time. The camping was on the field alongside the pub and after Donna’s full English breakfast on Saturday, Dave Cook led just under thirty riders off for a 50 mile run before a snack lunch at Granary Crafts Centre at Buxhall, near Stowmarket. There was also lots to look at, as it had a fascinating bygones collection, including cars and bikes. Back at base again after the run, the pub’s food and a band in the barn rounded off the day. Sunday dawned really hot and the bikes on show were lined up in the welcome shade of the trees in the garden at the Turk’s Head.  The pub had organised a barbecue for the event, so there was a steady flow of customers to the show with a lot of interest shown in the machines and we recruited a further member as a result.

The Best in Show award went to a very original G11 twin owned by Paul Manning, whilst several bikes gained Highly Commended rosettes. Along with the money raised from the Charity Run in May, the weekend’s events raised £455 for Leukaemia Research, so thanks to all who were involved.

Richard led 18 of us on the first of two evening runs in July, an interesting route ending at Blakenham, in which he included several newly-gravelled lanes. Later in the month was the run to meet the North Essex cousins at Manningtree.  Over to the west of the county, at Stradishall, there’s a good café we went to a few years ago that’s always popular with riders. Nine of us met up earlyish one Sunday morning recently for a ride over there, going via Long Melford  and Clare.with the idea of having a late breakfast before going on to a bike show at Stonham. However, while we were there, we got talking to Peter, who was riding a very nice AJS competition single and introduced himself as a Club member living locally. He kindly invited the party back to his house nearby where, over a cup of tea, they spent a fair while looking at his interesting collection of bikes.  We did later get to the show, which turned out to be rather smaller than we expected but we didn’t mind, as the day had been so enjoyable anyway!