AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 24th July 2013

P100026724th July 2013

June’s evening runs were both affected by the weather in their different ways. Maurice had a range of routes in mind for his run due to finish at Claydon’s Greyhound pub, but a threatening forecast deterred all but four riders, who elected to go the most direct way through Henley. As it happened, there was no more than a light drizzle and they had an excellent run the others missed. For the fish and chip run, there’s always a good turnout; in this case more than fifteen and Mick led the way as usual. Soon after we left Woodbridge, though, the sky darkened and there was a really heavy shower, lasting until we were almost in Aldeburgh.  The benefit of having postponed the run, as explained in last month’s notes, was that the place was almost deserted and there was no battle for a “plaice” in the fish’n’chip queue.
With summer weather at last in charge, the road run for the Suffolk Punch Gathering started from the Friday Street cafe. The cars set off on their run to Hollesley before the assembled bikes left on the separate route that run captain Dave had devised. After having an excellent run through the back lanes to the site via Iken and Chillesford, thirty bikes of various marques lined up in the sunshine, along with some off-road machines that during the day went off to do a bit of rough stuff elsewhere on the extensive site. The show, only in its second year, included cars, trucks and heavy machinery, so with demonstrations by the Suffolk Punch horses as well, there was lots to see and it should prosper as time goes on with some fine-tuning to the organisation. Richard had organised an area of concrete hard-standing for the bikes and with the section marquee as a base, we were ideally-placed near the café where the crowds could see the bikes. Highly Commended rosettes appeared on several outstanding machines during the day, but then the judging to select an outright winner. The Section’s show cup was presented by Albert to Michael Chenery, whose AJS model 18 and Swallow sidecar outfit looked immaculate. Later, Robert was surprised and delighted to receive the mayor’s special award at the end of the afternoon for his lovely little 1937 Matchless 250 G2.
At July clubnight, the tickets for the Section barbecue on August 3rd at Mick and Chris’s house in Ipswich were on sale (only £4 including dessert) and will continue to be available from Albert at the various events during the month or can be reserved by phone. The month has unintentionally got rather crowded, with several other events slotted in the gaps between our three programmed evening runs. Several members went to Wings and Wheels at Heveningham Hall, relocated from its usual Henham, and reported that it was a good day. Just a couple of days after club night, Albert led an evening run against a troublesome low sun to finish at the White Horse at Easton and at the weekend, a group went to look at some classic Italian machines being beautifully renovated at the workshops of “Made In Italy” in Stowmarket. After seeing tasty restored Ducatis and MotoGuzzis with price-tags in excess of £27,000, we realise what a bargain we have with our Matchlesses and Ajays!