AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 26th November 2015

26h Nov 2015

We’re into our winter months’ pattern of events now, and after the usual news and business was out of the way, most of the lively November cluDSC01239b night was taken up by the “bits-in-a-bag” evening ably run as ever by Mick Dykes and Chris. He can always be relied on to baffle us, since he has such a collection of parts in his store. The bags of mystery objects for our fumbling attention covered both heavyweight and lightweight models, including, as usual, a “foreigner” to keep us on our toes. Silence fell whilst the bags circulated. At the close, when scores were compared, Peter Ranson came out a clear winner (again!) and was presented with the Groper’s Trophy.  Our thanks to Mick and Chris for an entertaining evening–there is no truth in the rumour that Chris had to sew the bags back as Mick’s trouser pockets the day after.

A few days later, a “works visit” was arranged to go to look at Suffolk Blast Cleaning at Earl Stonham.  After coffee and chockie biscuits, they explained aquablast and ultrasonic cleaning and after a demonstration of their equipment, let us have a go at aquablasting a small part.. It was a surprise that the glass bead they use isn’t at all what you would think– it’s as fine as talcum powder and the results are spectacular. The firm does work for the top racing and restoration firms, including the Italian motorcycle re-builders in Needham we visited a year or so back.

In late November, we revived our end-of-month informal pub meets after they had lapsed last winter.  Following the closing and sale a couple of years ago of the Hasketon Turk’s Head, our former “home”, we tried to carry on these informal winter chinwags at a couple of pubs, but neither got members’ popular support and the idea seemed to have died.  However, the Turk’s has recently re-opened after a complete overhaul, so some of us went to try it out and were impressed. It is warm and welcoming, having been intelligently refurbished with improved car parking and the addition of a dining room. The group of nine of us enjoyed being back and it will be good to have it on the programme again.