AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 2nd May 2015

2nd   May 2015
Section News
At April clubnight, the news was that the golf club now has a new owner. The bar where we meet was closed to access the cables in the ceiling for a new TV so they could all watch the golf, so our meeting was held in the main function room. The extra space actually fitted perfectly with our plan for the evening, which was enlivened by Mel’s hilarious TT races. Following the races, he produced kits of parts which got everyone involved in a design challenge, in teams  to construct a car powered by elastic bands. However, when the many resulting vehicles were eventually lined up for the grand final, the result was declared an honourable draw, since the wheelspin from the pent-up power of some was such that they failed to run straight and there was a most almighty pileup!

It’s been refreshing to be able to get out again on two wheels. It was in lovely sunshine that the riding programme opened in early April with the locally-based treasure-hunt we always run as a shakedown event after the winter overhauls, this year with Trevor in charge. He had prepared meticulously detailed route-sheets for the riders to work from as they went off on their country trundle. As you could expect, there were a few hard-to-spot clues to test us and at the finish at the Castle, Bredfield, the result was close, but Dave Cook just edged in as the winner.. Other club members came to join us at the pub and swelled the numbers for a bite of lunch at the finish and Albert presented the Pathfinder Shield, with congratulations to Dave. The next ride was to the inter-section meet at Andrewsfield towards the end of the month, and the run there was led by Richard. It was a cold day, with roads drying after early rain, making it an enjoyable run. As always, the welcome there was as warm as ever, with ample good food, but unfortunately, the date clashed with the Stafford Show which had restricted attendance somewhat.

Only a few days later, Richard had also been down to lead the first evening run but he fortunately noticed, before the start at Spencer’s, how fragile his clutch cable was looking, so instead rode rather carefully home. However, Maurice volunteered to lead the way in his place, on a route that went out via Wickham Market against the low setting sun to finish at the Three Horseshoes at Charsfield, a thriving village pub recently taken over by the locals.