AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 2nd October 2017

2nd Oct 2017 Section News

Recent times have been pretty hectic in the section. However, whilst plans were going ahead for the Section display stand at the Copdock show and the Club’s Alternative rally the following weekend, we managed a well-supported evening run to a pub in Felixstowe. We had our usual representation at the main rally at Stow-on-0the-Wold, who reported what a splendid rally it had been. Unfortunately they were without Dave, who went down with pneumonia only days before the weekend. After a rough few weeks, he is now much better and has the advantage for next year that he now has everything packed ready.
After a survey of opinion showed the need for a change in meeting venue, the September Club night was arranged at the pub at Martlesham Heath, the Douglas Bader, where we had a big attendance in our reserved area. Plans were finalised for the show and the rally, and it was decided to hold our Glowworm supper there in November. We had our favourite corner for the Section stand at Copdock, showing a fresh selection of members’ machines and the Club raffle bikes. As a result of a chilly damp day, the attendance wasn’t as high, but we had a ceaseless stream of visitors to the stand, one becoming a new member for the Section. Several were particularly interested in the second raffle prize, the new AJS Cadwell, with one visitor being sufficiently impressed to arrange the following day to go up to the dealer in Lowestoft and buy one. Apparently, a significant number of Club members have also been similarly impressed and are now owners. The winner of the Roy Stock memorial shield for the best bike on display was Trevor Ranson’s single, looking immaculate in its special Cadbury purple finish.
Normally the show and the Alternative rally are on the same weekend, the first in October, but this year’s calendar gave a rare opportunity for us to offer to run the event the weekend after Copdock, so there was no time to slack off. The rally is to be held on the sports field at Otley College and over the weekend, we’ll take the visitors out for a couple of runs to show off the local countryside. Several members are involved in helping with the event, so we’re hoping for the weather to be favourable.