AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 30th June 2014

30th   June 2014

Section News
Our club night in June celebrated the arrival of the summer’s days of hot weather with a good turnout of Matchlesses and Ajays at the golf club. As it seemed too lovely to be indoors, we arranged for the conservatory doors to be opened, so spent the whole evening enjoying the view of the greens and chatting on the terrace. We have usually had the clubhouse to ourselves as it isn’t open to their members on a Monday evening, so it is no surprise that the golf club manager has asked if we could move our meeting to a night later in the week. The decision is that we shall change the meeting to Wednesdays from August.  After catching up on news of the charity run and several evening runs since our last club night, Richard outlined the arrangements for the run and display at the Suffolk Punch Gathering and reminded everyone that entries for the Henham Steam fair have to be in during July.
At the end of May, an evening run went to the station buffet at Manningtree railway station, privately run and at a convenient halfway point where we can meet up with the North Essex section members. Over past years, this event has put several happenings in the collective memory-bank, like the time we rode through a thunderstorm to get there and on another occasion everyone riding endlessly round the carpark looking for a dropped cable nipple (we found it). Last year was marked by a dramatic spill at the start, but this time, when Jim led nine riders down there, it was incident-free and a good run. A couple of days after clubnight, Tony Buckland showed us lanes many had never known before, on a magnificent route up to the Bell at Middleton. The run back home for some was a magical ride straight down the practically-deserted A12 in the dusk.
The run to the Suffolk Punch event started from the cafe at Friday Street. Cars went off on their own route and the bikes, with Peter Haddon leading the way, had a twenty-mile trundle round the Iken area to the show-site at Hollesley. Seven members of the Velocette club arrived from Norfolk to join a line-up of thirty-five machines of all marques which raised a lot of interest—topped by the arrival of a monster trike that drove in and parked himself on the end. Our display area was enlivened (!!) all day by having a Gavioli fairground organ right opposite the bikes and there were various events happening during the day, though thankfully at this show, there are no requests to teeter round a parade ring. The owner of one of the Velocettes, an immaculate Venom, was surprised to get the show award, presented by the mayor. The runners-up were Pete R’s Commando and Robert’s nimble 250cc 37G2 and that little bike also gained our own award for section machines.