AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 7th October 2016

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In mid-September, around a dozen members displayed their bikes at the Henham Steam Rally. We all went individually and enjoyed a spirited run there and back on the A12. Going to Henham Park for the Sunday of the show is always a popular event in our calendar. However, the wet weather for the Saturday had left the entry track slimy and treacherous and one or two riders lost it on the way in, so in some cases quite a bit of tidying-up of the machines was needed before they were fit for the public to admire. As usual, there was a lot to see in the show and the bike line-up, limited to pre-75 classics, was overflowing its space.
In place of the Glowworm Supper, which is postponed till November to get a cheaper menu at the pub,, a well-supported midweek run later in the month took advantage of a fine autumn day and decided on going up via Framlingham and Dennington for a tasty lunch at Huntingfield. Richard led the way, with a little assistance from Brian to find our way into the village when the lanes got narrower and narrower.
It was another fine day at the beginning of October for the Copdock bike show at the county showground. Inside the club-stand hall, our Section stand was buzzing with activity all day and a fine line-up of nine members’ machines was complemented by the Club’s raffle bikes and further display material brought along by Stuart Smith. Our star ticket team, Chris and Celia were busy continuously, selling around 700 tickets and the girls were still selling even as we closed the stand at the end of the day. The award for the best bike of the marque on display went to a very original 1952 G3, whose owner Richard was formally presented by Albert with the Roy Stock Shield. As usual, there was plenty of willing assistance with the speedy erecting and dismantling of the stand, so many thanks to all involved. Incidentally, we were interested to see that another club stand in the hall had adopted our idea of having a shop-front for their display, although, unlike our wooden structure that can travel loaded flat on a two-bike trailer, theirs was composed of complete metal-frames needing be loaded into a large panel-van, so we don’t feel jealous!