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AJS Rally 2005 - Ludlow

This year's rally, based around the Overton Grange Country House Hotel near Ludlow and held over the weekend of 16 & 17 July 2005 was organised by Chris & Gill. 

Meeting on Friday evening, we were joined this year by the Smyth's from Australia, John & Minty who had driven their AJS from Saffron Walden and our newest member Mark who had motorcycled over from Cork in Eire. Saturday saw the Lomas family arrive along with Alec, Jim & Geoff Stevens. Les Smith from the AJS & MOC also called in to gather information for the pre-war database. 

Saturday was a longish run around the Clee area with stops on route including a simulated hot air balloon flight over the surrounding area - great. Over 30 of us sat down for dinner in the evening. 

Sunday and we were up bright & early for a visit to the Iron Bridge museum, a great place to visit. Sunday evening Chris & Gill hosted a barbecue, which gave us a chance to see the AJS "Pick up" recently purchased by Chris, he used it as a bar for the evening!! An excellent weekend, special thanks to Chris and Gill for their excellent organisation and to everyone else who attended. 

AJS Rally 2004 - Nefyn, Wales

This year it was Bob & Richard's turn to host the weekend which was held on 25 & 26 July 2004 at Nefyn, Wales. They had selected a super hotel and most arrived Friday night. Philip's car had suffered a broken halfshaft so he came on his AJS bike and Bob's car was under renovation so had the Crossley to use as a course car. 

Saturday was a 98 mile rally via Criccieth, Portmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog where we visited the slate mine museum. Lunch was spent at Betws-Y-Coed including a visit to a local motor museum. We then headed to Portmeiron Village so the ladies could spend some money. Another 24 miles took us back to Caeau Capel Hotel for the evening meal with a short video showing of Ray Win's New Zealand Car Museum and a replay of the Lowestoft event. 

Sunday arrived and we were off on an interesting treasure hunt followed by lunch. Some members even went out again in the afternoon to find the clues that they had missed - such competitiveness!!

Most stayed for Sunday night and enjoyed a great meal and a few drinks. Another excellent weekend!!. 

AJS Rally 2003 - Winslow, Bucks

In 2003 it was Bill Barton's turn to organise the weekend rally. The annual meeting was held close to Milton Keynes over 26 & 27 July 2003. The rally saw all of the regulars attending. Unfortunately, Bernard's AJS suffered a leaking hose, so being relatively local they could swap to their Austin. 

Saturday was spent visiting a local Ford Model "T" dealer where we saw recent deliveries from the USA of "T" parts and Cars. Quite a business with some restored cars for sale. We were joined by Geoff Stevens and his cousin Jim. He recounted some of the Stevens family's exploits and added to the day's enjoyment.  We continued with a short trip to visit the Railway Centre at Quainton which exhibits a wide range of Steam era trains including the Royal Train from 1901. 

A splendid evening meal followed with the highlight being the auction of an original painting by Barbara of the Bell Hotel with 3 AJS Cars outside. 

Sunday and we were off to Bletchley Park to learn all the secrets of the Enigma and the world's first computer. An excellent choice for a day out. 

Most stayed for Sunday night for a few more drinks and reminisces. Excellent company and weekend, thank you for attending.  

AJS Rally 2002 - Andover, Hants

This year it was Alec's turn to select the weekend ventures. The annual meeting was held close to Andover during the weekend of 6 & 7 July 2002. 

This year the regular attendees were joined by Merv & Rob and their families from Australia. They attended both days and were able to drive Scott & AJS motorcycles kindly bought by Philip. It was also a pleasure to meet up with Ken who had just purchased the ex JIm Smith 2 seater. 

Saturday was spent visiting Alec's local area including Stockbridge and enjoying the local scenery, of course we did call in at Alec's favourite pub, the "White Lion" at Wherwell, a splendid evening meal followed by another opportunity to try and solve those AJS problems. Rob was the star of the evening recalling all his adventures rebuilding AJS bikes, etc in Australia, one story that stuck in my mind of his ordering a set of pistons from a UK supplier only to find when he got them that they had been made in Adelaide where he lives. 

Sunday, another bright and early start and we were off to the Livings Museum, Basingstoke. Most again stayed for Sunday night's barbeque. Excellent company and weekend. 

Quite a few of us met up the following weekend at the Black Country Museum as part of the "Made in the Black Country" Rally. 

AJS Rally 2001 - Lowestoft, Suffolk

The annual meeting was held at Lowestoft during the weekend of 23 & 24 June 2001. This year saw most of the familiar faces and some new. In addition to the regulars, Pete & Gwen, Philip & Heather, Peter & Suzi and Alec Stevens, Bob & Richard bought along their 4 door saloon. It was  a pleasure even without their cars to see Arthur, Bernard & Pat and Bill.

Saturday was spent visiting the adjacent transport museum where some fantastic relics of public trams and trolley buses were on display and we all enjoyed a ride on a trolley bus powered by overhead rail. A splendid evening meal was followed with a chance to discuss AJS technical problems and solutions. 

On Sunday there was a bright and early start to go down to Lowestoft Victorian Seafront to join in the local car clubs 60 mile tour of Norfolk/Suffolk including a visit to a steam museum and a local hostelry to sample the local Adnams bitter. 

Alec & Peter both won prizes for their cars. Most stayed for the Sunday night and enjoyed a barbeque and a few drinks. 

Excellent company and an excellent weekend. 

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