2016

"Bay of Birdwood" 2016

Club Members Rob and Brianna Smyth took part in Bi-annual Vintage/Veteran rally "Bay of Birdwood" (one of the biggest such rallies in the world). Rob & Brianna dressed up for the "Concourse of Elegance" and drove their recently restored AJS. Peter Wilkch also entered with his AJS recently purchased from Merv Kroll. Both cars and occupants looked fabulous. 

Sywell Classic Piston & Props 2016

Once again the club attended the Footman James Sywell Classic: Pistons and Props on Saturday & Sunday 24 & 25 September 2016 at Sywell Aerodrome , Northampton, NN6 0BN.

The event combined historic racers, hot rods and motorbikes with classic planes and vintage music to create a fantastic two-day event, celebrating classic motoring on the ground and in the air.

Peter, Suzi, Barbara, Martin & Caroline attended the weekend and it was great to see Pat & Bernard on Sunday.

The weekend included a great display of vintage and classic cars with many going down the drag strip. In the skies there were a number of breath taking aerial displays & acrobatics from a variety of display teams.

The vintage shopping village was brilliant as ever and Caroline even managed to buy herself a new dress!!

This was the third year that the club has had a stand at the event with cars on display and a marquee with lots of information about AJS, their cars and its history. It was a fabulous weekend.

Photos from Piston & Props 2016

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AJS Car Club Rally 2016 - Skibbereen

In June 2016 the AJS Car Club's Annual Rally was to be based in Skibbereen on the far west coast of Ireland. 

SIx AJS cars set out from various parts of England for Fishguard in Wales and the ferry for Ireland. One car made the journey on the back of a Mercedes truck which was to be the back up in case of trouble. The remainder were trailered to Fishguard but planned to drive the entire way to Skibbereen and back - an unusually long distance for these old cars. It seemed a lot to ask of them.

It was a grand sight to see the AJS fleet driving on to the ferry. The crossing was good, the evening fine and everyone set of to travel the 150Km to Youghal and the Sir Walter Raliegh Hotel for the night.  

About 20km from their destination, one of the cars broke down!! Was this the shape of things to come? But no! AJS's are made of sterner stuff. Off came the car in the truck and on went the damaged one and on they went.

After a good nights sleep everyone set off again stopping as planned at Innishannon Steam Rally where the cars were of great interest. Various drivers went off in the truck to find (successfully) the necessary spare parts and everyone moved on to Skibbereen and the West Cork Hotel

The next day the cars went on a short drive to Ballimore and the drivers left their cars and sailed to Cape Clear, a small unihabited island where following a walk they relaxed in a local pub. Meanwhile repairs were started on the casualty and completed in the evening with the help of the returning drivers.

The next day, all seven cars, including our hosts (with drivers suitably attired in vintage outfits set off for Bantry House, a stately home and later a journey along a steep winding , narrow rocky coast road with fantastic views.

The following day the route took the old cars along roads that were even more picturesque and difficult than the day before. The AJS's put up with everything they were faced with and coped magnificently. That evening they also had to cope with drivers who got lost in Blarney, the first rain we had seen in Ireland and having to travel in darkness with no lights!!

A day later the cars were parked at Blarney Castle where again they generated a lot of interest whilst the drivers explored the garden, visited the castle and in some cases climbed the tower and kissed the Blarney stone!

It had been a superb Rally and thanks were said to Mark & family and then all the AJS's took to the road for the long drive back to Rosslare and the ferry home. All cars arrived without mishap. They had been tested to their limits on a variety of roads and situations and they had come through with flying colours.

Three cheers for the AJS car!!

Barbara.   

Photos from Ireland

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