The Club was founded in 1952 to cater
for enthusiasts of the marque, and grew until in the late 50's it was
large enough to rival all other one-make clubs. With the decline of
motorcycling generally in the mid-sixties, the Club suffered as did
manufacturers and other clubs alike, until the final blow came with the
closure of the factory. No new machines or spares would be made and the
future of the Club looked far from rosy. For a time enthusiasm for the
marques was kept alive by only headquarters branch.
The 1970's saw the formation of the new
Club Sections and the re-birth of old ones bringing in a new lease of life
for the Club. More and more machines are now being restored and are in
regular use. In our estimation some 2,500 machines are owned by members of
the Club. This is not a sum total as you as a new member may be bringing
in a machine which is new to the Club. There are also many veteran,
vintage and pre-war machines of the marques also in existence.
At present the Club consists of 36 UK based
sections and 23 international sections with over 4,200 members, who live
in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A., Denmark, France, Norway
and Sweden, to name only a few. We are therefore, a truly International
What the club has to offer
The running of the Club is invested in a
Management Executive, which is elected at the AGM. The Executive carries
out policy decided at the AGM, but what the Club offers is a result of
what we our members contribute.
Contact with fellow classic motorcycle enthusiasts
through one of the largest one-make Clubs, with family participation
actively encouraged. Ownership of a machine of he marque is NOT a
pre-requisite to membership - just interest and enthuisiasm.
MONTHLY JOURNAL, the
Jampot, which is
widely considered to be the most professional magazines of its
kind. It contains news, letters, technical and historic articles and both
private and trade advertisements.
Click here to see an example.
ROAD RUNS, trials, camping
weekends, "fun days" at a racing circuit and many other social events on a local and
national basis. The club’s premier annual "Jampot Rally" is held in
the UK during an August weekend, the "Alternative Rally" which
follows a back-to-basics style of camping weekend and international
rallies in Europe and beyond are all organised by club members.
offering a comprehensive range to our members
of new spare parts, authentic transfers, manuals and regalia
via online/mail order/telephone or personally from the Club's own retail outlet
in Northamptonshire. Credit cards welcomed.
MACHINE DATING SERVICE,
accurate post war machine dating via original factory dispatch records and
documents. Assistance with obtaining "age related" numbers and reclaiming
original Registration numbers.
the Forum is the place to have discussions with other club members. There are sections
for discussing technical aspects of your model, an advertising area and the latest information
from the club committee meetings.
offering competitive rates with a first class service.
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL,
with 34 UK based, 8 overseas and 19 overseas contacts.
Also affiliated to the Federation of British Historic Motor Vehicle Clubs
available from local sections and the Club's technical helpline.
for a machine of the marque.
the club is currently preparing a Pre-War register and aims to better cater for these models.
the club has a register of many of these machines and is updating this as more information become available.
As a member of the AJS & Matchless Owners
Club, you join with over 3,500 other enthusiasts world-wide who have an
interest in motorcycling, both classic and modern. The club’s ever
developing services and activities are expressly geared to the promotion,
preservation, riding and enjoyment of all classic machines, but especially
bikes of these marques. Whether you’re an old stalwart classic restorer, a
"born again" biker or a complete newcomer to the classic bike movement,
the club has a friendly welcome with an enviable reputation for providing
the fullest range of services and a calendar of runs, trials and social
events which spans the entire year.
For more information contact:
The Administration Officer
AJS & Matchless Owners Club
Unit 3, Robinson Way
Telford Industrial Estate
Tel: +44 (0)1536 511532
.....or fill in the on-line form here.