Oberon Rally Report by Jason Maloney

OBERON Rally Report


This years AJS and Matchless Owners Club of Australia inc. held their annual Down Under Jampot Rally in a small town in NSW called Oberon. This year the rally also included the Classic and Enthusiasts Motor Cycle Club of NSW inc. In attendance to our rally was around 70 riders plus partners and family with the rally hub and accommodation being in the heart of Oberon, the Jenolan Caravan Park.

Friday 1st November 2019 – By lunchtime most of the entrants and their families were well settled in and preparing for a short 6 km ride to Oberon Dam just to get some blood circulation because of course no maintenance or machine checks are required on our AJS or Matchless. Riders were then back at the caravan park awaiting the 6.00 pm opening BBQ sausage sizzle and welcoming get together.

Saturday 2nd November 2019 – 8.00 am riders gathered at the hub prepared for a beautiful scenic 150 km ride. David deLapp gave a short rider briefing and away we all went. By 9.30 am we arrived at O’Connell where we had morning tea provided and catered by the O’Connell School P&C. At this point there were some minor bike issues, one being a father and son riding team. By my observation poor bike maintenance by the father Gary Bastian, a blown head gasket, could happen to anyone. After loading ourselves up with food and coffee we then proceeded through a small town called Rockley. By now 3 coffees and heaps of cakes were catching up with me, breaking into a cold sweat I was begging for our next stop, a town called Burraga where of course we stopped to eat again. Lunch was beautiful, held in the Sports and Recreation Club was also catered.

Bikes were lined up in the car park with judging forms issued to all entrants. When all was done and dusted we then proceeded with our ride through Black Springs and onto Oberon.

At 6.30 pm a dinner and presentation was catered for at the Oberon RSL with a courtesy bus if required. A beautiful 3 course meal with some members by now looking a little like Harley heffers.

The awards for the rally were called out by David deLapp and David Baker. The 1920’s category and AJ Stevens trophy not included due to no bikes being eligible.

The award winners were as follows:

1940 AMC – GARY BASTIAN. 1948 AJS. 16

An amazing effort by DOM O’BRIEN for the longest distance travelled from Tasmania on a 1951 Matchless G80S, 1106 km. Wow, your bum must be sore. I gather you’re Irish judging by your last name, we are a superior race, no doubt.

Occasionally a very prestigious award goes out to a member, something like the Victoria Cross, this award is for outstanding efforts, bravery and putting up with committee obligations, backfiring AJS’ and Year’s of participation and patience. Outstanding service to the club – BRIAN “NIPPER” KUERSCHNER.

After the presentation the raffle lottery was called, some winners came away very pleased.

All trophies awarded during the evening were handmade by the Grenfell Men’s Shed, which makes them so much more meaningful to our Jampot Rally with a Jampot shocker being the focus and centre piece of the trophies. THANK YOU

Also, a special thanks to the Mayor of Oberon, Kathy Sajowitz, who joined us for the presentation, giving us a short speech in regards to Oberon township. I would personally like to thank her for keeping the local law enforcement at bay during our stay.

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – Sunday morning started with an 8.00 am AGM for those who wanted to attend. 16 members showed with a few slight changes to the committee. Discussions were made in regards to upcoming events. Next year, 2020, our 40th anniversary, Goulburn NSW, 2021, that little island at the bottom of Australia, Tasmania, 2022, South Australia possibly Victor Harbour, all very promising at this point. All committee members agreed with a current membership of approximately 170 members we are very comfortable and don’t require anymore. Joking, all are welcome and families are encouraged to join in the fun, it’s not all about the bikes.

This mornings ride, 82 km of beautiful countryside, at late start at 10.30 am, time for a sleep in for some. For those who preferred to extend their ride an additional 40/50 km was offered, I am really sorry I didn’t see the marshall and you didn’t all have to follow me.

12.30 pm a BBQ lunch was provided at the Oberon Railway Museum as well as a presentation for the largest pine cone. A $50.00 Bunnings voucher prize to the winner, the Tassie boys collected this and I have never seen a more dilapidated pine, must have been run over or genetically enhanced, 15 minutes in the microwave still didn’t have me a winner, it was huge. For those that chose to a visit to the Tractor Orphanage was also available.

This concluded our 2019 DOWNUNDER JAMPOT RALLY, in summary a wonderful event, magic people from all over our beautiful country. Many thanks to our many sponsors, caterers, collectors, committee members, the list goes on. Most of all thank you to our members, stay safe and well and we will be seeing you for our 40th ANNIVERSARY, GOULBURN NSW, DOWNUNDER JAMPOT RALLY 2020.

Take care, Regards ‘J’ JASON MALONEY – but most of all ‘REMAIN CALM’

2019 Downunder Jampot – Information – Oberon NSW

Welcome to the 2019 Downunder Jampot Rally.

This year the AJSMOC are holding their annual ‘Downunder Jampot Rally’ in the central west NSW town of Oberon. The rally has been planned near the towns of Lithgow and Bathurst and hopes to attract Classic & Enthusiasts motorcycle members from the regional towns of Orange and Bathurst as well as being suitably located for riders to attend from Sydney, Illawarra and Goulburn areas. We encourage families to attend and will be supplying a 20 seat bus to follow the rally route.

Interstate visitors will find many local attractions to ensure their extended stay is made most enjoyable. From 2-10th November the town will be celebrating ‘Outdoor Week’, promoting, Wineries, Jenolan Caves, Mayfield Gardens, Museums, Trout fishing and forest activities. In addition, we will be holding a small ‘Scavenger Hunt’ over the rally weekend.

Check in will be available at the Jenolan Caravan park from Friday 1st November followed by a short ‘Maintenance Run’ in the afternoon, up to the Oberon Dam. Friday evening we will have a welcome ‘Sausage Sizzle’ at the campsite, at which time the details of the scavenger hunt will be announced.

Saturday will see us head to O’Connell for a morning tea and then a leisurely ride south to Burraga via Rockley. Lunch will be at the ‘Burraga Sport and Recreational club’ where the bikes will be lined up for judging. After lunch we will make our way back to Oberon via Black Springs. For Saturday evening entertainment, a three course meal is planned for the presentation dinner and raffle, at the RSL club. The annual AJSMOC AGM will be held on the Sunday morning at the caravan park and followed by a short run, through ‘Luscious woodbine’ pine forests, heading south to Abercrombie via shooter’s hill and returning to Oberon via Black Springs. The run will terminate at the Oberon Railway and Heritage Museum where a BBQ lunch is planned and a prize for the winner of the scavenger hunt will be presented. The Railway museum / Skoda museum and Tractor orphanage, will all be available for inspection this afternoon.

Shakespear’s influence on the township of Oberon:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream play starts and ends in Medieval Athens at a time when the atmosphere is one of celebration and love, as the Duke, Theseus, prepares to marry the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta. The action moves to nearby woods, inhabited by fairies. The human beings and the fairies act out a drama in which human emotions become subject to the spells and manipulations of the fairies.

 Spoken by Oberon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2, Scene 1

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell’d skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in:
And with the juice of this I’ll streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies.
Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove:
A sweet Athenian lady is in love
With a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes;
But do it when the next thing he espies
May be the lady: thou shalt know the man
By the Athenian garments he hath on.
Effect it with some care, that he may prove
More fond on her than she upon her love:
And look thou meet me ere the first cock crow.

Perhaps the township of Oberon, with its ‘Luscious woodbine’ pine forests, mushrooms, ‘Musk –rose’ flowers and trout filled brooks ‘where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,’ is still under the magic Shakespearean spell. If so, you may have the pleasure of ‘fantasies’ and dreams when you sleep in Oberon.

Pleasant dreams.

David de Lapp (Sec.)

Web: www.ajsmatchless-australia.com.au

Email: australia@jampot.com


Central accommodation and headquarters will be at the Jenolan Caravan Park; Contact Rebecca Setter on (02) 6336 0344 for a special deal.

Alternative accommodation details can be found at the Oberon visitor’s information centre https://www.oberonaustralia.com.au/accommodation/


2020 International Jampot Rally in New Zealand

AJS & Matchless Owners Club (Aust.) Inc.

2020 International Jampot Rally


New Zealand.

Genuine expressions of interest are being presently sought after from all motorcyclist enthusiasts to join the AJS and Matchless Owners Club (Aust. Section) to Nelson, New Zealand for the 2020 International Down Under Jampot Rally. While this promising event might at this early stage be several months away our primary aim is to firstly obtain the most appropriate freight arrangements at the absolute minimal costs for those with a genuine interest to join us. Negotiations at hand are being presently negotiated with several freight handling companies together with the view of major sponsors to assist with individual or whole container shipping costs. If those with a sincere interest could contact the Australian contingent shipping co-ordinator, we would like to get this event up and running sooner rather than later. We would be looking at no less than 10 or a dozen motorcycles, more if possible to have this venture made worthwhile. Once a firm date around late February early March has been established arrange for your 2020 vacations to secure your engagement with us.

Contact:-  Australian Contingent Shipping Co-ordinator Brian ‘Nip’ Kuerschner.

Write to: PO Box 1161 Stirling 5152 S.A.

Phone: 0418854565

Email: nipper@nipper.net.au

Web: www.ajsmatchless-australia.com.au

FB: https://www.facebook.com/jampotdownunder


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New Zealand International Jampot Rally 2020.

Organized by the New Zealand Register.

20 years will have passed since New Zealand last hosted the International Jampot Rally so we are preparing a pre rally tour of the South Island leaving Nelson on Monday 3rd February 2020 and travelling south down the West Coast through some of the finest scenic roads in New Zealand to our southernmost city of Invercargill to view the Motorcycle Racing Events at the Bert Munro Challenge. Events will include Hill Climb, Beach Racing, Track Racing, Speedway and Street Races.

From there we intend travelling North over Alpine Passes, returning to Nelson on Friday February 14th to our Rally Head Quarters at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park covering a distance of approximately 1300 miles or 2170 kilometers.

For the adventurists there could be some gravel back roads we can detour through. We expect to provide a backup vehicle with trailer including a qualified mechanic, tools and spare parts. The approximate cost of the pre Rally tour which would cover accommodation for 11 nights and backup vehicle we anticipate to be around £400 ($720 give or take) per person.

Our Saturday ride takes us West over the Takaka Hill to Takaka for lunch and return to Tahuna Beach Holiday Park for our Annual General Meeting, Dinner Evening, Guest Speaker and Award Presentations. The Rally will conclude on Sunday 16th February. The cost just to attend the Rally in Nelson for Friday to Sunday for just meals and Rally entry without accommodation would be approximately £80 ($145).

We have 2 couples who would like to return to the UK in August 2020 who are willing to loan bikes in New Zealand for a return deal in the UK.

We require 2 more bikes.

 Points of interest to consider.

1/.     If considering shipping your bike to New Zealand they should arrive Mid-January 2020 to Port Nelson.

2/.     While insurance is not compulsory it is certainly recommend.

3/.     Bikes must pass a safety inspection before they are permitted to operate on our roads.

4/.     A deposit of £400 ($720 approx.) per person is required to secure accommodation bookings for the pre Rally tour and is required no later than 30th November 2018. This is due to having to secure suitable lodging particularly in Invercargill as this is peak tourist season and we envisage a group of 40 odd people on the tour.

5/.     Accommodation at the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park will be able to be selected by Rally entrants online as there is a wide range of options from tent sites to luxury apartments. We have been allocated a booking reference for Rally attendees to obtain Special Group deal Rates. Accommodation is to be booked direct with the Park by the Rally attendees.

6/.     For partners or non-riders, the Management at the Park can organize wine tours of the Nelson Region or visit some of the numerous art galleries or visit the open air markets in central Nelson.

7/.     Bikes of the Marque are preferred on our Rallies but other makes will be made more than welcome. Campervans will also be accepted.

8/.     If interested and would like to learn more or require assistance in joining us at this Major event on our Clubs calendar you are welcome to contact the Rally Organizer, Murray McLean by emailing matchlessnz@icloud.com or by phoning +64 3 525 7024

Sorry we speak only English.






Brian Kuerschner’s Rally review

Our account of the AJS and Matchless Owners Club Down Under Jampot Rally in Tasmania for 2016

Our 13 day extended tour of the Apple Isle.


I’m guessing others that attended the event might have their own stories to tell. This however is ours.

Brian and Maureen Kuerschner and our most friendly and jovial travelling companions Brian and Chris Gray.


Our trip began several months in advance arranging sea passage, accommodation and various other essential necessary arrangements. Having loaded the bikes and gear into the trailer and car we set off at 10.30 on the Monday morning 7th November for our first overnight stop off at Horsham arranged by Brian Gray some months in advance.

Over our evening meal I came to the sudden conclusion I’d left home without my essential logbook. Time against us I wasn’t about to drive back to Adelaide to collect it.

Tuesday morning we set off for Station Pier Melbourne Docks to board the Spirit of Tasmania heading the line-up of vehicles to be first to drive on at 4.30pm.

Arriving at Devonport Wednesday morning early we located our Sunrise Motel but were unable to check in until after 2.00pm. Had an early morning snack in their little dining room with a light breakfast provided by Chef Anthony John Sherriff, yes AJS if you please, then set off killing more time on a site seeing tour of the surrounding areas.

Remained in Devonport a couple of days then went on to Hadspen caravan park headquarters for the AJS and Matchless Owners Club Down Under Jampot Rally for 2016. Midway through to Hadspen at Railton on the Sheffield Road we paused a few moments on the roadside at 11.00am to observe our 2 minutes silence for our fallen boys.

The welcoming Friday twilight social meet and greet get together had most entrants and partners attending. Rather than the usual sausage sizzle with fresh garden green salads the organizers had arranged a scrumptious Barbequed fresh Tasmanian Pink Salmon meal. Was simply awesome.

Adelaide’s own Lady Ma Donna was appointed and took total control of the sale of Official Rally Tee Shirts, Club Regalia and raffle ticket sales girl along with any impromptu announcements to be provided to the masses. Is there nothing this girl is not capable of?

Our accommodation was some 18km and 25 minutes away at Grindelwald so we didn’t hang around all that long.

Having left the trailer and bikes in the care of Jason and Donna at the caravan park we arrived back at the park next morning in plenty of time to tog up before the off after direction instructions were given by the Group Commander at 10.30.

Unloading the bikes it was discovered that the handle bars on Brian’s bike (1956 AJS Model 18S) had twisted forward sufficiently requiring certain attention due to the tie downs being tensioned fairly firmly. Rectified we were on our way and on time in chase of our leading Corner Marshalls.

Of the entrants we welcomed once again traveling from Gatton, Queensland now 86 year old Keith Holley on his ever faithful and dependable 1951 500cc Model 18S AJS referred to as ‘The Roving Kind’. Due to a sudden front tyre deflation on the way down Keith lost control of his machine suggesting bouncing wasn’t so easy these days. This year however Keith was not alone with Bob Willis on his 1948 Rigid 500cc AJS Model 18 and Tony Keenan on 1998 GTR1000 Kawasaki joining him as riding companions. Of no mean feat this was also Keith’s tenth consecutive venture ridden to the Jampot Rally.

Morning tea smoko stop at Meander on the Saturday ride we enjoyed lovely fresh made sandwiches and cakes provided by the local ladies auxiliary went down just fine with tea, coffee, fruit juice or plain water.

At times my bike can be a pain to kick start, and this was one of those occasions. With the help of an interested bystander I was able to push start about 5 minutes after all others had left the area.

Approaching the next few corners in a strange area with not a Marshall in site I was none too happy. However pressing on I arrived at Deloraine in search of Mole Creek some 23km further on where our lunch stop gathered. Total distance covered on our return to headquarters was in the region of 180km.

Riding on my lonesome I met a police patrol car heading in the opposite direction. Keeping a watchful eye in my rear view mirror in case he about turned my attention was focused squarely on what I might say if I’d been pulled over. Gathering my awareness I thought if I should thank him for offering to escort me into Mole Creek I’d be most grateful. Nerves however were settled when I lost vision of him disappearing in the distance.

The Presentation Dinner evening was held at the Tailrace Centre in Riverside. Amongst the attractive awards presented our own Jason Maloney and Rob Smyth once again came home with an award each.

The Annual General Meeting took place at the Caravan Park amenities room commencing at 8.00am which I unfortunately missed out on. However a group attendees gathered talking about having not appointed a Vice President I was asked if I’d mind filling the vacancy. Without hesitation I accepted the position for the next twelve months.

Discussion on the existing inclement weather conditions resulted at 10 o’clock in our Sunday ride being called off.

The trailer coupled up we headed back to our accommodation at Grindelwald where it remained for the next few days taking in day trips to various places around the nearer areas including one night lodging spent in Hobart seeking a scrupulous fish meal at Doyle’s famous Fish Restaurant which was once situated on Constitution Dock.  Alas no more. Took an interesting Harbour cruise in Launceston where I befriended a chap owner of a couple of early Indians.

To meet up with other Rallyists at Beaconsfield later on Sunday arvo we spotted on our way a little coffee shop just out of Exeter named Burt Munro Motorcycle Café. Of most interest was the tour by owner Tibor of his outback ‘Mans Cave’ loaded with allsorts very much like Hughie Dunlop’s dingy old motorcycle parts shop in Flinders Street. Machines on display inside the cafe were none the less more appealing.

Nearing the end of our few days holiday in Tassie we were travelling back to Devonport with trailer on tow four of us making friendly conversation when from nowhere a crazy couple of guys presumably racing each other met us on an uphill slight bend to our right. It was all over in two seconds when this clown crossed his double line careering up a 45⁰ bank to my left showering us with sticks, stones and grass disappearing out of sight as quickly as he appeared. To suggest we are all very lucky to be here today is somewhat of a miracle.


Further to this while waiting for time to pass before loading on the boat we were sat in a parking lot listening to the car radio for some time. Now ready to make a move when the ignition key was turned nothing but ‘click, click, click. Yes, a flat battery. Not wanting to be a pain when asked to move off the ship in the morning my thoughts turned to how on earth we were going to get over this predicament. With the car bonnet up investigating our problem, would you believe a tradies van just then drove past slowly advertising ‘Battery Checker’. Waiving our arms about frantically the chap turned round up the street a bit, came back gave us a jump start and went on his way, no charge once again saving our day. Rob Smyth with others stayed on for the short Monday ride with those that were able to remained.

In closing off Martin Heatley and his crew of willing helpers can be justly proud of their effort putting together this 2016 Down Under Jampot Rally for the benefit of all those AJS and Matchless owners and enthusiasts. We all look forward to next year where once more our Rally will be staged in the wonderful region of the Hume Dam and surrounding local areas.

Jason and Donna Maloney’s 1950 G80 Matchless. Yet another award winner

Rob Smyth’s winning 1929 AJS M10SR

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I have included a photo of a photo of my bike before I pulled it down.
The bike was a gift from an aging uncle, so I feel very obliged to get the restoration done asap if you get my gist.

Have completed the motor with new piston, valves guides and followers.
I have an issue with the maggy and linking up a generator/dyno,to it.
Not really sure what I am looking for.

Model is an S4 1931 AJS 350 cc.
Keen to learn as much as possible from anybody that can help.

Contact Mark Wittig