Area 16 AMOC Join The Lionel Martin Tribute To Brighton Oct 25th 2014
A Great Day Out To Brighton
A number of Area 16 members joined in The AMOC organised event of the Lionel Martin Tribute that was held on October 25th 2014. An excellent time was had by all, meeting up with a number of Aston owners at the official rendezvous point on route, The Victory Inn in Stapleford, Nr Hayward’s Heath, This was on the Veteran car official route. A great turn out of Astons at the Victory Inn was an impressive sight for all the locals to see, we even had AMOC members from Belgium and Ireland.
Channel 4 – For the Love of Cars presenter, Ant Anstead was filming and talking to Aston owners about their pride and joy. We understand this is due to be screened in February. The ladies appreciated the additional buzz to the event. After meeting lots of new friends, bacon rolls and coffee, the cars moved on to meet on Madeira Drive in Brighton. We were assembled about 2pm by the AMOC team with their hi-viz jackets and released into the traffic jam of Brighton. With around 43 Astons adding to the queues. We were finally guided to the hill that Lionel Martin is said to have taken the first picture of an Aston. An orderly queue was formed, (typical British) to descend the Cindertrack hill (now Tarmac & one way) also now known as The Drove. The official AM photographer took pictures of each car on the hill to mark the occasion.
Following a welcome break at various hotels in Brighton, everyone prepared themselves for a special evening with a Champagne and Canapés Reception in The Royal Pavilion kitchens. This was followed by private tours which congegated everyone in the Music room for speeches from the organisers. An excellent banquet dinner was served in the main dinning room, everyone who attended seemed to enjoyed the experience, the company and meeting new fellow members of AMOC from far and wide. Thanks go to all those at HQ who organised such a spectacle.
Meeting Up At The Victory Inn
Arriving At Cindertrack Hill (The Drove) In Brighton
Let The Banquet Commence In The Pavilion – Jan & Mick Looking Very 007