AMOC Area 16 Newsletter November 2014
Dear Fellow Area 16 Members.
Next Regular Area 16 Club Meeting: 11 Nov 7.30pm start. Tuesday evening meeting at The Kings Head, North Chailey, BN8 4DH
On a solemn note, I am Sorry to report the sad news of the passing of member Norman Watling on 29th October, after a long illness. Our thoughts are with his wife Rosemary. For those who wish to attend the funeral details are: Tuesday 11th November, 1.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Newick.
New Members: A big welcome to Neil Bennet, Stephen Wake, John Wood, David & Deborah James, Jane Ayres and Darryl Hannah who have joined area 16 recently, we look forward to meeting you very soon.
Area 16 Web site is up and running now http://www.amoc-area16.co.uk have a look for news and pictures. We have a section for Area 16 members cars, if you would like some pictures of your car on the site, along with a brief description or story of its history then please send them to Gary who will add them.
25 October A Tribute To Lionel Martin At The Royal Pavilion Brighton. (AMOC Event) :- 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 congregated 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. See some pictures on our web site http://www.amoc-area16.co.uk if any members have any pictures of the event and would like to add them on the site, then just send them to Gary. 2nd Nov: Veteran Car Run. Lunch time gathering at the Jack & Jill pub on the A273 at Clayton to watch the veteran cars pass by or call in for a pit stop on their way to Brighton. A handful of hardy members turned up to watch and support the veteran cars and their occupants on a wet and dreary day, supported by some coffee and lunch, a great display of times gone-by trundled by throughout the day with a showing of 4 Astons in the car park, 1 being a 1934 Lagonda in all its pride. Some pictures will be on our web site in due course.
Date for your diary 29th March 2015 – The winter Olympics may seem a while ago but the memory of the Curling fun lives on with the AMOC Area 16 Curling event 29th March 2015 – we have a limited number of places which will be reserved to the first 24 who provide payment before 1st February 2015. £20.00 per head for 2 hours on the ice. Contact me to book your place. To take part you will need to wear layers of clothing and gloves – we do play on the ice, shoes are provided. Please arrive by 11:30 and be able to enjoy a coffee and sneaky preview of what you will be doing. We will be given a video introduction and then be on the ice with instructors between 12 and 2. Afterwards to a pub, TBA to discuss the efforts of teams and individual performances over a meal or a drink.
Ideas for 2015 Any suggestions for pubs/venue for future monthly meets or drive outs will be welcome. Thank you to a number of members with some suggested events, as a taster they are:
Visit to Heritage Restorations: Peter Brown suggestion to visit Peter Scott’s premises near Uckfield will be arranged for the Spring of 2015
Brewery Visit/ Bluebell railway: Would you be interested in a tour of a micro brewery, the 360 brewery would offer us a tour and tasting session. Having enjoyed trying the beer at Sheffield Park Classic Car Show we think it would be an enjoyable trip. Could you please let us know if you would be interested in combining this with a trip on the Bluebell railway.
Impromptu drives out: set up of a text message notification for interested parties, If your up for this then please E Mail me with Mobile number to be contacted on, I will see what the response is like on this. We will revisit this in the future.
Visit To Bruges 2015 Anyone interested in a weekend visit to Bruges in Belgium in 2015? Suggest a drive on a Friday returning late Sunday. I have spoken with the Belgium rep who is keen for us to go and has lots of ideas and suggestions. Once he has come back to me with hotels etc.. I will let you have the details.
Gary Wigzell (Asst Rep)
Area 16 Forthcoming Events:
11 Nov 7.30pm start. Tuesday evening meeting at The Kings Head, North Chailey, BN8 4DH.
26th Nov. The Black Tie Affair at the Winter Garden, Compton Street, Eastbourne. Speak to Nigel if your interested. Tickets £45.00
5th December Friday evening Area 16 Christmas Dinner: Nigel has booked our Christmas Dinner at Shelleys Hotel in Lewes for Friday 5th December. Shelleys is at 135 High Street, Lewes, BN7 1XS, tel: 01273 472361. We were well looked after last year and Lewes has the advantage of being centrally located in Sussex. Shelleys offers accommodation. Overnight rates for B&B are the same as last year of £110 for a standard room and £140 for a superior room. Please mention that you are attending the Aston Martin Dinner as these rates are lower than their web charges. Dating from 1588, Shelleys is Grade 2* listed and is in the centre of the historic market town. We shall have a bubbly reception at 7.00pm followed at 8.00pm by a three course dinner with wine, plus coffee or tea and mince pies afterwards. The cost will be the same as last year at £39 per head. We shall have our usual raffle in aid of a charity and we will vote to award ‘The Over Cooked It’ trophy to a member who has raced, displayed, used or improved his/her Aston. Contact Nigel or Gary to book your place.
Dates for 2015
13th January: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting at Netherfield Arms Netherfield Rd Battle TN33 9QD
10th February: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting. The Gardeners Arms Selsfield Rd Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TJ
10th March: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting & Skittle Night at the Royal Oak at Barcombe High St Barcombe, East Sussex BN8 5BA
29th March: 11.30hr – 14.00hr Curling on Ice at Fentons Nr Tonbridge. http://www.fentonsrink.co.uk
14th April: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting Quiz Night at the Royal Oak, Wineham, Wineham La, Henfield BN5 9AY
12th May: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting TBA
9th June: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting election night. At the Griffin Inn at Fletching. Nr Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 3SS. Situated in the middle of the village.
14th July: 7.30pm Regular Meeting. Black Rabbit at Arundel, West Sussex, along side the river Arun.
2nd Aug: Hooe 46th Vintage Car Show and Concours D’Elegance at Hooe Recreation Ground Postal Code TN33 9HU se web site http://www.hooeoldmotorclub.org.uk
11th August: 7.30pm Regular Meeting The Gun, Gun Hill, near Chidingly, TN21 0JU.
8th September: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting TBA
13th October: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting The Red Lion, Ashington, London Rd Ashington, Pulborough, RH20 3DD
10th November: Regular Meeting TBA
December: Christmas Function TBA.
Current Area 16 Members Total 182 (+ 6 on last month)
Items for sale or Wanted:
Remember to let me know if you have anything to sell or are looking for and wish to advertise here.
WANTED: Dust Cover for 2001 DB7 Vantage ; Contact Mick Newson on 07747 112349
Neil Bennet (New Member) Is looking for or hopes to find a DBS6 or DBSV8 needing a rebuild or repaint, etc. If you can help E Mail Gary and I will put you in contact.
John (New Member) I am the proud owner of a Aston Martin saloon body 1934 vintage and am looking for a chassis. If you can help, E Mail Gary and I will put you in contact with John.
FOR SALE: Triumph Stag although it’s a past concours runner up For more info, E Mail Gary who will put you in contact with the owner