AMOC Area 16 Newsletter April 2015

 Peter Players DB6 Owned since 1975

DB6 of Area 16 Member Peter Player:  I have had my DB6 since 1975. I am the second owner the first being Kenneth Maidment who was a Director of Columbia Pictures UK in charge of James Bond films.  The car is now nearly back to being in excellent condition having had the outriggers, jacking points etc all renewed.  The engine has now been reworked having been converted to unleaded and to 4.2l  The engine is now running and we should have her on the road again soon.

Dear Fellow Area 16 Members.

Next Regular Area 16 Club Meeting: 

April 14th: 7.30pm. The Gardeners Arms, Selsfield Rd, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TJ. Opposite the South of England Show Ground.

March 10th Our regular meeting and Skittle Night at the Royal Oak at Barcombe seemed to be a success with my thanks to 12 Members and 5 Astons who enjoyed some good food, good company and some excellent skittles, Two teams fought it out, captained by Steve Vyse and Keith Diggins, with Steve’s team winning by a small margin of 3 points, this was followed by a Female Team V Male Team game which resulted in total equality, of 39 points each, Finishing with the traditional game of “Killer” with much competitiveness between all. Steve Vyse opting to wear his glasses to improve his game and promptly missing  all 6 skittles, along with some embarrassing moments for others, the final game resulting in the evenings champion being Peter Player collecting the trophy to keep for the year. We welcomed returning member Peter Player and his wife Caroline, and member Peter Powderham, who has been a member for some time who attended his first meeting at the skittles. All had a good time.

AMOC Skittles 2015

March 29th:  Curling on Ice at Fentons Nr Tonbridge.

The first AREA 16 Curling event was held in this converted barn, an amazing venue deep in the countryside. 24 keen players all turned up and had a very competitive and enjoyable afternoon of curling, occupying the whole complex across 3 sheets (lanes) with 8 players on each sheet, 4 in each team. The banter grew louder with the challenge, along with periods of silence during intense concentration. There were 6 teams, Team, Virage, Lagonda, Vanquish, DB, Vulcan and Vantage. after a challenging 2 hours on the ice, with only 3 players falling over, but some very good competition, Team Vulcan, on sheet 1 (all guests from Area 7) I have to say, were the overall winners with the highest score of the afternoon. The majority of the players then retired to a local pub, The Brecknock Arms, for a well earned drink and an excellent meal, our thanks go to the staff of the Brecknock Arms for accommodating 16 of us and for giving us such a good welcome. For Pictures of this event, see out Web site 


Sheet 1 (L to R) Nikki, Bill, Peter, Mary, Adam, Janet, Charmaine & Mike

Sheet 1 (L to R) Nikki, Bill, Peter, Mary, Adam, Janet, Charmaine & Mike

Sheet 2 (L to R) Mick, Liz, Gary, Kerry, Trevor, Jan, Den & Jennifer

Sheet 2 (L to R) Mick, Liz, Gary, Kerry, Trevor, Jan, Den & Jennifer

Sheet 3 (L to R) Rosemary, Stephanie (happy Birthday) Trevor, Tracey, Martin, Larraine, Will & Keith.

Sheet 3 (L to R) Rosemary, Stephanie (happy Birthday) Trevor, Tracey, Martin, Larraine, Will & Keith.

WE NEED MORE MEMBERS CARS FOR OUR WEB SITE:-  Area 16 Web site continues to be up and running please visit  and 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 / cars, or previous cars on the site, along with a brief description or story of its history, then please send them to me to add to the web site.

Dates for 2015

We have produced a flyer with a small amount of detail about the events we have found out about. It contains all the dates for your diary. Should you wish to register or find more information please check out our website or contact Gary.  Any suggestions for pubs/venue for future monthly meets or drive outs will be welcome. The clubs celebrates it’s 80th anniversary in 2015  so we can look forward to some great events.

Visit To Bruges Belgium April 24th 2015  

Our planned trip to Belgium is now well past the planning stage, we are just finalising some finer points prior to the trip taking place. We have 8 cars with 16 area 16 members who have booked to take part on the trip. The Belgium members of AMOC have arranged a drive day and dinner of which we have been invited.

Friday 24th: Travel on Euro Tunnel early AM. Meet up with other members in a town called Bergues, Northern France. Make our way to Poperinge, Leper area taking in some sights on the way. with Dinner together in the evening.

Saturday 25th: Join Belgium AMOC members on a drive and sight seeing day in the area, ending the day at a dinner with the Belgium members. return to hotel.

Sunday 26th: Check out of hotel. Travel to Bruges for the day and look at surrounding areas.

If anyone else is interested in joining us, you will be most welcome, but you will have to arrange your own hotel in the area, channel crossing, etc.

South Downs Drive with West Sussex Jaguar Enthusiasts’ club

We have an invitation from the West Sussex Jaguar Enthusiasts’ club to join them on a south downs drive,  on Sunday May 31st an E Mail from them say’s: This year we wish to invite a number of other motoring clubs and individual enthusiasts. I attach a sample entry form  (Click here for attachment)   but suggest to go to our official website   If you intend to join in, please complete the application form etc.  but please keep me informed so I can update you collate numbers  and get in touch if any changes are made to arrangements.

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 a date in 2015

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.

Gary Wigzell (Asst Rep)

Area 16 Forthcoming Events: 

Dates for 2015

Take a look at the spreadsheet from AMOC HQ events, (see Link below) we have added Area 16 regular meets and will add other events as we are notified of them. Any suggestions for pubs/venue for our regular monthly meets will be welcome.


April 14th: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting.

The Gardeners Arms Selsfield Rd, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TJ, Opposite the South of England Show Ground

April 24th: Weekend Visit To Bruges 2015  (Update Jan 15)

We currently have 16 members with 8 cars interested in this drive, 

May 2nd & 3rd

The 2015 Magnificent Motors for Classic, Vintage & Veteran vehicles will be on WESTERN LAWNS, KING EDWARD’S PARADE and the SEAFRONT, Eastbourne, situated close to the Bandstand, Area 16 can have 6 cars on display each day, see attached Flyer & Application Form for details. Contact me, Gary, BEFORE FRIDAY APRIL 17th PLEASE if you can support the club here.

May 12th: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting 7.30pm The Six Bells, Chiddingly, BN8 6HT, North of the A22 at Golden Cross.

May 31st Sunday. South Downs Drive with West Sussex Jaguar Enthusiasts’ club

See above for more detail or the official website   for entry application form I attach a sample entry form  (Click here for attachment) 

June 9th 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.

June 14th Country Fayre,Hailsham Lions Club, Board Farm, Hellingly, BN27 4DU

Sunday 12  July. Rowfant House , RH10 4NG.

Would you be interested in gathering at this classic car event and having a picnic together. Click here for the flyer.

July 14th 7.30pm Regular Meeting. Black Rabbit at Arundel, West Sussex, along side the river Arun.

August 2nd Hooe 46th Vintage Car Show and Concours D’Elegance at Hooe Recreation Ground Postal Code  TN33  9HU se web site

August 11th: 7.30pm Regular Meeting The Gun, Gun Hill, near Chidingly, TN21 0JU.

August 15th Rye Classic Car Show.

We have been invited to take part in the Rye Classic Car Show, for entry form  email a donation to enter your car into the show is required – all in  aid of St Michael’s Hospice.

August 22nd – 23rd:   Shoreham Airshow & classic car show, See Nigel or Gary for Tickets, costs and details to follow.

Saturday 29, Sunday 30 and Monday 31st August, Festival of Transport, Broad Farm, Hellingly, BN27 4DS

We have been asked to support this special 40th Festival of Transport organized by Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club Ltd. For entry forms and general information contact David Esmond 01323 479200

August 31st: Bank Holiday Monday. Display of Astons at the 11th Bexhill Classic Car Show at the Polgrove Recreation Ground. 10am see link for details and application form.

September 8th: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting TBA

October 13th: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting The Red Lion, Ashington, London Rd Ashington, Pulborough, RH20 3DD, West of A24

November 10thRegular Meeting TBA


December: 4th Christmas Function. Buxted Park Hotel, Proposed venue currently waiting details and confirmation.TBA. This would be seasonal drink with  canapés, 3 course dinner and entertainment / dancing, approximately the same cost as previous years, overnight accommodation is available, more details will follow when we have them.

Current Area 16 Members  Total 185

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.


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. John is also in need of drawings of a 1934 chassis, as he has a Aston body. can anyone help. If you can help, E Mail Gary and I will put you in contact with John.








phone john 01323 893178. OR E.MAIL.


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