AMOC Area 16 News Letter July 2015


Dear Fellow Area 16 Members.

Next Area 16 Club Meeting: July 14th 7.30pm Regular Meeting. Black Rabbit at Arundel, West Sussex,BN18 9PB along side the river Arun.

What’s been going on…..

Rowfant House Event 12.07.2015 web13 

Sunday 12  July:- Rowfant House Classic Car Event

Thank you to everyone who turned up on a rather damp and drizzly day, a total of 12 Astons was a very good attendance considering the weather.  This was the first time AMOC had been invited to attend this annual event which had a good selection of classic cars. Our members were presented with a pack on arrival which contained a brief history of the house and money off food purchased from the BBQ. It was good to have support from the HWM team who came along with the new DBS and a V12 Vantage Roadster along with some of their trusty customers. During the afternoon we had some musical entertainment from local bands. As you can see from the photo it was a lovely setting, it was a shame the sun didn’t come out. It was a good day out  and nice to meet so many attending their first Area 16 event and Aston enthusiasts.


Are you interested in?

Member Mike Holyoake has a contact who makes cricket bats and has offered members a tour of the workshop.the tour would include the method / process of making cricket bats along with some lunch, if you would be interested please let me know. If we have enough interest we will look at dates.


Member Peter Player has made an offer to the club of an afternoon of croquet at his home in Flimwell –  please let us know if you would be interested and we will get a date from Peter. Sounds like a great idea to include a picnic tea. Please let me know ASAP.


Looking at Events to attend next year…..

Mick and Jan had a brilliant day at Firle  Middle Farm car show near Lewes  in June.  This is an annual event , organized by Lewes Rotary Club with over 150 classic cars. Perhaps a future event for Area 16. All monies raised were for local charities. And the free cider tasting was an added bonus!

Firle Middle Farm car show near Lewes Cider Tasting



Another possible venue for Area 16. Several members enjoyed a lovely day at a car show organised by SADCASE . Two Astons represented Area 16 and a Citroen (due to Trevor Mersh’s flat battery!!) The link below takes you to the motor museum web site.


Bently Wildfoul trust visit 2015

Area 16 Members Visit Bently wild Foul Trust 

Sandhurst Update:-  Gareth writes

As a recent recruit to the Social Sub Committee at AMOC HQ, I would like to add my comments to your piece in the Area 16 Newsletter for June 2015.

As a new recruit, my personal contribution was but a spit in the ocean compared with the huge effort made some of the more experienced members of the committee, but I was party to the committee meetings and the discussions around the event.

With regard to the vehicles that were left on the parade ground and prevented the prompt start of the display parking arrangements, Sandhurst had assured us that there would be no vehicles on the parade ground on the day, Mo and I were the first to arrive on the Saturday and there were 4 vehicles still there. Other members of the team had been there all day on Friday, marking out the parking slots for the display and apparently the last vehicle to be removed had been there all day on Friday with the alarm going off at frequent intervals. It was very annoying to find vehicles still parked on the parade ground on Saturday morning. I would also like to point out that once the parking for the display was able to start, it look little more than an hour to park all 80 cars. Given the level of precision required, that wasn’t bad at all.

We were also well aware of the long queue that formed for check in. Yes, the number of members was double the estimated turn-out, we did not reckon on so many member wanting to attend even when their cars were not part of the 1935 display and as a result the queue was regrettably long. I would like to point out however, that those who organised the event and looked after various aspects of the event on the day, worked unbelievably hard to bring about probably the most ambitious display ever put on by the AMOC. They were restricted by the understandable security issues involved with staging such an event at a military establishment which was at a heightened state of security at the time. Most of those doing the hard work are volunteers who also hold down a full time job so they endured many late, and no doubt sleepless nights leading up to the event.

There was another aspect to the display that disappointed me. The documentation supplied well in advance of the event had stated that those cars in the 1935 display would be expected to stay there until 17:00. This was because those members who had purchased tickets for the cherry picker, would want to take their own photographs of the 1935 display. Sadly, some members chose to ignore that requirement and the needs of their fellow members and broke ranks well before 17:00 and needless to say, once one went, then bit by bit, the display fell apart as others followed their lead.

We also attended the lunch at The Grafton Hotel on the bank holiday Monday and I must say that it was a very enjoyable lunch. I am not really one for formal dining but this was a more relaxed affair and to add to that, the food and wine were very good.

Best regards.


Thank you Gareth for your contribution to the news letter. Once again thanks to all the staff at HQ and their team of volunteers for making this and other events possible.

If any members would like to contribute a few words or a report on an event you have attended to future news letters, please send them to Jan or myself.

Request for DB5 owners, 18 July Bexhill-on-Sea, Roaring Twenties Event. Organiser Fiona Hemsworth has asked for our assistance in getting 4 or 5 DB5’s for the day to be displayed with 3 of the original Bond Girls. It sounds an amazing event with a fly past from the Spitfire and Lancaster bombers along with a record breaking attempt for the Charleston with TV cameras expected. If you have a DB5 and would be willing to have it filmed/photographed for the day, please call Fiona direct to arrange 07979576397.

Gary Wigzell (Area Rep)

Area 16 Forthcoming Events: 

Dates for 2015

July 14th 7.30pm Regular Meeting. Black Rabbit at Arundel, Mill Rd, Arundel,

West Sussex BN18 9PB. Along side the river Arun.

July 25/26th :    Saturday and Sunday, Ringmer Steam and Country Show. Phone 01903 233240 for a free entry form before 22nd June.

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

August 9th   Mid-day onwards we are invited to the home of Anthony Hepburn at Cowbeech House, Cowbeech, BN27 4JF. Bring a picnic. See his classic car and automobilia collection, the garden sculptures and swim in the pool.

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. For details & application form click here.

August 22nd – 23rd:   Shoreham Airshow & classic car show, contact Nigel, Gary or Jan. Nigel is organising the tickets, Saturday and Sunday display of ten Astons on each day from 10.00am at the Shoreham Air Show. Only £5 for a car plus driver and passenger.  8 tickets available on Saturday and 5 tickets available for the Sunday.

 August 24th: The Fountain at Ashurst BN44 3AP

We have been invited to attend Annual classic car rally with the Three Belles perfuming a tribute to the Andrews sisters, arrive at 11:30 for reserved car parking display. Please let Gary or Jan know if you would like to attend as numbers of cars are required. Flyer attached.

 August Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th:  Festival of Transport,

Broad Farm, Hellingly, BN27 4DS

We have been asked to support this special 40th festival of Transport event organised by Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club Ltd. Please contact jan by phone:  07711 517596  or E Mail:  with your details, car details and which day you wish to attend, Jan is co-ordinating our display on this as we will have a reserved area. For more details of the event go to

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.

Last year was a bit of a wash out for the organisers, however, a loyal turnout from Area 16 showed them that the weather will not beat us. We certainly hope for better weather this year and more Astons, please let me know if you can support this event with your Aston.

September 8th: 7.30pm. Regular Meeting TBA

October 4th – Horsham Vintage Fayre and French market with Aston Martin display – We are limited to 25 cars for this event, meeting up for a cavalcade into town centre where cars will be displayed. Times to be confirmed. Please let Jan know if you want to attend. It was a great event last year.

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

November 10thRegular Meeting TBA


December: 5th:  Area 16 Christmas Function & AMOC Club 80th celebration.

Final details of this event will be sent out very soon, please note you will need to phone the hotel to book rooms.

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.


To Contact Gary (Area 16 Rep) E Mail

To contact Jan (Assistant Rep) E Mail

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