AMOC Area 16 News Letter September 2015

  Dear Fellow Area 16 Members.

Next Area 16 Club Meeting: 7.30pm on September 8th.The Coach and Horses.  School Ln, Dane Hill, Haywards Heath, East Sussex RH17 7JF.

What’s been going on…..A busy August

August 9th Mid-day onwards

Area 16 AMOC enjoyed a wonderful sunny afternoon at Cowbeech House by kind invitation of Anthony Hepburn. Seven Astons turned up all gleaming in the glorious sunshine; the weather even enticed a few into the swimming pool! Everyone enjoyed picnicking on the lawn, chatting the afternoon away and viewing Anthony’s classic car and auto memorabilia collection along with the garden sculptures. for more pictures visit our web site.

Cowbeech House of Anthony Hepburn 9th Aug 2015 d web  Cowbeech House of Anthony Hepburn 9th Aug 2015 f web  Cowbeech House of Anthony Hepburn 9th Aug 2015 a web

 August 15th: Rye Classic Car Show: A small group of 4 Astons met up at the Rye Show, which is a lovely country show, with many different attractions, including lots of dog and horse events alongside a selection of classic cars.

The cars got a lot of interest and attendees enjoyed a lovely picnic, relaxing in the sun, discussing the route and use of satnav!! A good time was had by all and the money raised from the entry fee was for the local hospice.

Shoreham Air Show: Saturday morning was an enthusiastic start with 9 Astons arriving at Shoreham Air Show, with lots of interest from visitors throughout the morning. Despite everyone being shaken by the plane crash, we must thank the organisers who kept us informed of the situation, the exit from the site was well marshalled and relatively quick. Thank you to those who attended and gave several Aston admirers a welcome distraction from the sadness by being allowed to sit in the cars and some even getting to start them up. Our thoughts are with all those friends and families effected by this tragic accident, especially those who lost loved ones. As a mark of respect, the Sunday event was cancelled; Gary, Jan and Nigel believe, it would be our members wish that any funds returned by organisers will be donated to the Royal Air Forces Association.

August 24th: The Fountain at Ashurst, BN44 3AP : This started as a rather damp drive to the Fountain, on arrival we were welcomed by a roaring open fire (yes ,in August and yes, only in UK). The seven Astons on show didn’t see many car enthusiasts but all enjoyed a good lunch, during this time the sun came out and a very enjoyable and entertaining afternoon was spent in the sun listening to the 3 Belles, who were brilliant. Special mention to Larraine for really getting into the sprit of the event in her 1950’s outfit. (picture) Thanks to Jan for organising this one. Please see our web site for more pictures.

Fountain Ashurst Aug 2015 web 16

August Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th:  Festival of Transport,(Eastbourne).: Despite the weather in the week running up to this spectacular transport festival, after a pitch inspection by Jan the call went out to say the event was going ahead and the ground would be accessible for Astons. Not sure if anyone attended on the Bank Holiday but I suspect it was a bit of a wash out! While sitting in the unexpected (therefore unprepared) sun we admired other car clubs shelters, suitable to hold a number of people sitting or standing to shelter from sun or showers, this has prompted us to purchase one of these wonderful event tents. We accept that at some events this might not be practical but the majority of events we attend, we felt that good use would be made of it and yes it fit’s in the Aston!

We had a parade lap on both the Saturday and Sunday and were made to feel very special, set up in the centre with others driving round us, which led to a good photo opportunity for the organisers. Please see below.

Festival of Transport display Aug 2015 web 1

August 31st: Bank Holiday Monday. Bexhill 100: This was a great event; with 8 Astons on show there was a wonderful display, which was given arena time with selected cars who’s drivers introduced their cars to the crowd with Mike Brewer (TV’s Wheeler Dealer) conducting the interviews. Mike seemed very focused on the value of the cars rather than the model and he had to be corrected a few times, which led to him approaching from the rear of the car to check the model before he got it wrong again, much to our amusement. After he suggested that the Vanquish S sounded like a washing product he was quickly silenced by finding Jan Dunk (yes, Mike Brewer, a woman) in her DB9. It was an enjoyable good day and we recommend putting it in your diary for next year; it is always held on the August Bank Holiday. After all we can’t have a 3rd year with rain, can we?  Thanks to Tony Skinner for making arrangements (even if he did turn up in his Jaguar).


Bexhill 100 Aug 2015 Arena Display web Mike Brewer at Bexhill 100 Aug 2015 web 

   5th/6th September – Brand hatch: The AMOC Racing event held at Brands Hatch went off very well. Some area 16 members attended, with the opportunity to drive the circuit on Sunday being a highlight for the 66 Astons that took part. With many members from area 7 and it would appear that Winston’s V8 is the latest edition to the Brands Hatch fire service.  (Picture)



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 closer 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…..

FIRLE MIDDLE FARM: car show near Lewes in June.  This is an annual event , organized by Lewes Rotary Club with over 150 classic cars.


If any members would like to contribute a few words, pictures or a report on an event they have attended to future news letters, or can recommend them for an Area 16 visit in the future, please send them to Jan or myself.

Gary Wigzell (Area Rep)

Area 16 Forthcoming Events: 

Coming up in 2015

September 8th: 7.30pm.  The Coach and Horses

School Ln, Dane Hill, Haywards Heath, East Sussex RH17 7JF.

October 3rd – Visit to HWM Aston Martin Dealership

HWM Aston Martin, New Zealand Avenue, Walton on Thames, KT12 1AT

We have been invited to a dealership tour with HWM in Walton on Thames for the morning.

The proposed itinerary is as follows:

  • Arrive at HWM for 10am – teas & coffees etc
  • Those guests that want to look at their car on the ramp, will be invited into the workshop for viewings.
  • Tour of the dealership.

They will naturally have some interesting cars to look at too!

Finish late morning so that we can all enjoy a drive back to Sussex stopping at a pre-arranged pub for lunch on the return leg. The proposed venue for lunch is:

The Mulberry Inn, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, Surrey, GU8 4SS  Public House owned by Chris Evans

Menu details will follow.

Please let me know if you can join us, Names are coming in for this, so contact Jan or myself if you can join us.

  • Name of Driver / Co-Driver,
  • Car you intend to take, preferably an Aston but not obligatory as it is October.
  • Your intention to join us for return drive and lunch.

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. Interest is building for this event, so hurry to secure your place.

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.

To mark the 80th Anniversary of AMOC with an extra special Area 16 Christmas celebration, we have exclusive use of Horsted Place. A lovely independent hotel, placed on the A26/A22, who will welcome us with log fires and festive cheer. All the rooms are now booked, but it is not too late to book your place at dinner. Please be sure to let us know as soon as possible if you intend to come, numbers are restricted and will be on a first come basis.  If you would still like to book overnight accommodation this can be done at the:

East Sussex National, Little Horsted, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5ES.

Located just ¾ mile down the road. When numbers staying at the additional hotel are established we will be looking at transportation to Horsted Place for dinner and a safe return, a small aditional cost will be required to cover the cost of transport.

All those staying at Horsted Place will also have complimentary use of the facilities available at the East Sussex National, spa treatments / golf these will need to be booked and a charge will apply, we understand special rates will apply for a round of golf.

Horsted Place Hotel is available to us from 2pm, so please arrive at your leisure for a relaxing afternoon to prepare for our festive feast all located in a superb warm country house setting.

  • Six o’clock Champagne & Canapés reception in the Long Gallery/Morning Room
  • Seated at Seven o’clock for three course dinner in the Drawing Room
  • Coffee to be served in the Library
  • Live entertainment in the Terrace Room for those who enjoy dancing or if you just want to sit in the comfort of arm chair in the Drawing Room; the choice is yours.
  • Gentlemen Black Tie is required.

You will need to pre-order and pay for dinner by 15th October 2015.

The cost for the evening is only £69.00 per person. This includes 2 glasses of Champagne or Sparkling Elderflower Cordial, Canapés, Three Course Christmas dinner, Coffee and Half a bottle of House Wine.

All other drinks must be paid for when ordered.

Cheques to “Sussex area 16”  or BACS payment to:

Sort code 40-20-09,  Account number 01670727

Please use reference of your surname and Xmas

For the Christmas Event Flyer for More Details Contact Gary or Jan

 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: 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: 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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