AMOC Area 16 News Letter October 2015

Dear Fellow Area 16 Members.

Next Area 16 Club Meeting:   October 13th: 7.30pm.

Regular Meeting The Red Lion, Ashington, London Rd Ashington, Pulborough, RH20 3DD, West of A24

What’s been going on…..

September 8th:  The Coach and Horses, Dane Hill

A new venue for the monthly meeting, (Recommended by one of our members Jim & Joan Stott) it was a lovely evening an ideal location with excellent food and service, it was good to see some members who had not attended a meeting before, Lincoln and Matt we hope to see you again soon.

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October 3rd – Visit to HWM Aston Martin Dealership

HWM Aston Martin saw 10 members cars turn up for the visit,  With a very warm welcome from Guy Jenner and his team who provided coffee and nibbles. A superb tour of the dealership was most interesting with stories of some racing history which included the great Sterling Moss who drove for HWM in the early days of his racing career. With a One 77 proudly on display with Chassis No 54, a classic single seater AM Racer from the early years of racing supported with the new DB9GT the display in the show room attracted lots of attention.








HWM also offered some complimentary car health checks which 6 members took up the offer and took the opportunity to have a look under their cars. After leaving the dealership around lunch time, we drove to the Mulberry Inn in Chiddingfold for lunch,



The pub is owned by Chris Evans, although he was not in attendance, there were plenty of pictures displayed of him and his celebrity guests who have visited, Thank you to the staff at the Inn for providing excellent food and seating us all together. For more pictures, please visit our Web site.

October 4th – Horsham Vintage Fayre and French market with Aston Martin display

What a great day, weather was perfect, We had some 25 cars turn up at the designated rendezvous on time, a very well organised drive into town, all 25 cars were displayed throughout the streets of Horsham to a wonderful welcome from the locals,

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We had a special guest of Jeremy Levison  and his famous DBs from the TV series The Persuaders, staring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis, with the famous signed boot lid, a great spectacle.





Area 16 also provided 3 prize winners with a short Aston drive as part of the prize of a competition run by the Horsham Rotary Club in conjunction with Horsham Council. A massive thank you to Mick Newson and Allan McCormack in joining me in providing this prize, and for certainly looking the part of Bond representatives in the lead up to the opening of the new Spectre bond film in Horsham on Oct 27th.

Horsham Event Drive out Drivers Mick Newson Allan MacCormac Gary Wigzell Horsham Event 4th Oct 2015 Web 1

My thanks must go to Jan Dunk for co-ordinating this event with Horsham Council and Rotary Club for the timely and well co-ordinated organisation of the whole day. We of course finished the day with the traditional roar of Astons exiting the town centre in all there glory with horns honking and the great sounds of all 25 Aston Martin exhausts being well tuned and making lots of noise with a rapturous reception from all the locals.

Goodwood Revival 2015

Some of our members attended Goodwood revival this year, I believe they all had a great time, dressing in the period with lots of interest is one of our members, do you recognise this man?

Goodwood Revival 2015b web


Here’s a clue!!!!!!


Goodwood Revival 2015a web  Goodwood Revival 2015c web 

 For more pictures of all our events take a look at the website.

An Extra Bit of Info:

From Allan McCormack:  Allan had a problem with his CD player in his DB9, when two CD’s managed to get stuck in the player, the unit is a Volvo part as the car is a 2004 model, I had a lot of trouble tracking down anyone who could repair this, most enquires on the internet / telephone were not even answered and for a new / replacement unit I was quoted at around £600 to £800 + Vat.  I was lucky to find Simon Lywood whose company Enhance Audio & Security Specialists, based in Maidstone, was able to make a home visit, remove the offending article and turn it around within a week ( very important as without the radio/CD, for some reason you loose all dashboard indications and instruments). The cost was £330+Vat, which considering what I was faced with seemed a good deal.

I had a look on his web site and saw that he also supplies and fits dash cams, he had a kit in his car which I looked at and having bought an inferior dash cam on the internet (all be it for £20) I decided to give him the go ahead and he fitted a forward facing camera, (Blackvue, made in South Korea) just below the rear view mirror, which is hardly noticeable from the outside and does not interfere with forward visibility. I decided that I would have a voltage saver fitted to the camera which powers it for 3 days so as not to drain the car battery, I also upgraded to a 32G mini SD card rather than the 16G supplied. The camera setup gives continuous recording in both park and driving modes and will automatically retain any incidents detected. I am very pleased with the results and have viewed the recording on my computer, the picture / filming is very clear and the audio is also clear. My set up cost £250 +Vat and £40 for the voltage saver (not including the 32G SD card). Of interest he can also supply and fit the complete system without the camera to another car, so that you just plug the camera into the car you are going out in.

For the record I have no financial or any other interest in Simon or his company, I was just happy to have found a repairer for my CD player.

Also sent from Allan McCormack:

HEART ATTACKS – ARE NO JOKE – this is not a joke either:

  • Let’s say it 7.25pm and your’re going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.
  • You’re really tired, upset and frustrated.
  • Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw.  You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home.
  • Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.
  • You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.


  • Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
  • However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.   A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
  • A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
  • Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating.  The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm.  In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.
  • Tell as many other people as possible about this.  It could save their lives   ! ! ! !
  • A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail kindly sends it to 10 people
  • you can bet that we’ll save at least one life.

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 in 2016. 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

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

November 10th: 7.30pm:    Regular Meeting The Sussex Ox, Milton Street, Polegate, East sussex, BN26 5RL

We have selected this pub for the ease of access it being a winters night, it is just 3/4 mile off the A27, hopefully fairly central to our members with easy main road access from around Sussex, hope to see you there.

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.

The 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. A room can be made available for those who wish to change for dinner.

  • 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.

Traditional event of the “over cooked it” award to the persons willing to admit to a misfortune with their Aston – please submit your entry in advance if at all possible.

This is a special event so come on guys give the girls a real treat, we are sure to have a great evening with something for everyone.

What you need to do:

  • Send your menu choice (See Below) and payment of £69 per person (+£3pp supplement if ordering beef) to Gary before 15thOctober

BACS payment to HSBC                             Or                    Cheque payment to Sussex area 16

Account Number           01670727                                           send to:  2 Rowan Walk

Sort code                      40-20-09                                                            Crawley Down,

Reference –                  Your surname and Xmas.                             West Sussex, RH10 4JP

As we have use of the hotel from 2pm, it would be nice if those attending in their Astons could make an early appearance for a photo opportunity in the lovely setting at Horsted Place. During the afternoon you can take part in various activities

  • History of the house
  • Picture show of Aston events of 2015
  • Something for those who like a bit of competition
  • Christmas raffle (Please bring your raffle prize contribution)

If you would like to book overnight accommodation this can be done at the:

Horstead Place  rooms are now fully booked.

East Sussex National fully booked (might be worth checking nearer the time if they have had any cancellations).

Other suggestions are-:

Crockstead Farm Hotel – Eastbourne Rd, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6PT    Tel 01825 841022

Halland Forge Hotel, Halland, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6PW, 01825 840456

Buxted Park Hotel, Buxted, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 4AY, Tel 0845 072 7412


Beechwood B&B, Eastbourne Road, Halland, East Sussex, BN8 6PS

Tel:     01825 840937 (Carol Hyland),    email:

It is located about 2 miles from the Little Horsted Roundabout (towards Eastbourne), a few days ago  there were still two more rooms available.

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 (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,   area16assistantrep@gmail.c

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