Chocks away for an­other great year

Dux­ford air­field Con­cours i S just one HIGH­LIGHT of the 2016 amoc Cal­en­dar

VANTAGE - - Bulletin Amoc Events - Words NIKKI WRIGHT pho­tog­ra­phy DAVE BRASSINGTON, IAN KEN­DALL, DAVID WRIGHT

the as­ton Martin own­ers Club has an­nounced an ex­cit­ing cal­en­dar of events for 2016, from con­cours d’elé­gance to race meet­ings, sprints and hill­climbs; from black-tie din­ners to track­days to euro­pean tours, and much more be­sides.

one of the first ma­jor events of the year is to be held at the im­pe­rial war Museum dux­ford, near Cam­bridge, with an in­ter­na­tional din­ner on Satur­day May 21 and Con­cours on Sun­day May 22.

Satur­day’s black-tie din­ner will be held in the museum’s award-win­ning airspace exhibition, un­der the wings of the pro­to­type Con­corde, and the evening will in­clude a talk by for­mer Con­corde Cap­tain john Hutchin­son. tick­ets are avail­able only to amoc mem­bers and in­clude a tait­tinger Cham­pagne re­cep­tion and three-course din­ner.

on Sun­day, out on the air­field, around 200 mem­bers will be dis­play­ing some of the country’s finest as­ton Martins in the club’s pres­ti­gious Spring Con­cours.

later in the year, on the evening of Satur­day Septem­ber 24, the au­tumn Con­cours din­ner will take place ahead of the au­tumn Con­cours on Sun­day 25. both are be­ing held at beau­ti­ful Compton Ver­ney, an 18th cen­tury country mansion near Kine­ton in war­wick­shire. to pur­chase tick­ets to ei­ther of the din­ners or to en­ter the con­cours, email the amoc events team at events@amoc.org.

there will be a strong club pres­ence at the don­ing­ton His­toric Fes­ti­val (april 30-May 2, with dis­counted tick­ets avail­able to mem­bers) the burgh­ley House event (july 3, with a ded­i­cated dis­play for mem­bers’ cars) and also the ac­tion­packed Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic and fam­i­lyfriendly Car Fest North (both july 29-31).

Mean­while, the club’s own well-re­garded rac­ing pro­gramme kicks off on Satur­day april 16 at brands Hatch by in­vi­ta­tion of the bri­tish Gt Cham­pi­onship. the ex­cit­ing week­end will in­clude the launch of the brand new as­ton Martin Gt Chal­lenge (see page 68 for more). More at www. amoc­rac­ing.org. there’s also a full cal­en­dar of sprints and hill­climbs, start­ing at ain­tree, Mersey­side, on april 23.

Sure to be a high­light of the year will be the club’s highly sociable trip to the le Mans Clas­sic in july. a camp­ing pack­age will in­clude en­try tick­ets to the cir­cuit for the week­end’s ac­tion, grand­stand tick­ets, track laps and Sun­day pic­nic ham­pers.

For de­tails of all events, and to find out how to join the club, visit www.amoc.org.

di­ary dates april 16 apri 23 May 7 May 21 May 21 May 22 May 28 June 5 June 11 June 17-19 June 19 June 14 July 2 July 3 July 8-10

rac­ing, brands Hatch GP Cir­cuit Sprint se­ries, ain­tree, Mersey­side Sprint se­ries, Mira, war­wick­shire bon­hams works auc­tion in­ter­na­tional din­ner, iwm dux­ford Spring Con­cours. iwm dux­ford rac­ing at oul­ton Park, Cheshire Hare­wood hill­climb, York­shire rac­ing at Sil­ver­stone GP Cir­cuit le Mans 24hrs club camp­ing bly­ton Park Sprint Se­ries, lincs bly­ton Park track­day Shel­s­ley walsh hill­climb burgh­ley House char­ity event le Mans Clas­sic

Left and above Pre­vi­ous trips to le Mans (left) have been a big hit, and an­other is planned for this year. Con­cours and race se­ries also fea­ture in a packed amoc cal­en­dar

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