Picture-perfect scene at Autumn Concours
ART GALLERY PROVIDES I DEAL BACKDROP FOR FINAL MAJOR AMOC EVENT OF 2016
COMPTON VERNEY art gallery and park in Warwickshire was the venue for the Aston Martin Owners Club’s prestigious Autumn Concours in September. Over 50 competitors entered the competition, showcasing every era of Aston Martin from pre-war and ’50s classics through to modern Vantage and racing GT cars, while the spectacle was enjoyed by around 500 Aston enthusiasts and their families.
A special feature of the event was a 30th anniversary celebration exhibition of the V8 Zagato, organised by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust. The display brought together nine of only 89 V8 Zagatos ever built – believed to be the world’s largest ever gathering of these rare cars. There was also an appearance by the latest fruit of the partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato: the Vanquish Zagato Concept first unveiled at the Concorso d’eleganza Villa d’este at Lake Como in May 2016.
Rob Smith, trustee of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust and one of the organisers, said: ‘We were absolutely delighted with the V8 Zagato anniversary display and are very grateful to the owners who brought their cars from all over the UK.’
A panel of judges, led by chief judge and Concours organiser Mark Donoghue, had the difficult task of deciding upon the class winners from among the ranks of immaculately prepared cars, and club president Viscountess Diana Downe presented the winners with their trophies at the prize-giving ceremony that concluded the event.
The Elite Class was awarded to Ron Pearson and granddaughter Amie, with their stunning supercharged Vantage Le Mans. Commented Ron: ‘I’d like to thank Amie, who’s been working with me for over ten years on Concours. This is the second time we have won the Elite Class, with two different cars, and so I’m very proud of her.’
Father-and-son team David and Stephen Childs won the Gaydon Class with their V12 Vantage, and Sue Hartley scooped the Bloxham Class with her DB7 Vantage. The Lagonda class was won by Dimitri Labis with his 1984 AM Lagonda. and the Pre-war Class by Ecurie Bertelli’s Robert and Ali Blakemore with their 2-Seater Sports.
Sandy and Gay Doggart won the Feltham Class with their 1953 DB2/4, and Aston Martin specialist and club racing driver Desmond Smail took the Newport Pagnell 6 Cyl trophy with his DB6 Short Chassis Volante. The Newport Pagnell 8 Cyl and Vanquish Class was won by Richard Aczel with his 2004 Vanquish. Richard also won the Associate Class with his attention-grabbing 1978 Ford Capri – the original car driven by Bodie (Lewis Collins) in Theprofessionals!
Alan Medland was delighted to win the Pride of Ownership Class with his 1979 V8 Vantage, Andrew Ferguson took the Modern Class with his 2016 Vantage, and Stephen Archer the Competition Class with his 2010 GT4. Entry on the Day went to Jon Bellfield with his 1987 V8.
Viscountess Downe said: ‘It has been a marvellous event in a beautiful location and a perfect end to a wonderful season of events. On behalf of the club, I’d like to thank all of our members, staff and volunteers for their support, enthusiasm and dedication throughout the year.’ Astonfansareadvisedtokeepchecking www.amoc.orgfortheannouncementof averyspecialspringconcours2017!