AMOC EVENTS

HIGH­LIGHTS IN­CLUDE EX­CLU­SIVE UN­VEIL­ING OF VANQUISH S RED ARROWS EDITION

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High­lights of the Club’s first ma­jor event of 2017, the Spring Con­cours

A STUNNING ARRAY OF AS­TONS of all ages gath­ered for the AMOC Spring Con­cours at the site of what will be As­ton Martin’s new St Athan man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in south Wales. It was a fan­tas­tic turnout, com­ing just days af­ter the of­fi­cial han­dover of the EX-RAF site from the Min­istry of De­fence to As­ton Martin.

The event also fea­tured a worldex­clu­sive re­veal of the brand new, lim­ited-edition Vanquish S Red Arrows model. As­ton Martin Cam­bridge com­mis­sioned the spe­cial edition – just ten of which will be built – and has do­nated one of the cars, ‘Red 10’, to the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund. The char­ity will raf­fle ‘Red 10’ to raise funds, and details on how to pur­chase the £20 raf­fle tick­ets can be found at www.rafbf.org/red10

The Con­cours cars, all be­long­ing to AMOC mem­bers, were dis­played along­side a spec­tac­u­lar col­lec­tion of static air­craft, the whole event be­ing staged within St Athan’s three huge ‘su­per hangars’, which will ul­ti­mately be con­verted into the pro­duc­tion line for the new As­ton Martin DBX (see sep­a­rate story start­ing on page 52).

AMOC mem­bers were com­pet­ing to win much-cov­eted class tro­phies in a num­ber of cat­e­gories: Feltham, New­port Pag­nell six-cylin­der and eight-cylin­der, Gaydon, Blox­ham, Lagonda, Pride of Own­er­ship and pre-war, while the best of the best were com­pet­ing for the Elite Class tro­phy.

AMOC pres­i­dent Vis­count­ess Diana

Downe pre­sented first prize in the Elite Class to Chris Sherry in his im­mac­u­late 2007 DB9, Yuki Hayashi won the pre-war class with his 1933 Le Mans, and An­thony Hoskin­son took the Feltham ti­tle with his DB2/4 MARKIII. A hotly con­tested Gaydon class, at­tract­ing 13 en­trants, was won by Michael Reed with his DBS Volante. Full results can be viewed at www.amoc.org/ con­cours/spring-2017.

The event also in­cluded a very spe­cial As­ton Martin Her­itage Trust dis­play of the DBS six-cylin­der model, which is 50 years old in 2017. Visi­tors to St Athan in­cluded As­ton Martin vice pres­i­dent and chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Si­mon Sproule, who fol­lowed up his re­cent pur­chase of a Works-up­rated Vi­rage by be­com­ing a mem­ber of the Own­ers Club.

Mark Donoghue, Con­cours chair and Club deputy chair­man, com­mented: ‘With­out doubt this is one of the most amaz­ing Con­cours we have ever staged. So many dif­fer­ent el­e­ments came to­gether to de­liver a won­der­ful day for our mem­bers and the public alike.’

Donoghue added that the Con­cours was es­pe­cially hon­oured to be cho­sen for the launch of the Vanquish S Red Arrows. ‘This lim­ited-edition car show­cases UK engi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence, pre­ci­sion and in­no­va­tion; hall­marks of both the Royal Air Force and As­ton Martin.

‘My con­grat­u­la­tions go to all our very de­serv­ing Con­cours win­ners and huge thanks go to all the AMOC staff and vol­un­teers who worked tire­lessly to make the event so suc­cess­ful.’

En­try into AMOC Con­cours events is ex­clu­sive to As­ton Martin Own­ers Club mem­bers. Mem­ber­ship is from £99 a year (plus a £30 join­ing fee) and ben­e­fits in­clude a wel­come pack, monthly and quar­terly pub­li­ca­tions, ex­clu­sive In­ter­na­tional Din­ners and driv­ing tours, ac­cess to world­wide ad­vice and car sales fo­rums, of­fi­cial AMOC motorsport events and an ap­proved in­sur­ance scheme.

Mem­ber­ship is open to en­thu­si­asts as well as own­ers. For more details visit www.amoc.org, email hqstaff@amoc.org or call 01865 400400. Fol­low the Club on so­cial me­dia @amochq.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY MAX EAREY

From the top Hun­dreds of As­tons filled the EX-RAF su­per hangars; un­veil­ing of ‘Red 10’ by Red Arrows pilot Mike Bow­den, and judg­ing gets un­der way in the Feltham class

Left and above Su­perb line-up of six-cylin­der DBSS mark­ing 50 years since the model was in­tro­duced; pre-war As­tons drew plenty of ad­mir­ers, too

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