HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE EXCLUSIVE UNVEILING OF VANQUISH S RED ARROWS EDITION
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 email@example.com or call 01865 400400. Follow the Club on social media @amochq.
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