AMOC EVENTS

…in­clud­ing the han­dover of nine Vanquish S ‘Red Ar­rows’ edi­tions

VANTAGE - - Contents - WORDS NIKKI WRIGHT

IN SEPTEM­BER, around 60 of the UK’S most cov­eted As­ton Martins, from clas­sic DBS to a thor­oughly modern Vul­can hy­per­car, were on dis­play at Bo­con­noc House, Lost­with­iel, Corn­wall, as the As­ton Martin Own­ers Club wel­comed hun­dreds of vis­i­tors to its Au­tumn Con­cours – the largest event the club has ever staged in the West Coun­try.

The week­end also in­cluded a spe­cial dis­play, or­gan­ised by the As­ton Martin Her­itage Trust, to cel­e­brate the 60th an­niver­sary of the clas­sic DB MKIII. And an ex­tra high­light was pro­vided by the Corn­wall Air Am­bu­lance Trust, the club’s of­fi­cial char­ity part­ner for the event, which landed its he­li­copter in the grounds of Bo­con­noc, al­low­ing vis­i­tors of all ages to meet the med­i­cal crew and pi­lots, and find out more about the life-sav­ing work of the or­gan­i­sa­tion

In Oc­to­ber, the club was very proud to be in­volved with the han­dover of nine Vanquish S Red Ar­rows spe­cial edi­tions to their new own­ers. The lim­ited-edi­tion project, in­spired by Simon Lane of As­ton Martin Cam­bridge, had been launched at the Club’s Spring Con­cours at St Athan back in April, and the ex­hil­a­rat­ing han­dover at RAF Scamp­ton, home of the Red Ar­rows, was a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence for the new own­ers and VIP guests. The spe­cial day in­cluded a stun­ning re­veal of each in­di­vid­ual car by its name­sake Red Ar­rows pi­lot and a pri­vate Red Ar­rows dis­play by the team.

As­ton Martin CEO Andy Palmer and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Mar­shal Sir Stephen Hil­lier, both spoke at the event about their pride in the project bring­ing to­gether some of the most iconic ex­am­ples of Bri­tish ex­cel­lence.

Red 10, the tenth car in the spe­cial col­lec­tion and named after the im­por­tant air safety and pub­lic com­men­tary role the tenth pi­lot plays in the dis­play team, has been do­nated by As­ton Martin Cam­bridge to be raf­fled to raise funds for the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund. The raf­fle has so far raised over £1m.

Plans are al­ready be­ing drawn up for an­other packed sea­son of AMOC events in 2018, in­clud­ing spring and au­tumn con­cours, trips to Le Mans for both the 24 Hours and the Clas­sic, and the usual full sea­son of As­ton Martin Club Rac­ing.

The year will get off to a cel­e­bra­tory start with the op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers to take part in the Lon­don New Year’s Day Pa­rade. As club sec­re­tary Marc Ay­lott says: ‘What bet­ter way to spend the first day of the year than to join the pa­rade, which will fea­ture a variety of mem­bers’ As­ton Martins, help­ing to cre­ate a great dis­play for spec­ta­tors lin­ing the streets as well as the mil­lions watch­ing on TV world­wide.’ For more de­tails or to ex­press an in­ter­est, email comps@amoc.org.

MEM­BER­SHIP of the club is from £99 a year (plus a £30 join­ing fee) and 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

Clockwise from above AMHT vol­un­teer Mike Thomp­son with Bo­con­noc owner El­iz­a­beth Fortes­cue in the Trust’s Ul­ster; pic­nics on the lawns; own­ers take de­liv­ery of Vanquish Red Ar­rows spe­cial edi­tions

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AMOC/AS­TON MARTIN/STEVEN HODGKISSON

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