…including the handover of nine Vanquish S ‘Red Arrows’ editions
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 email@example.com.
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