News & Events of the Aston Martin Owner's Club in N.S.W.

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» DID YOU HEAR JOHN SULLIVAN TALK ABOUT OUR CLUB IN A RADIO INTERVIEW?

John Sullivan, your Area Representative was interviewed on Saturday 8th February by Brendan Leggett Host for "Western Sydney's People of Interest" SWR FM 99.9

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» SO YOU'RE GOING TO ORGANISE AN EVENT

This document may be of help.

It's a basic checklist that should be applicable to most things that you would be likely to volunteer to organise.
In all cases, and when in doubt, apply liberal doses of common sense!

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» 40 YEARS OF AMOC NSW COMMEMORATIVE BADGE

AMOC NSW 40th Anniversary Commemorative BadgeCelebrating 40 years of AMOC NSW, we are marking the occasion with the commissioning of a, one off, '40 years of AMOC NSW' commemorative badge. The badges are approximately 90mm in width and made from hand cast alloy by Australia's leading motor vehicle badge manufacturer. The badge is designed to be mounted on the grill of your vehicle, to a window or simply displayed wherever you like. The badge run is limited to 50 units, orders are essential, so get your order in now to avoid disappointment.
LIMITED RUN OF 50 ONLY!!!

ORDER: Email your order to secretary@amocnsw.org.au
COST: $77.00 – (One '40 years of AMOC NSW' commemorative badge)
ORDER: Deadline Thursday 31st August 2017

For more information contact John Sullivan M: 0419712317 email: jsullivan@amocnsw.org.au
*AMOC members may order more than one badge, however orders are limited to a maximum of 2 badges per AMOC member.

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» SOAR AND ROAR FESTIVAL

Sunday 26th November, 2017

Aston Martin June Run Hope Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Special Olympics Australia Soar & Roar Festival is a full throttle ACCELEBRATION by, and for, the Special Olympics Athletes - powered by the motorsport community at Australia's home of high velocity excitement - Sydney Motorsport Park.

Last year at the inaugural Dream Ride, an event to raise money for The Special Olympics, the games for people with an intellectual disability, all too often the forgotten members of our society, our club, AMOC NSW, did an outstanding job by raising as much as all the other car clubs combined.

This year they have changed the name from Dream Ride to Soar and Roar, no doubt influenced by the sound of our Astons!

It wasn’t just about the money though, the opportunity to use our Astons to give the Special needs Olympic athletes an unforgettable experience, will live long in the memory.

After a very well catered for send-off from Luna Park we travelled in convoy to Sydney Motorsport Park where we joined the other car clubs and gave the Special Olympians rides around the track. This year we will be leaving from Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park and I believe we will be using the full circuit. The event will be even bigger and better this year.

The facilities and catering throughout the day will be first class and there will be plenty to see and do when you’re not in your Aston.

Aston Martin have been allocated 20 cars so here’s what you need to do if you and your Aston wish to participate on 26th NOVEMBER.

  1. Register your Aston on the Aston 'Soar and Roar' fundraising page, first 20 cars get to participate. https://www.mycause.com.au/page/153638/aston-martin
  2. Raise or get sponsored at the very least $100 per car. (Show the other clubs that AMOC NSW still have the biggest hearts.)
  3. On 26th NOVEMBER experience, a truly special event and give someone with an intellectual disability a memory that they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives.

Here is a link to the home page if you’d like more info.

http://www.specialolympics.com.au/soarandroar

Join the Aston Martin Team by giving a Dream Ride to a Special Olympic Athlete starting from the iconic Archibold Fountain in Hyde Park to Sydney Motorsport Park (Eastern Creek) where you will join over 150 prestigious cars in a Lap of Honour around the track.
The Soar & Roar Festival is an all day event held at Sydney Motorsport Park with music, live entertainment, food, sports demonstrations, car & bike displays. Bring your family to this Free Family Fun Community Day! In the afternoon, you will be bringing more smiles to people with an intellectual disability through Dream Rides around the track. You will be part of giving 500 people a Dream Ride!

How Can I Get Involved: Join the Aston Martin Team and help fundraise for Special Olympics Australia. In our fi rst year, we raised over $300,000 to help give more people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in weekly sports. The highest Aston Martin Team fundraiser will lead the Aston Martin Team from Hyde Park to Sydney Motorsport Park, with the highest overall fundraising team getting Pole Position to lead 180 cars for the Lap of Honour. The
highest fundraiser will be presented on stage with a SOAR & ROAR Trophy.

SNAP SHOT OF THE DAY:

  • Arrive at Hyde Park & meet athletes 6.30 AM
  • Presentation 7.30 AM
  • Depart Hyde Park 8.15 AM
  • Arrive Sydney Motorsport Park 9.00AM
  • Lap of Honour 9.30AM
  • Bikes arrive & Lap of Honour 10.30AM
  • Dream Rides begin until 5pm 12.00PM
    (Each car brand will be allocated a 1 hour slot)
    All car drivers & partners will have access to the Hospitality VIP Grid Club throughout the day

FEEL THE ROAR!!!!!! Registrations open 15 July at www.soarandroar.com.au

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» Concours D'Elegance

Sunday 29th October, 2017

Concours

 

It's time to get the cleaning cloths, polish, window cleaner and whatever else takes your fancy to get your pride and joy spic and span for the Club's Annual Concours D'Elegance. Whether you are a serious car preparer, or you are happy with a quick wash and chamois, come and join the fun. No one is playing for sheep stations and the day is more about having fun with your Aston.

DETAILS:

  • Information: Terry Daly 0418 675 253 or John Sullivan 0419 712 317
  • Where: From: Your place
                 To:The Daly Residence, 44 Cranston Road, Dural
  • Time: Meeting at: 09:30am
             Judging from:11:00am
              Lunch at: 12:30pm
  • Route: At your discretion. Don't drink and drive!
  • Parking: Parking as directed.
  • Cost: Carvery style buffet lunch with the usual Champagne and orange juice, beer, wine, tea, coffee, etc.
    Cost – Members $50.00, Non-members and guests $70.00 and Children under 12 half price.
  • RSVP: 23rd October CoB (Make cheque payable to 'AMOC NSW Inc' and return to PO Box 366 Drummoyne NSW 1470 Or EFT AMOC NSW Inc BSB: 082125 Acc No.: 331140403 Ref: '2910 your surname')
    Michelle Murphy - secretary@amocnsw.org.au
    M: 0418 243 033, W: 9181 3177

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» October Run to Concours Sportscar Restorations Tuggerah

Sunday 22nd October, 2017

Concours Sportscar Restorations Tuggerah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Brunch Run to view a magnificent display of Jaguars and Aston Martin's in various stages of Restorations. Concours Sportscar Restoration is a family owned Restoration Company based on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia, about 1 hour north of Sydney. Established in 1993, our team of specialists are dedicated to the highest possible quality of preservation and restoration of Britain’s finest marques, Jaguar and Aston Martin. We primarily restore Jaguar XK’s and E Type’s and we also build world-wide acclaimed replicas of Jaguar’s C Type, Lightweight E Type and Low Drag Coupe.
Please note there is a chocolate and Cheese Factory near our brunch shop. Numbers are limited so get in quick.

DETAILS:

  • Information: Terry Daly Mb: 0418 675 253
  • Where: From: McDonald's Pacific Highway Mt Colah.
                 To:Dunes Restaurant, 1193 Barrenjoey Rd Palm Beach, Ph: 02 9974 3332
  • Time: Meeting at: 09:00am
              On the road by:09:30am
              Due at destination: 12:00noon
  • Route: Going on an hour's drive via Calga and Yarramalong to the Wyong Milk Factory at 141 Alison Rd Wyong for Brunch at 10.30am. Then proceeding at 11.45am to Concours Sportscar Restorations at 3 Mildon Rd Tuggerah NSW (4k from the Milk Factory). Home via the M1
  • Parking: Plenty of parking
  • RSVP: 15th October
    Terry Daly- terry.daly@live.com.au

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» September Social Evening - Give it a Go!

Friday 29th September, 2017

Arthur Murray Dance School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

Join us for a night of fun with an introduction to social dancing. The Committee have been listening, especially to the Partners! Here is your opportunity to take your two left feet out and have a giggle! Food and drink will be supplied

DETAILS:

  • Information: Michelle Murphy: 0418 243 033 
  • Where: Arthur Murray Dance Studio , Unit 6/3 Salisbury Road, Castle Hill
  • Time: Starts at: 8:00pm
  • Cost: $20.00 per person
    AMOC Club Members - including finger food and drinks
    Payment to AMOC bank account to secure your place.
    BSB 082 125 A/C No: 33 114 0403 Ref: Name & F. Account Name: AMOC NSW
    Three course set menu plus side dishes and beverages.
  • RSVP & Payment: RSVP by COB 26th September 2017
    Michelle Murphy secretary@amocnsw.org.au

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» September Floriade Weekend Run

Weekend 23rd September, 2017

Aston Martin September Run to Floriade Canberra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The September run will be a weekend at Peppers Gallery Hotel, Canberra. For those who would like to join the run on Saturday, you could stay Friday night at Medlow Bath (your cost) or travel up the mountains and meet on Saturday morning. Exact meeting location TBA. Sunday will be the Floriade experience.

DETAILS:

  • Information: Gai Bristow: 0411 753 670
  • Where: From: Medlow Bath
                 To: Peppers Gallery Hotel, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra Ph: 6175 2222
  • Time: Meeting at: 10:00am Saturday
              On the road by:10:30am
              Due at destination: 3:00pm
  • Route: Details of the route will be provided at Medlow Bath. There will be a lunch stop.
  • Parking: Secure parking at $15.00 per night.
  • Cost: $215.00/night room only. Saturday night dinner is $240.00/couple.
    Rooms limited to 17. Total payment for one night plus dinner for two is $455.00. Get in quick!
    Payment to AMOC bank account to secure your place.
    BSB 082 125 A/C No: 33 114 0403 Ref: Name & F
    Three course set menu plus side dishes and beverages.
  • RSVP & Payment: RSVP by COB 20th August 2017 or until sold out.
    Michelle Murphy secretary@amocnsw.org.au

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» Kings School All British Day

Sunday 27th August, 2017

All British Day 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obliviously with Mike Burgess present in his beautiful DB11, one could only expect perfect weather and perfect weather is just what we had. After a cold start, the temperature hovered between 18 and 20 degrees all day with just a hint of wind.
A variety of cars were on display this year, the earliest being Michael Branson’s DB5, with the most recent Grant Montgomery’s DB11. In all, 28 Aston to fill our display area.
The show attracted over 1600 cars of just about every type of British car ever built. Unfortunately, there never seems to be enough time to see them all, talk to some of the owners and view all the car merchandise on offer. Terry Daly’s pick of the display was Dave Berthon’s newly restored 1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. This car was restored over a 15-year period and would rate as one of the best of its type in the world.
There were other pursuits on offer, a variety of merchandise stalls, art display, fun fair for the kids and high tea for the adults. Unfortunately, with the risk of an early afternoon storm with the possibility of hail, cars started to leave earlier than planned. Overall, the club presented a wonderful display of cars and it was a very pleasurable day.
Thanks to Terry Daly for organising. The organisation of this event takes all year, and Terry happily attends monthly meetings and arrives early on the day, and “picks up” after us, after we leave.

» August Lunch Run to One and Only Resort, Wolgan Valley

Sunday 20th August, 2017

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What a great run we had to Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley, which is why this run is so popular, and why it sold out in 5 days.

A beautiful sunny winters day greeted our 37 members, split between Astons (16) and the rest (3) met at our starting point, McDonalds Richmond. Following a quick coffee, and breakfast for some, we headed towards Lithgow via the Bells Line of Road.  Our 9:30 am start went much better than last year, with little traffic and no police presence.

Once we turned off the Castlereagh Highway on to Wolgan Road, the Astons came into their own The 29 klm stretch is winding and twisting of recently sealed road. Apart from the narrow section of road through the Escarpment, that drops to the Wolgan river and valley below, the road is essentially traffic free. Michelle got to practice her pace notes and predictive tree-line reading, whilst the V12 Vantage darted around the corners with ease then the V12 coming to life on the short straights.

Security met us at the car park where the Astons were parked in a separate area. We boarded the Iveco 4WD bus, the transport to the resort via the 4WD access road complete with creek crossing. Chris & Vicki Scheffer and Michelle and myself took a more sedate route with our Astons so they could be on display at the entrance of the resort, at the request of management.

In the main dining area, our luncheon tables faced a magnificent backdrop of the resort and the surrounding valley and its sandstone cliffs. The weather was magnificent, perfect blue sky albeit a little chilly. Champagne, wine and soft drinks were served whilst we milled around chatting and just taking in the atmosphere of the resort. A mini degustation lunch was served.

Following lunch members were given a tour of the resort bungalows and facilities. All were impressed. One lucky couple stayed the weekend.

» Christmas In July

Friday 21st July - Sunday 23rd July, 2017

Aston Martin June Run Hope Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 members braved the wintery Southern Highlands weather to celebrate the club’s annual Christmas in July.

The weekend began with dinner on Friday night at Craigieburn, our hotel for the weekend and venue for Saturday night. Fourteen early starters met for pre-dinner drinks and snacks. Lots of laughter and conversation. I thought we might have been asked to turn the volume down. On to dinner, where the raucous behaviour continued. It was obvious the weekend was off to a good start. Saturday was a free day, and most did their own thing, shopping in Bowral, a round of golf, visiting friends/relatives or just sightseeing. Pre-dinner drinks began at 6:00 and the conversation flowed. Seating was a little different this year, boys on one side of the table and girls on the other. This made for interesting conversation. Following mains, Caroline Foldes and Stuart McLean kindly volunteered to host our Kris Kringle.  As happened last year, sought-after gifts, moved around quite a few times. The eventual winners were disclosed on our Facebook page, so if you want to know who you will need to join. Just search AMOC NSW and ask to join. It was nice to see four new members, brave enough, to attend their first club event, and a weekend away as well – Geoff & Fiona Best and Mark & Alison Boyle. It was also great to see members who cut short their travels to attend this event. To conclude the weekend, Terry Daly put together a Sunday run via the back roads of the Southern Highlands finishing at Robertson for morning tea. Great roads that we will travel again.

The consensus was a great weekend and one to be repeated next year.

» AMOC NSW 2017 Annual Meeting

Thursday 20th July, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the best dinners of the year, and a chance to meet the new Dealer Principal at Trivett as well as welcoming our new members!

DETAILS:
Opening address by Cecilie Moseng, Dealer principal of Trivett Bespoke With guest speaker Rex Vincent, Ex-President the Rolls Royce Club
Members Tickets: $30 Non-Members Tickets: $60
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30pm
Location: Aston Martin Sydney Showroom, 75-85 O'Riodan Street, Alexandria
RSVP: Please RSVP by 16 July 2017 to mmurphy@amocnsw.org.au and please mention any dietary requirements

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» June Lunch Run to Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club

Sunday 28th June, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"A BAG OF TWISTIES BEFORE LUNCH"
This run will see us travel from Dural to Wisemans Ferry, and continuing along the North side of the Hawkesbury river. There are plenty of twists and turns to enjoy as the road winds its way between the river and the escarpment towards the Central Coast. Lunch will be served at Sublime Dining. Enjoy the panoramic views and watch people chasing little white balls with sticks. There is plenty of parking available outside the club. We will take over the elevated endof the sealed area car park. A choice of routes for your return to Sydney is available, depending on your preferences and schedule.

DETAILS:

  • Information: Andrew Duggan - 0414 266 244
  • Where: From: McDonald's Dural, Cnr New Line & Old Northern Rds, Dural
                 To: Sublime Dining @ Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club, 18 Hallards Rd, Central Mangrove NSW, 2250
  • Time: Meeting at: 08:45am
              On the road by:09:15am
              Due at destination: 11:45am
  • Route: Details of the route will be provided at McDonalds.
  • Parking: Reserved parking at destination.
  • Cost: $35.00 per head - Lunch, Dessert, tea and coffee are included.Drinks and Expresso are available for purchase.
  • RSVP & Payment: 13th June, 2017 payment to AMOC NSW Bank Account
    BSB 082 125 Account No 33 114 0403 – note: this is a new account
    Michelle Murphy - secretary@amocnsw.org.au
    M: 0418 243 033, W: 9181 3177
  • Warning: No actual Twisties will be provided as part of this event!!

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» May Brunch Run to Centennial Vineyards

Sunday 21st May, 2017

AMOC NSW Run to Centennial Vineyards

Last Sunday’s run was the best attended so far this year with 44 members, attending in a wide variety of Astons, old and new. The Committee would like to thank Paul Sampson for stepping up and arranging this run at short notice. It was fabulous to see the number of ladies attending this run and the Committee have taken note of how to attract our female members.

The morning was glorious, with sunshine and the treat of rain non-existent. Following coffee at McDonalds, Heathcote, the cars sprinted along the M1 towards Wollongong, turning right at Albion Park. We continued along the twisting and sometimes narrow and slippery Macquarie Pass. The pass was slow due to morning traffic, but once on Tourist Road, the Astons were able to unwind and some spirited driving was enjoyed. After a quick re-group at Glenquarry, we turned right onto Kangaloon Road, into Bowral and onto Centennial Winery.

The Astons were given pride of parking on the circular driveway, with photo opportunities were embraced by both members and visiting public. We were escorted into our own private dining room where a long table was set with white tablecloths and gleaming tableware. Following champagne, high tea was served, consisting of finger sandwiches, savoury pastries, scones and cakes. By the noise in the room, everyone had a good time. Michelle and I were the last to leave, and it was obvious that there was ample food or we were watching our waistlines, as there was quite a feast of scones left over.

After saying our good byes, some of us headed back into Bowral to do a little shopping.  Others not content on an easy drive home along the Hume Highway, headed back towards Macquarie Pass to have another go.

As a footnote, the Social Secretary is already looking at next year’s calendar to plan runs that will avoid School Holidays and long weekends

» Dream Ride Ball 2017

Friday 19th May, 2017

2017 Dream Ride Ball






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dream Ride organisation are hosting the inaugural Dream Ride Ball, on Friday, 19th May, 2017. As you may remember, our club was the highest fund raiser for the 2016 event.

Join Dream Ride Ambassadores Sandra Sully, Brendan Jones and Chris Smith for a fun filled evening of entertainment.

DETAILS:

  • Information: John Sullivan BH: 02 9181 3177 
  • Where: From: Maritime Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sydney
  • Time: at: 07:00pm
  • Includes: 3 course meal, beverage package, live acts tribute to the Rat Pack, Special Olympics Dance Group and dancing to the sounds of "Suit and Tie"
  • Dress Code: Black Tie (optional)
  • Cost: For those who wish to attend the ball, there are two options:
    1. Purchase individual tickets @ $300.00 per person;
    2. Be part of a table of 10 @ $275.00 per person.
  • RSVP: ASAP
    Michelle Murphy - secretary@amocnsw.org.au
    M: 0418 243 033, W: 9181 3177

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» North South Liason 11 2017 - Coastal Resort Weekend Getaway at Merimbula

Friday 28th April - Sunday 30th April, 2017

Merimbula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful beaches, sheltered waters and seafood feasts.

This year, our get together with our Victorian comrades will be the costal township of Merimbula. Members enjoyed last year’s event and I am sure this year will be even better.

Organisers of this run, Terry Daly and Paul Sampson, have proposed a run from Sydney to Merimbula on the Friday for those who are interested. Details of this run will follow.

For more information contact Terry Daly on 0418 675 253 or Paul Sampson 0407 023 007.

Could you reply to Michelle if you decide to participate, so we can keep a list of those attending.

DETAILS:

  • Getting there - Each state will make their own travel and "route" arrangements. All roads
    leading to Merimbula are enjoyable, Aston Martin "driver" roads.
  • Friday 28th - Welcome drinks & canapés /Dinner
  • Saturday 29th - Morning – Visit to Andy Baker's Oyster Farmer in Pambula. Andy is among the
    world's best producers of Sydney Rock Oysters and is arranging a very "special" experience for
    us. Short drive to Lunch. Return around 3.00pm. Dinner in Merimbula.
  • Sunday 30th - Breakfast. Activity TBA - Depending on numbers staying on Sunday
  • Accommodation - Coast Resort is able to accommodate us with around 20 rooms with quality
    comfort and facilities. From Friday 28th April with checkout on Monday 1st May. It is only a few
    minutes' walk to the beach or into town.
  • Breakfasts – BYO (all rooms have kitchens) or easy walk or drive to suitable places.
  • Car Parking - Secure undercover parking available for our cars.
  • Book Accommodation Directly via Website http://coastresort.com.au/
    Enter promotional code astonmartin and 28th April for special discount rates. Then scroll down
    to choose and book your room.
  • Coast Resort Merimbula 68/1 Elizabeth Street Merimbula NSW 2548 Australia
    (02) 6495 4930 info@coastresort.com.au
  • More details to follow.

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»April Sunday Lunch Run to The Historic Collits Inn

Sunday 23rd April, 2017

Collits Inn Trip 2017

What a great autumn day for a drive into the country! Unfortunately we only had a few members turn up for the run with new member Craig Walker driving up from Kiama just for the drive. Very easy Instructions were issued at MacDonald’s Windsor with the route going through Richmond, the Bell line of Road through Bell and onto Lithgow. At Lithgow a left turn before the Ford dealer and then another 9.5k of lonely country road to the Collits Inn. Unfortunately, some short phasing lights at North Richmond made the first part of the journey painful with a 4k traffic jam. However, once cleared the driving began but a little too enthusiastically for new member Steve who found himself on the wrong end of the law. Of interest, this particular policeman was hiding up a small alley on the overtaking lane going up Kurrajong Hill and talking to locals this is his regular hiding spot! And to make it worst for poor old Steve it was a double demit points weekend.
Collits Inn is located at the base of Mount York, the site of the original Blue Mountains crossing by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in 1813. The house itself was built in 1823 and is a timely unique property that remains the oldest set of buildings west of the Blue Mountains. It was extensively restored in 1998 to near original condition.
Our hosts for the day were owners Chris and Cheryl and due to the wonderful weather the lunch was held outside and what a great and plentiful lunch it was. If the weather had been inclement then we had the option of using the old barn with an open fire. Lunch started a bit late as we were waiting for Ken and Lorraine Martin to arrive in there DB7. No it hadn’t broken down, a simply navigational error by an unnamed person!
It turned out to a sensational day as the attached photos will attest with several people still at Collits Inn well after 300pm. It’s a pity AMOC didn’t get a strong roll up because it’s one of those locations that begs you to return and return I will as I now have this place top of my list as I organise a similar event for another car club.

Terry Daly

» Burrows Drive Day at Sydney Motor Sport Park

Wednesday 12th April

Burrows Drive Day

The second Burrows Drive Day, run by Luke O’Neill, will be held at Sydney Motor Sport Park on Wednesday, 12th April, 2017. This will be a special day as Trivett Aston Martin Sydney will be the sponsor. There will be AM merchandising, press & demo cars and needless to say, the new DB11 will be on display. I will also bringing the Vantage Rally GT.

The club has secured 5 New Drivers and 5 Intermediate spots (10 in total) at a cost of $495.00 each. You can also bring a guest to spectate and for lunch at an additional $50.00. Helmet hire is available at $20.00.

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» March Sunday Brunch Run to The [M]eatery, Wollongong

Sunday 19th March, 2017

Mooney Mooney ClubWelcome to the AMOC NSW March drive.
Meet at Sans Souci McDOnalds and enjoy a scenic drive through the Royal National Park and coastal road to Wollongong to relish a leisurely brunch overlooking the beach at The [M]eatery.

 

 

 

DETAILS:

  • Information: Greg Gibbons: 0419 222 208 or gregg88@bigpond.com
  • Where: From: McDonald's at Sans Souci - 494 Rocky Point Road.
                 To: The [M]eatery, 1 Marine Drive, Wollongong, NSW, 2500
  • Time: Meeting at: 07:00am
              On the road by:7:30am
              Due at lunch destination: 1:00pm
  • Route: Royal National Park through to Wollongong via Sea Cliff Bridge
  • Parking: Plenty of parking at destination.
  • Cost: $20.00 per head.
  • RSVP & Payment: by COB 15th March, 2017
    Michelle Murphy - secretary@amocnsw.org.au
    M: 0418 243 033, W: 9181 3177

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» March Dinner with a Difference - Whiteline Tarmac Rally Sprint

Thursday 16th March, 2017, 4- 10pm

White Line Tarmac Rally Sprint

Due to the success of our last meeting at Eastern Creek, we are doing it again this month. The members who attended enjoyed themselves and became totally involved. We also had far more attendees than we do at a normal meeting. Suggests to me that you are all Rev Heads at heart. Although the event starts at 4.00, best time to turn up is after 6.00 pm. An area within the pits will be cordoned off to display AMOC vehicles.

Rally Sprint Video filmed by Josh Gibbons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUN_YAtm2u0

View Photographs taken by Josh Gibbons of the Tesla Event held in February at:
https://goo.gl/photos/ebngemFwGjChaNxn9

» February Lunch Run

Sunday 26th February, 2017

Mooney Mooney Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our get together with Aston Martin and club enthusiasts on Sunday, 26th February was on a very overcast Sydney day. The group met at McDonalds Dural for a coffee and pre run briefing from Terry Daley. In spite of the weather there was a good roll up of cars: three Vantage Roadsters, three Vantage Coups, DB9 Volante, DB4 Volante, DB6, DB7, Ferrari F430, Mercedes, Porsche 911 and Porsche Cayenne.

The rain held off for the first part of the drive which ambled through the very picturesque semi-rural area of Northern Sydney, Kenthurst, Annangrove, Dural, Galston, and Arcadia before reaching Berowra Waters. Great driving roads through a lush green landscape with rolling hills and bushy outcrops.

After a big downpour just before our arrival at the Berowra Waters Ferry, the rain soon cleared for the Hawkesbury River crossing allowing Josh Gibbons to take some drone shots of the cars on the ferry. We climbed our way up to Berowra and the Old Pacific Highway with the unmistakable symphony of Astons exhaust notes echoing off the rock cliff face and drowning out the Ferrari.

Upon arrival at the club, we were well looked after by the staff and we enjoyed a good meal from the menu. The sun broke through in the afternoon and the group enjoyed chatting to friends before a leisurely departure and drive back to Sydney and the central coast.

Many thanks to Terry for organising the run.

Mooney Mooney Run video taken by Josh Gibbons can be viewed at:
https://goo.gl/photos/H4WcS6QodkFi65Po6

» February Dinner with a Difference - Whiteline Tarmac Rally Sprint

Thursday 16th February, 2017, 4- 10pm

White Line Tarmac Rally Sprint

On Thursday, 16th February, members (21) were entertained by a variety of vehicles at the Tarmac Rally Sprint, Sydney Motorsport Park. Cars ranged from early model Datsun’s, Escorts, modern vehicles such as Porsche GT3, HSV Coupe, 4WD Lancers and WRXs and of course our own Aston Martin Vantage Rally GT. Competitors were able to complete 5 runs on a 4klm  course that weaves around the car park and then up and down the drag strip to a flying finish.

Competition started at 6:00pm, and soon it was obvious that being a dry night, previous event times were soon slashed. 4WD cars certainly had an advantage over RWD cars but the aim was to place well in your class.

Michelle and I competed in the Vantage Rally GT and our times were a vast improvement on the previous event, and the Aston was proving to be very competitive achieving 7th overall in its class. Members enjoyed spectating, viewing the vast variety of cars and just being involved.

» January Breakfast Run to Grey Gums Café, Putty

Sunday 22nd January, 2017

Putty Run January 2017

First run for 2017 and first outing for a DB11 with AMOC.

Another beautiful day! Given the recent high temperatures we have experienced, the bushfires and then the rain, it was a pleasure to have temperate weather conditions. Our group included a DB4, DB6, V8 Vantage Volante, DB7, Vanquish, Vantage Roadster, DB9, DB11 and a XKR Jag. Unfortunately Paul Skavaas’ DBS V8 was a non-starter, suffering from battery/coil issues.

Some ring-ins! Richard Savage, a UK member on holidays in Australia was missing his DB9. Richard joined Arne, in his lovely Volcano Red DB9. It was also good to see future generation of Aston owners accompanied by their Grandparents.

Following coffee we covered the twisty 45klms in good time, to our first stop, the ferry crossing connecting Sackville to Sackville North. The 290mtr ferry crossing has been operating since the 1870s and takes about three minutes. A re-group followed, providing time to inspect the new DB 11, kindly on loan from Trivett Aston Martin. The second 79klm leg, mostly along the Putty Road, was a terrific run, police and Sunday drivers free, giving us the chance to stretch the Astons’ legs, and burn of some off the excess from the festive season.

At the Grey Gum Café, (the name says it all – 14 metre gum trees surrounding a quaint café, frequented by car and bike clubs alike) more fawning over the DB 11, photos, breakfast and more coffee.  For some it was a catch-up after the Nationals, and others discussed what we got up to over Christmas and the New Year.

Our return trip was on much the same route, but via the historic town of Windsor. All in all, a tried and tested run that is popular with members.

» December Breakfast Run to Palm Beach

Sunday 11th December, 2016

AMOC NSW December Run to Palm Beach 2016The Sunday Christmas run was again popular, with 37 members and guests attending. Beautiful weather, on a summer morning!  The Blues Point start had takeaway coffee as the number one priority. Photos and then we headed north to the Paradise Café, Palm Beach.

During breakfast we presented Vivienne Macmahon her trophy as a Concours winner. A number of members decided to stay on, and tour the Sunday markets and a stroll along the beach.

The photo above – very Aussie. Astons at a beach café, palm trees in the background and vegemite on toast!

» Dream Ride

Sunday 4th December, 2016

Dream Ride to Luna Park

What a humbling event!
The smiles, hugs and general feeling of joy were not limited to the special athletes and other special needs individuals. There were tears in the eyes of many AMOC members who participated. To say that we live charmed lives, is an understatement, but to watch these special individuals, really makes you think about what is necessary in life.
The first Dream Ride promotion in Australia took place on the 4th December, 2016. The club fielded 20 Astons, accompanied by 3 Trivett Astons, including the new DB11.
The aim of the Dream Ride is to raise funds for the Special Olympics Australia, an organisation that has for the past 40 years, brought people with intellectually disabilities, together with passionate volunteers to participate in weekly sports training, regular competition, fun and friendship. There was no competition on Sunday but we had buckets of fun and made new friends.
Our day started early, arriving at Luna Park at 6:00am. Team Aston Martin windscreen banners were applied to each car. We were introduced to our special athletes that would accompany us to Sydney Motorsport Park. Breakfast and speeches, our police escort and 23 Astons were waved off by local well-wishers. Our route was M1, M2 and M7 to Sydney Motorsport Park. Lots of waving, tooting horns and videoing. We arrived for the parade lap around the circuit. By this time, the day had started to warm up, and temperatures were heading north of 30c.
Aston Martin was awarded the lap of honour, for raising the most funds of all the five marques. (Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mustang and Morgan were our comrades). The goal was to raise $50,000 in Total.
As of 9th December, Team Aston Martin raised a total of $41,609.90. A fabulous achievement, but more importantly, the smiles, hugs and thankyous we received were overwhelming.
Later in the day, laps on the south circuit were provided for more athletes. The participants in the rides were wide and varied, all with big smiles on those faces and no complaints. The rousing cry was – go faster!
Most of us then retired to the VIP lounge overlooking the main straight. After lunch, each driver awarded a participation medal to their morning athlete, followed by more speeches.
There were a number of other activities and exhibits to see as part of the Motorworld festival over the weekend.
Michelle and I bumped into Ron Goodman, owner of Exclusive Body Werks, the approved Aston Martin repairer. Ron was exhibiting his many Porches and also providing track rides in his recently purchased 914/6 Porsche. Ron offered to donate, to the Aston Martin Dream Ride Team, on the proviso that either Michelle or myself came for a ride in the 914/6. I gladly put my hand up, and all I can say is what fun it was – the little 914 is like a go-kart, and Ron’s skill behind the wheel was amazing.
Paul Sampson’s Vanquish suffered from started motor and or battery problems during the day, but a push from a number of us, and Paul’s new knowledge on how to clutch start his Vanquish got him going again.
My thanks to Warren Brown and Michelle for their efforts in organising the Dream Ride 2016. A number of members who have participated this year have already put their names down for 2017. I am sure there will be fierce competition for places next year.
A poignant moment to be reflected on – watching a physically disabled volunteer assist a special needs individual. A reminder that we can all give more.
I am proud to be President and Area Rep of a club that has a heart.

» November Lunch Run to the Historic Robertson Hotel

Sunday 20th November, 2016

Robertson Run November 2016What a great run organised by Lisa and Paul Sampson. Beautiful morning, great driving roads around the Southern Highlands, amazing venue, great food and of course a great bunch of people.

Our group left McDonalds shortly after 10:00am, travelling down the M31 before exiting onto the Old Hume Hwy and taking the scenic Range and Kangaloon Roads. No morning traffic to worry about and the back roads were virtually traffic free. You might think that Range and Kangaloon roads were made for Aston Martin, as the twisty and sometimes narrow road sections were handled with ease.

We arrived at the Robertson Hotel just before noon, where we were met by fellow club members Donald Brown, Lance & Adele Brazier and Phil White and his friend Robyn. The Robertson Hotel (formally the Ranelagh Hotel and Fountaindale Grand Manor) was built in 1924.  As well as being voted “the most luxurious hotel in the Commonwealth” in 1925, the hotel has been a WRAAF Base in WWII, a hospice for returning pilots, a Franciscan friary and seminary, a school for monks, part of the Greek Orthodox Church and finally a hotel once again in 1968. The liquor licence returned in 2007 after being sold off in 1927 and the hotel had its own railway platform, still used on Sundays, dubbed the Cockatoo Run (3801).

Members headed for the bar and then explored the hotel and surrounding gardens before lunch was served. A typical Sunday roast in the front garden, a picture perfect setting. Following lunch, members again explored the hotel and gardens. Lotty Bellamy, the manager of the Robertson, kindly gave us a tour of the hotel providing commentary on its history. Finally, around three we said our goodbyes and we each headed home.

Thank you to Lisa and Paul for arranging the run and selection of the venue. A very memorable day out.

» Gala Presentation Dinner at the Owner's Pavillion Royal Randwick

Saturday 12th November, 2016

AMOC NSW Gala Presentation DinnerWhat a great night! A great bunch of folks, a fabulous venue, and the service, food and wine superb.

The evening started with pre-dinner drinks and canapés accompanying a great deal of chatting by the 50 members, new and old, and special guests. A very quick welcome speech by yours truly was accompanied by the entrée. In the background, a media experience, a variety of photos compiled over the last twelve months and music put together by Josh Gibbons.

Karen Haga and her assistant, Niger Waller, the 2015 quiz winner, then supervised their 2016 quiz. New members may not know, but as well as winning the perpetual quiz trophy, you receive the honour of setting the following year’s quiz. Karen put together a variety of Aston Martin related questions combined with music scores from movies, new and old which presented their own challenges. Answers to questions were on sale, and the cagy Louise Waterhouse (previous quiz winner) availed herself of this offer and bought a swag. I marked Louise’s answers and she really didn’t need to buy, as she romped home, past the post in 1st Place, three lengths ahead of second! Well done Louise. We all look forward to next year’s quiz.

After mains, Concours trophies and the three Perpetual Trophies were awarded:

•           Clubman of the Year for her tireless efforts for the club  – Michelle Murphy
•           Allan Puckett Perpetual Award for motorsport – Warren Brown
•           Tom Kornhaber Perpetual Award for his promotion of the marque – John Sullivan

Warren joined me to auction of the various items that members donated. Some spirited bidding occurred, helped by Brad Dowe’s running commentary on the tool sets available. The end result was approximately $3,000.00 raised for the Special Olympics that the club is supporting on Sunday, 4th December.

Following desserts, we were entertained by singer, Brian Lorenz. Brian, all of five foot nothing, belted out a voice, that was simple amazing. Brian entertained us with a variety of songs, from Michael Buble´ to Conti Partiro. Judging by the applause he was certainly a hit, and hopefully, we can entice him back again.

Finally, the raffle was drawn. Trivett Aston Martin kindly donated lunch at Jonah’s Restaurant, Palm Beach, including chauffeur driven transfers in a Rolls Royce. From the discussion that I had during and after the event, everyone had a great time and are looking forward to next year. Once again, a great event organised by Michelle and her helpers. Let’s hope 2017 is as good if not better than 2016. Michelle, I know you have already started planning.

Ideas for next year’s venue are welcome.

» October Lunch Run to Wombat Crossing Winery

Sunday 23rd October, 2016

Wombat Crossing Winery

Nine Astons gathered at McDonalds Mt Colah preparing for the run up to the Hunter Valley. The local constabulary were inforce, to remind us to take it easy. After exiting the M1 we travelled along Tourist Drive 33, a very scenic route. Unfortunately, there were a number of Sunday drivers doing the same, which meant, any spirited driving, was curtailed for most of the journey.

After what seemed a lifetime, our 9 Astons finally crossed the wombats' favourite creek, joining the 3 Astons that came from other directions.  The cars looked magnificent with a background of water, grass and Wombat Crossing vines, in the morning sun. Ian Napier, the owner, gave us a very interesting discourse on what is involved in growing grapes and making wine - including a truthful account of the work involved, the risks of bad weather, disease and of course, the pride that comes from success. 13 years after leaving his previous professional career, it’s clear he has no regrets!

Lunch was provided by the latest arrival to the Hunter restaurant scene - Bistro Artisan, who had very recently opened their doors a little further up Hermitage Road.

After sampling a few of the Wombat wines, members took the opportunity to stroll around the lovely grounds and discover the sculpture collection that Ian and Trish are steadily building. Their latest addition being a herd of lifelike (metal) kangaroos we had to drive through as we left.

I am sure the club would highly recommend this boutique winery to all, including their accommodation which makes enjoying a drink much easier.

» Concours D’ Elegance

Sunday 18th September, 2016

AMOC NSW Concours D'Elegance 2016

Not so perfect was yesterday’s weather for the Annual Concours. Rain and more rain reduced our field of cars to 20, forcing our judges (Arne Schimmelfeder, Phil Westbrook and Geoff Scott) to improvise and adapt the categories and awards.

The presentation of vehicles was of a high standard making judging that more difficult. Even so, there were clear winners in each category and also the People’s Choice. Results will be published on the website and at the Gala Dinner.

Robyn and Terry Daly again, opened their beautiful home to the club and we thank them for their generous support and hospitality.