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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» Christmas in July at Peppers Manor House in the Southern Highlands

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd July, 2018

Christmas In July

 

Please join us at Peppers Manor House Southern Highlands for a weekend of festivities.

The weekend will include:

  • A Festive Dinner on Saturday evening
  • Saturday activities (details to be supplied)
  • A relaxing Sunday drive with lunch at a local restaurant before you return to Sydney
  • Or that additional night of indulgence.

This event will give members the opportunity to get to know each other m ina relaxed and informal envirnoment. There are plenty of things to do in Bowral, Southern Highlands - food and wine tasting, shopping in Bowral, Ghost Tours (Berrima), walking tracks in Morton National Park, Golf, Moss Vale Farmers and Flea Market, Southern Highlands Miniature Railway (Moss Vale) and the Berrima Schoolyard Markets as a start!

Members can attend the dinner and not book accommodation.

DETAILS:

  • Where: Peppers Manor House Southern Highlands
  • Date: Friday 20th July till Sunday 22nd July
  • Cost: To reserve your dinner reservation please deposit $120.00 each. Payment to AMOC bank account to secure your place.
    BSB 082 125 A/C No: 33 114 0403 Ref: Name & NSL
  • RSVP & Payment: Accommodation is available from Friday to Monday. Double room rate is $320 inclusive of breakfast. To book accommodation deposit funds to the AMOC Bank Account above and quote your surname before June 25 2018. There are only 20 rooms secured, so get organised early.
  • Further details will be released closer to the event
    Michelle Murphy - secretary@amocnsw.org.au
    M: 0418 243 033, W: 9181 3177

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» Night at the Speakeasy 'Rhapsody in Blue'

Saturday 30th June, 2018

Night at the Speakeasy













Hear George Gershwin "live" with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 'Rhaposody in Blue' at the Sydney Opera House! Knock three times and tell the George sent you! Enter the shady world of the 1920's speakeasy for an evening of moonshine and martinis in a transformed concert hall.

Witness a ghostly George Gershwin performing "live" with the full orchestra, playing 'Rhapsody in Blue' courtesy of piano roll technology. Guy Noble will set the mood with the sounds of the Foxtrot, Charleston and Tango. Also on the menu, hits of the era, including 'I Got Rhythm', ' Someone to Watch Over Me', 'Embraceable you' and Cab Calloway's 'Minnie the Moocher'.

So don't mooch about! If you know your onions, you'll want to get in early for the sassiest night of the year.

DETAILS:

  • Information: Terry Daly: 0418 675 253
  • Where: Sydney Opera House
  • Time: 08:00pm   
  • Cost: A Reserve Tickets $106.00each. Payment to AMOC bank account to secure your place.
    BSB 082 125 A/C No: 33 114 0403 Ref: Name & NSL
  • RSVP & Payment: RSVP and payment: Wednesday 16th May, 2018 No Rainchecks.
    Michelle Murphy - secretary@amocnsw.org.au
    M: 0418 243 033, W: 9181 3177

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» Lunch at Collits' Inn

Sunday 24th June, 2018

Collits Inn

A great winter lunch run to the very picturesque Hartley Vale. Leaving from the Village Kitchen at
Kurrajong, we will travel along the Old Bells Line of Road. Historic Collits Inn, built in 1823, will be our
destination. It is unique and remains as the oldest standing set of buildings west of the Blue Mountains.
Time to get organised with the winter woollies - Great food in front of a Roaring Fire!

DETAILS:

  • Information:Terry Daly 0418 675 253 or terry.daly@live.com.au
  • Meet At: From: The Village Kitchen Kurrajong, 83 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong
  • Time: On the road by 10.45 a.m.
  • Destination: Collits' Inn, 101 Hartley Vale Road, Hartley Vale
  • Additional Information: We are going with the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club.
    Spaces are limited so please get in quickly to avoid disappointment.
    Driving instructions will be given out on the morning at Kurrajong.
    A cash bar will be available on the day for the purchase of drinks.
  • Parking: Plenty available at destination
  • Cost: Formal lunch with dessert $45/head. $55 non-member
    Funds to AMOC NSW BSB 082 125 Ac 33 114 0403 Ref Name & Collits
  • RSVP: Wednesday 20th June, 2018 Michelle Murphy
  • Contact: Email- secretary@amocnsw.org.au M: 0418 243 033

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» Dinner Meeting - Liqui Moly Presentation

Thursday 21st June, 2018

June 2018 Meeting

Oils ain't oils so join us for dinner, then a light-hearted and informative evening at MotorActive learning about oils, caring for your car and the Liqui Moly brand. At the conclusion to the presentation the showroom will be opened so that members can purchase both Liqui Moly and Meguiars products at a 20% discount.
We look forward to seeing you there!

DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday 21st June, 2018
  • Time: 6.30pm dinner at Danny's Cafe (adjacent to MotorActive) sponsored by our club.
    7.30pm information evening meeting at MotorActive.
  • What: Dinner and information session learning about oils and Liqui Moly products. There is ample parking available.
  • Where: MotorActive
    Unit 35, Slough Business Park
    Holker Street
    Silverwater NSW 2128
  • RSVP: Tuesday 19th June, 2018 Michelle Murphy to allow for catering
  • Contact: Email- secretary@amocnsw.org.au M: 0418 243 033

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» Hunter Valley Lunch

Sunday 20th May, 2018

May Run to the Hunter Valley

To Celebrate National Motoring Heritage Day, we went on a leisurely run up to wine country. Many thanks to Craig Moy for organising this spectacular event.

22 members embarked on an Autumn drive, many braving the cold to embrace the morning air with tops down for the 100 odd Km’s to the Hunter. We left from the old favourite, McDonalds Mt Colah initially on the M1 but soon on to the winding roads of Route 33 through to Wollombi before cutting back through Cessnock and on to our first port of call, Lake’s Folly Winery.

Most of their wine goes to collectors around the world and it is rare to be at the cellar door with stock available. Lake’s Folly is rated the most collectable red and white wine in Australia, quite an achievement given Penfold’s Grange and Henschke’s Hill of Grace are world famous. Fortunately for AMOC NSW our timing was perfect. Manager Sandra and the chief wine maker Rod Kempe, arranged a tour of the facility so we could better understand  how they make their wine. The entire process is done by hand. See their Facebook page for details of the AMOC visit.

www.facebook.com/lakesfollyvineyard/

After a generous tasting and some boxes filled with take-outs we were off to our lunch spot. Therese and Les Kramer at Emma’s cottage Winery (one of the 7 locations for the Lovedale Long Lunch) had prepared an Aston Martin only (Ok shared with one Honda NSX) parking area, with our own security guard. In addition, one of the local photographers (Simon Mitrovich) also a car buff came along to take pictures. We hope to make these available shortly. His website is listed below.

www.ntphotos.com.au/

Lunch was entertaining to say the least, with AMOC unknowingly joining an up-market B&S bush dance party (well into its second day), with dancing and a variety of people in various states of dress, fancy and otherwise. Including the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds!

A fun time was had by all and the venues are willing to welcome us back next year.

May Run to the Hunter Valley

» Auto Salon d'Elegance - Judging Concour & Monthly Meeting

Thursday 19th April, 2018

Auto Salon d'Elegance

Date: Thursday, 19 April 2018
Time: 6:00 pm for 7:30 pm start.
Address: 32 Percy Street Auburn Ph: 9649 3000 M: 0412 022 220
Refreshments: Snacks/Finger Food/ Coffee & Tea Provided
All AMOC NSW Club Members and friends are invited to attend the next club meeting at Spa Auto Salon d'Elegance.
Club member and International Pebble Beach Concour Judge, Sam Movizio will provide guidance on the judging methodology used by AMOC NSW and preparing your car to be a Concours winner. Also learn about seats, trims, waxes and polishes.

Be an expert at brush touching those nasty scratches and chips.
We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP: RSVP no later than 5:00 pm Tuesday 17 April 2018
Email- secretary@amocnsw.org.au M: 0418 243 033

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» North South Liaison - Beechworth Weekend

Weekend 13-15th April, 2018

North South Liaison Beachworth

















The North/South Liaison began with a leisurely lunch at the Long Track Pantry, Old Hume Highway, Jugiong, a three-hour drive south of Sydney. The further three-hour drive to the Carriage Motor Inn. Beechworth wasn't boring with plenty of highway patrol officers on hand to ensure that 110 kph speed limit wasn't exceeded.

On arrival, we were greeted with a carpark full of Astons as AMOC had exclusive use of the 27-room motel. The motel was in the perfect position to walk to just about everything in Beechworth. Happy hour by the pool at 5:30 pm. By then, the car park was overflowing with 27 Astons. Dinner was 30 metres up the road at the Hibernian Hotel with the 1 kg rump steak the pick of the menu. Afterwards, several members went for a night stroll through Beechworth admiring the many well-lit historical buildings whilst others adjourned to the Historic Press Club for that all-important nightcap!

After Saturday breakfast, it was time to admire the Astons so ably parked and displayed behind the court house by Phil White - a fan type arrangement for a photo shoot. There were 27 highly polished Astons - three DB5s (one from NSW and two from Vic) a DB6, several varieties of the early AMV8s /DBS', a number of DB7s/ DB9s, V8 and V12 Vantages, two Vanquishes and a new black DB11. WIN NEWS arrived and filmed the Astons for the local TV station.

The Beechworth Court was in session for the trial of Ned Kelly. A talk by the museum guide (a Ned Kelly look alike) gave background on the developments of the Beechworth historic precinct. The court house had still been in use until 1989, with minimal modifications, some 131 years of active service. To aid our understanding of Ned's trial, a re-enactment was performed by several AMOC members.

Lunch was at the Red Stag Restaurant in Eurobin. The route took us through beautiful farming valleys in Myrtleford and on to Eurobin. The rain, which had been threatening, arrived as a downpour. It continued to rain heavily during our lunch hiding what was otherwise a stunning view. Grace, the proprietor, gave us an entertaining and enlightening talk about the origins of the restaurant, associated businesses, farming activities and local life, told with wry humour.

After lunch, the run continued to Bright, Mt Beauty, and Yackandandah. The rain had eased in time for happy hour at the motel, providing an excellent opportunity to talk about the day's activities before boarding the bus taking us to dinner at Amulet Vineyard, approximately 20 minutes' drive. The three-course meal and matching wines were superb. The noise level in the room indicated that there was much conviviality amongst the members present. Jim and Angela Tweddle, from WA, gave a talk on the upcoming Aston Martin Nationals. Before we knew it, the bus had returned to take us back to the motel, with some members eager to revisit the Press Club or the local Hotel for a nightcap.

Sunday was a free day. Some members started with an early morning walk around Beechworth, and then on to various places of interest such as the Burke Museum, the Dredge at Eldorado, the Yackandandah Sunday markets or driving to the many surrounding country towns. Happy hour again, to hear what everyone did that day, on what was a very overcast and somewhat gloomy Sunday. The variety of what people did was amazing. Most also took the opportunity to formalise their dinner arrangements with many heading to the beer/pizza bar in the main street. Others revisited the Ox and Hound and the Press Club for that farewell drink or two!

On Monday morning, the first of the Astons to fire up was just on 07:00 am and without looking out the window it was clearly an AMV8. Shortly after, the wonderful sound of a V12 could be heard heading up to the town square. Many stayed and had breakfast in town whilst others headed home by various routes.

Terry Daly

» Mini Shed Tour to Bowral

Sunday 25th March, 2018

Bowral Shed Tour

A wonderful day driving around the roads of the Southern Highlands

Whilst the Aston Martin Red Bull F1 cars were roaring around Albert Park in gloomy Melbourne weather, AMOC NSW and TSCC cars leisurely enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and great driving roads of the Southern Highlands. Throw in the specular views and you couldn’t find a better way to spend a Sunday.
Members met at the truck stop at Pheasants Nest whilst the remaining members joined us at the first stop, Kangaloon. The array of cars varied from a 1965 Ford Cortina GT500 (a car especially built by Ford for the Bathurst 1000) up to the very latest 77 Special Ford Mustang. (Built by Ford Performance Racing to celebrate the one/two victory by Ford in the 1977 Bathurst 1000). Between these we had many variants of Aston Martin, including the increasing rare DB6, a McLaren 650S, several Jaguars, the odd Ferrari, and one of just about any worthwhile car ever made. A fabulous array of Club member’s cars! The price of admission to this car show (and sausage sizzle) was donated to the Westmead Children’s Hospital.

The journey began via the expressway and the picturesque Range Road at Mittagong to our first stop, Rod’s shed at Kangaloon. This “humble” shed rests on 120 acres of magnificent countryside, with 360-degree views to die for! The gardens were simply stunning and photographic opportunities were endless. Did I forget something! Yes, the car collection!

The feature car was a 1963 Ferrari Lusso 250GT (Micron Manufacturing created a special 250GT bottle opener for all the members and the owner) which was parked next to another four Ferraris, the owners favourite being the very latest 488GTB. A Bentley, a rare Rolls Royce, a Porsche GT3RS and a stunning black/silver 1930’s Hispano-Suiza completed the collection. Sorry missed one, a burnt-out shell of what was once a restored sixties Bentley convertible. A very sad tale of how this happened was explained by Rod.

Barry Farr (TSCC President and Book Author) thanked Rod and presented him with an autographed book on the history of early Ferrari’s in Australia. The next hour was spent admiring either the collection, the guesthouse, the gardens or the beautiful view.

The next stop was just over 30 kilometres away. Once again the journey was by way of some very scenic back roads of the Southern Highlands to Miles’s two sheds near Bundanoon. These sheds were in complete contrast to the previous shed being more country barns, than sheds, but it is what they contained that captured the imagination of the members.

The first shed contained about six Minis of various configurations including two Cooper S’s, as well as five (I think) 1950’s Nash’s plus other assortments. Roger and Tess Morgan had arrived early to give Miles a hand cooking hundreds of sausages for the hungry crowd. The Jones’s and Reynold’s were also on hand to assist.

The second shed, the larger of the two, was full of another 30 odd cars of many varieties. I noticed three Bentley’s, a Rolls Royce under restoration , two Thunderbird’s also under restoration, a silver 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible, a pink Cadillac , a black 1955 Cadillac, a double decker bus , a few planes under restoration, in fact , just about everything in this barn was under restoration . As one member said, “about 200 years work!”.

I and many others simply loved the collection and the way it was presented. It was a little like the Barn Find TV shows, but in real-time with a picnic being served in the background.
John Sullivan (AMOC NSW Area Rep) presented Miles with the early Ferrari booked and thanked him for his hospitality.

Unfortunately, for some of the males (or should I be politically correct and say Gender Neutral) the fun didn’t finish there with many of the women (I again repeat and should I again say Gender Neutral) wanting to visit the many beautiful boutiques of Bowral and relieve their partners (I believe I have this politically correct) of their hard earned money.

Several members elected to stay in Mittagong over night at the historic Fitzroy Inn (Circa 1836), to watch the Australian GP and to enjoy a few drinks with dinner at the Bank Restaurant. A funny night was had by all.

Footnote: The owner of the Fitzroy Inn is a member of CAMS and a car nut so the best of attention is assured for any car enthusiast who may wish to stay.

» March Lunch Run to Little Hartley

Sunday 18th March, 2018

Maple Springs Nursery


This is a run with a difference. Leaving McDonalds, we will travel along the Bells Line of Road towards Dargan. From there we will make our way torwards Little Hartley, via some very interesting back roads. Our first stop will be at Maple Springs Nursery to view the extensive range of Japanese Maples. Conifers and Shrubs. There are many gardens on show including ponds, waterfalls, rockeries and handmade bridges and islands. all constructed to showcase the Maple varieties. Following our garden tour, we will lunch at Liz Kornhaber and Geoff Scott's home next door. Please bring picnic chairs and a table.

DETAILS:

  • Information: Liz Kornhaber: 0413 818 767
  • Where: From: Meet at McDonalds McGrath Hill, Cnr Windsor Rd and Groves Ave, Windsor
                 To: The Maple Springs Nursery, 99 Banners Lane, Little Hartley PH: 02 6355 2140
  • Time: Meeting at: 08:30am
              On the road by:09:00am
              At destination by:12:30pm
  • Route: Details of route will be provided at McDonalds.
  • Parking: Plenty of parking is available at the destination
  • Cost: $40 per head - includes morning tea and lunch
  • RSVP and payment : by 13th March, 2018 payment to AMOC NSW Bank Account BSB 082-125 Account No 33-114-0403
  • Contact Michelle Murphy: Email- secretary@amocnsw.org.au M: 0418 243 033

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» WHITELINE TARMAC RALLY SPRINT

Thursday 15th March, 2018

Rally Sprint

    The March Dinner Meeting will be at Sydney Motor Sport Park.

    Watch Round 5 of the Whiteline Tarmac Rally Sprint to be held at the Sydney International Dragway from 4-10pm and run by the North Shore Sporting Car Club.

    An area within the pits will be cordoned off to display AMOC vehicles.
    Please see the flyer attached.

    RSVP to secretary@amocnsw.org.au by 12 March 2017 to allow planning for Catering and parking.

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» Shed Tour

Saturday 6th March, 2018

Shed Tour No 1 2018

Six Sheds in Six Hours or
Were there seven sheds? - that seventh shed being the fabulous display of cars that formed the cavalcade that drove between the other six sheds? Members cars included several variants of Aston Martin the rarest being the DB4C, pursued by a DB6, as well as many of the latter variety of DB9s, Virage, V8 Vantages etc. Also in the mix was a beautiful orange McLaren MP12C, a Morgan 4/4, several Jaguars, Mustangs galore, and Rick Johnson’s Fair lane 500 from the sixties. A total of over seventy cars in all.
Members from both the Aston Martin Owners Club and the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club had to pre book to receive their route instruction for the day with the first shed visit starting at 0730 am in Artarmon
Shed 1
This was the shed featured in the flyer but looks can be deceiving because inside this shed of Phil’s (or should I say Man Cave) was a range of beautiful cars ranging from Phil’s original MGA right through to the latest Morgan Aero. A DB9 Volante was hidden between a few other treasures. I personally loved the Parnelli Jones Mustang from the 2000’s. Phil gave a brief commentary on the collection and talked about his recent visit to the McLaren factory and his order for the latest racing simulator. Phil made the big mistake of inviting us all back once his simulator has arrived. Phil just made 100 new friends and a big thanks to Phil for opening his shed and providing much needed coffee.
Shed 2
A drive of just over 25k landed us in the Hills District on Sydney’s outer North West for another visit to John’s shed of mainly Mustang’s and Ferrari’s. We last visited John’s shed just over three years ago and we found a few changes. In the Mustang range we noted a new 2017 Mustang of which John spoke very highly of as well as an Elanora Mustang featured in the film “Gone in 60 seconds”. Boss 302’s were a feature as well as a 1966 Hertz V8 convertible. John also pointed out a few carts stored in the corner that represented a Mormon Church retrace of a New York to Utah challenge. Terry than wished John a happy 74th birthday before the assembled crowd and John then asked all to move to his Ferrari shed. Here we found a green 458, an unusual blue 430, and photos of the missing Lamborghini orange 575 which was in having a wheel bearing repair. Another Mustang, a rare green BMW, and a green HSV were also present. John made mention of his like for green coloured cars.  Both sheds contained some brilliant cars but time was against us so we had to move to
Shed 3
Rolls Royce was the feature marque at this shed with a well driven but pristine RR Silver Ghost the highlight. Rex started this RR Ghost and everyone was simply amazed as to how quite it was and how low the rev range was at idle (300 rpm was talked about). Rex and his wife Norah travelled over 9000k in this car last year. Not bad for an old car! Parked next to this Rolls was 80’s RR convertible in beautiful deep blue with a white interior and next to it was another 1930’s RR that being a 20/25. The two tone colour scheme of red and silver really suited the car. The final car was Rex’s Morgan 4/4 (Rex’s other Morgan was in the paint shop as part of a complete restoration that Rex is doing himself). We were all then treated to a lovely morning tea courtesy of Rex’s wife Norah. Homemade scones, jam, cream, party pies were all consumed in rapid fashion and we then finally got to see Rex’s now empty but very clean shed. Rex and Norah had taken the opportunity to do a spring clean in preparation for our visit. A big thanks to Norah for hosting over 100 complete strangers!
Shed 4
A short drive through some narrow bush roads had us arrive at the John E’s shed with plenty of parking in wooded surrounds. Two Jaguar XK140’s were my pick of the John’s cars. One was a red convertible, the other a green FHC. Another Jaguar present was an XJC coupe from the seventies. These cars were just so good looking for their time and John’s car with its wire wheels and white wall tyres really stands out. Other cars included a Bentley, a pair of MX5 Mazda’s, an MG and a partly restored Karman Ghia, John’s current labour of love. The party then had a beautiful 20k drive though Nelson, then onto Boundary rd., Cattai Ridge rd. through to the destination of
Shed 5
Ex-Military Vehicles. Well what a surprise this was for the membership. Todd had arranged for many of the vehicles to be in the paddock outside the shed so that members could hop in an out of any of them. For once we didn’t have to worry about those belt buckles. Todd fired up one of the tanks and took it for a few laps of the paddock and this was soon followed by a troop carrier containing many members. Unfortunately, the writer wasn’t quick enough to write down the various ages and makes of the many vehicles, but I did pay particular attention to a 1942 International Half Track from the WW2. It was very pleasing to actually see these vehicles inaction rather than astatic display. Tanks, Troop Carriers, Scouts were the types of vehicles on display. And to say it really is a women’s world, the chief mechanic who works on all these military vehicles is a lovely lady called Gina!
Shed 6
This shed is familiar to most members being the location for the last few Concours. Mustangs, including a new 77 Special, are the most prominent marque followed by Jaguar. A primrose 4.2 Series 1 E-Type convertible and a golden sand 4.2 Series 1 E-Type FHC are reminders on how great the cars from the sixties really look. For the Aston Martin fans a beautiful Series 2 Lagonda was also in the shed. Additionally five Lotus cars from the sixties were also available for viewing. However, it was lunch time so it didn’t take long for the men to grab a beer and a sausage sandwich, whilst the ladies were treated to champagne and cheese (who said it wasn’t a women’s world). In the meantime Terry proudly showed off his new garage fitout courtesy of Micron Manufacturing. As Peter Stefan said “an awesome day”.

» Lunch Run to the Appin Hotel, via the Nepean Dam

Sunday 18th February, 2018

February Run


Craig Walker Reports: "Our first run for 2018, on Sunday 18th February was held on a glorious summer day!  Breaking with our usual tradition of “Maccas” meeting spots we met for coffee at Hungry Jacks at Hoxton Park.  Amongst the vehicles attending were a DB6, a DB7, a DB9, a DBS, a Vantage V12, a number of Vantage V8s, a Mustang, an MGB and later a 3 Series BMW.  We also welcomed new members Julianne and Peter Jones in their brand new Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Edition.                         
We set off and headed west along Bringelly Road to Northern Road before heading south.   Driving past Oran Park with its thousands of houses it is just about impossible to discern the exact previous location of one of Sydney’s most iconic racing circuits.  Leaving the traffic behind we headed further west into Sydney’s rural surrounds, driving through the small townships of Cobbity and Mount Hunter.
The Astons now had the chance to stretch their legs as they travelled along Burragorang Road passing The Oaks Airfield with a forlorn ex-Qantas Hawker-Siddeley HS 125 training jet sitting near the runway.  On reaching Oakdale the convoy again headed south on the traffic-free Barkers Lodge Road, with the cars being driven in a spirited fashion on these beautiful, empty rural roads.
Reaching Picton we then headed further south following the old railway line to Thirlmere where we drove past the NSW Rail Museum before making our way to our first destination, Nepean Dam.  There was time for a pit stop, some photos and viewing and walking across the dam before we continued our drive.
On the second part of our journey we drove under some amazing, overhanging, rock formations as we travelled down towards the causeway over the Nepean River, with the Hume Highway, Douglas Park bridge towering spectacularly above us.  The Astons provided plenty of entertainment for the picnickers and swimmers at the causeway, especially when their exhausts reverberated off the rock faces as they roared up the other side of the gorge.
This amazing soundtrack was replicated shortly afterwards when we travelled over the narrow bridge at Broughton Pass, with drivers once again enjoying the full repertoire of their Astons beautiful engine noises as they roared through the hairpins from the gorge below.
We then all adjourned at the Appin Hotel for lunch, enjoying great company, shared passions and wonderful food on our inaugural event for the year."   

»The Alternative Monthly Meeting at Code Clean

Saturday 17th February, 2018

Code Clean

















 

 

 

With the aim  of keeping meetings interesting, February’s meeting will be held at Codeclean on Saturday the 17 February.

DETAILS:
Open with a 30-minute presentation on the history of automotive paint, an explanation of Acrylic v’s the current 2Pac coating and how the Cöde products are well placed for both finishes. We will spend an hour or two detailing a car, explaining the various processes as we go.

  • Meet at: Codeclean, Unit 13/12 Cecil Rd, Hornsby
  • Time: 9:00 am
  • Questions: Terry Daly on 0418 675 253
  • RSVP: mmurphy@amocnsw.org.au
  • Closing : Wednesday 14th February
  • Charge: FREE

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» Breakfast Run to Grey Gums Cafe, Putty

Sunday 21st January, 2018

Grey Gums Cafe, Putty


What a perfect day for a 120 klm run up the Putty Rd, that wasn’t missed by the NSW Highway Patrol with 4 cars cruising the roads.

The run started at MacDonald’s Dural, via some great winding roads, to the promised Ferry Ride at the Sackville punt. Again, no delays as everyone managed to squeeze onto the one Ferry.

The next stage was along some FURTHER great driving roads, which for some reason were devoid of any real traffic, except for the occasional motor bike. We therefore arrived before our scheduled breakfast time of 10.00 am.

Seventeen members and a few friends, enjoyed four courses and coffee, in a tranquil setting.

After everyone caught up with the Christmas gossip, members started dispersing, some going via the Hunter Valley, whilst the remainder retraced their steps via the Putty Rd.

A very enjoyable start to 2018.

» December Breakfast Run to Dunes Restaurant Palm Beach

Sunday 10th December, 2017

Aston Martin December Run to Dunes Restaurant Palm Beach





















A glorious Sydney Summers morning greeted us at our start point, Lavender Bay on the shores of Sydney Harbour. After a coffee and a chat, 26 Astons roared into life, waking any residents that had not already come down to have a look. Travelling through the streets of Sydney to Palm Beach early on a Sunday morning is the only way to beat the Northern Beaches traffic.

We arrived around 9:00 at The Dues Restaurant, where we were greeted by restaurant staff who had opened exclusively for us. A special AMOC Christmas menu was provided. Following breakfast, more chatter with people departing for a walk along the beach before heading home.

This run recorded the highest participation for an event in 2017, 61 members and family, 26 Astons and a couple of Jags. Thank you to all those who attended.

» December Terribly British Day in Canberra

Sunday 3rd December, 2017

Terribly British Day ACT

Heavy rain, bordering on biblical proportions, on Friday afternoon and Saturday saw the venue change to Queanbeyan Bus Interchange car park. The possibility of rain on the Sunday, made it a little less enticing but Aston owners are hardy souls and so the Sullivan/Murphys, the Martins, the Burgess’, and the McLean/Foldes made the trip from Sydney. They were joined by Arne Schimmelfeder and Lara Perasso, Scott and Cathie Trotter, Geoff and Fiona Best, Phil White and Robyn, and Lance Brazier. On the Saturday night we gathered for a dinner of lovely Turkish food and fine wines at Ottoman Cuisine.

Sunday opened gloomy but dry, and once the car park filled it didn’t look too bad. A total of ten Aston Martins made for a fine line-up ranging from the Best’s DB2/4 MKIII to Mike Burgess’ DB11 including V12 & V8 vantages, DB9s, and DBSV8s. The Jaguar club put on a fine display with an XK150 as their centrepiece surrounded by a nice range of E types, MkIIs and moderns. The Rolls Royce and Bentley contingent also had several interesting cars. The weather held with only the lightest sprinkling. An early lunch of chicken, salad, quiche and cake provided by Lara and scones from Fiona was enjoyed before people departed for home.

» SOAR AND ROAR FESTIVAL

Sunday 26th November, 2017

Aston Martin June Run Hope Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 members of our club attended the Special Olympics Australia Ride Festival “Soar and Roar” on Sunday, 27th November.

It was a very early start with members coming from all over Sydney.  The weather was great.  We drove into Hyde Park from the Macquarie Street end, did a lap around Archibald Fountain and lined up at the entrance. How magnificent we looked.

The Chairman of Special Olympics Cameron Brownjohn and CEO Corene Strauss were there with their many volunteer helpers to get us organised. 

Each driver was then introduced to their very excited Special Athlete and presented with a Special Olympics Cap. After welcome speeches, we started our engines and the roar of 20 Astons Martin’s filled the air like a choir as Cameron waved us off with the checkered flag. 

We then travelled in convoy down the M2/7 arriving at the Sydney Motorsport Park where we were then marshalled for the Lap of Honour around the Grand Prix Circuit.  The Aston Martin Club being the greatest fundraiser led the tour with our special Olympians.  On arrival in Pit Lane, each driver then presented the athletes with the Soar & Roar Medal.

Throughout the day Club members gave athletes two more rides with the pace car leading them on each occasion. 

We heard that after the Lap of Honour, one of the special athletes cried because the cars didn’t go fast.  The next two laps were quite quick with lots of big smiles from our athletes.

Finally, congratulations to James Scott on winning the prize for the ‘Best Dressed Aston Martin’.

I’m proud to say AMOC’s collective efforts has helped transform the lives of many athletes and their families so, a great BIG THANK YOU to all who participated for making this a very memorable day.

This report aided by our Assistant Editor, Pelin Bright.

» November Lunch Run to the Historic Robertson Hotel

Sunday 19th November, 2017

Aston Martin December Run to Dunes Restaurant Palm Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The penultimate run for this year saw a group of 39 meet for coffee at McDonalds Prestons, before heading off to the historical Robertson Hotel for lunch on the lawn.  The fleet of Astons, including a new 570S McLaren, attracted locals yielding the phone cameras as we departed the carpark.

The route took us south along the freeway onto some wonderful Aston driving roads via Range Road, Tourist Road and Kangaloon Road.  Some tight corners and nice straights gave us all a chance to give our cars the proverbial Italian tune-up.

At the hotel, we viewed the gardens, and toured the interior prior to lunch.  We moved inside to the lounge for coffee and dessert, successfully dodging a few raindrops.

After lots of chatter it was time to take our well exercised Astons home, with fond farewells until the December run to Palm Beach.

» Concours D'Elegance

Sunday 29th October, 2017

Concours

 

A brilliant spring October day greeted 64 members and children, to the Annual Concours at Robyn & Terry Daly’s home in Middle Dural. Judges, Arne Schimmelfeder, Sam Movizio and Geoff Scott had a difficult task as all cars presented were of a high standard. Two hours later decisions were made, and lunch was served. We were interrupted by an "Aston" helicopter piloted by member Craig Murphy with his family aboard. Following this excitement and dessert, winners were announced with many left to ponder next year.

» October Run to Concours Sportscar Restorations Tuggerah

Sunday 22nd October, 2017

Concours Sportscar Restorations Tuggerah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Club members joined the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club (TSCC) for a run to Gavin King’s Concours Sportscar Restorations at Tuggerah.

Over 60 members gathered at Mac Donald’s Mt Colah for a 9.30am start. The car park resembled a museum of motoring history! Following a quick briefing, the wonderful array of cars headed north, via the M1 freeway, then through Calga and along the back roads of the Yarramalong Valley to the Wyong Milk Factory for Brunch. More members of both clubs who came from the north, joined the crowd. Brunch itself was a leisurely affair and some of the ladies visited the Cheese shop whilst a few more checked out the Chocolate display. Many members were interested and inspected the beautiful cars parked.

The group arrived at Concours Sportscar Restorations at midday and were welcomed by Gavin King and his team. Gavin provided excellent commentary on the history of the business and how it specialises in restoring mainly Jaguars and Aston Martins. Several took note of the Engine room where an Aston Martin DBS V8 motor was in pieces awaiting assembly. There were other examples of motoring excellent, including Jaguar XK120/140/150’s and the lightweight low drag E-types he was hand building.

Sitting on the forecourt was Peter Wise’s stunningly beautiful blue Aston Martin Lagonda that was fully restored by Gavin King nearly ten years ago. Peter and Doris Wise, invited both Club’s back to their Yarramalong Valley home, Highland Park, for afternoon tea. What a house and what a view! Thanks to the Wises’ for their hospitality.

A big thankyou to Terry for organising a great day.

Afternoon tea at Yarramalong Valley

» 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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