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The Viscountess Downe

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The Viscountess Downe

I first heard about Aston Martins when I was taken out by my then boyfriend John Dawnay in his DB2. I soon found myself involved in his racing mainly doing the time keeping at many international races including Le Mans and the Nurburgring.

Our greatest racing triumph was becoming the first British car home at Le Mans in 1982 when we finished 7th overall (the drivers being Michael Salmon, Ray Mallock and Simon Phillips). John was subsequently invited to be President of the AMOC and after he died I was greatly honoured to be asked to follow in his footsteps.

We lived a busy life in both London and in Yorkshire after he inherited the title of Viscount Downe. John soon found that a better way to travel was by helicopter and having bought one we both got our licences on the same day and used it frequently. I myself became a Magistrate and later High Sheriff of North Yorkshire as well as Mayor of the Staple of England. I have very much enjoyed the years I have spent with the club.

 

Richard Jackson 

Richard Jackson

Vice-President and Deputy Chairman

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Richard Jackson

I joined the Aston Martin Owners Club in 1992 having already bought a partly restored DB5 Vantage which required some degree of work to complete to an acceptable standard.

Having very much enjoyed the company of fellow owners through attending Area 14 events in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, I was eventually persuaded to volunteer for the Area Rep’s job during a New Year’s Luncheon meeting in January 1996.

The next five years as Area 14’s Rep proved to be a most interesting and fun pastime, meeting many Club Members from outside our local area, all of which also proved most enjoyable. However, this particular involvement also presented me with the opportunity to become further embroiled in the Club’s affairs.

At the end of 2001 I stood down from the role of Area Rep and was proposed for membership of the Committee of Management and was subsequently awarded a “yes” vote at the first AGM taking place in the new Club HQ at The Barn.

In 2004 I became Deputy Chairman under Michael Urban who was then voted in as Chairman and when he completed his four years, I was voted in as the Club’s Chairman from 2008 to 2012. I eventually became a Vice-President which I consider to be an important privilege in our fine Club. In January 2022, I was voted in again as Deputy Chairman of the Club acting as its Chairman for the time being.

Born and educated in London, and deriving from a military and engineering background, I have always had a fascination for Aston Martin design and engineering excellence coupled with the stunning variations of style and elegance portrayed in many of its world famous models.

Fortunately, my wife and three children all share this enthusiasm for the marque which has allowed me to pursue both a keen interest, ownership and restoration of a unique motor car. Now living near Newmarket and retired from working in my own management consultancy business, which incidentally, specialised in business, people and process development. This involved me in extensive travel, working with some of the world’s leading international companies along with developing many small and startup companies too.

I am happy to be directly involved with the management of the Club again with sole the objective of:

“Making the Aston Martin Owners Club the most respected one-marque car club in the world.”

 

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Clare Gardner

Vice-President

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Peter Sprague 

Peter Sprague

Vice-President

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Peter Sprague

I bought a DB4 used in c.1960. I have been a member of AMOC for over 60 years. Age 34 I organized the rescue of AML Ltd, after it went bankrupt on Christmas eve 1974. Eight months later AML Ltd was out of bankruptcy. I did it because there was no one in the UK who felt it was possible. I did not know enough to agree with them. Google SPRAGUE and ASTON. I was Chairman until 1980. We assembled a team that kept the company alive and created the Lagonda. Alan Curtis, George Minden, Victor Gauntlet, Dennis Flather, Lady Tavistock, Philip Sober, William Towns and the men and women in the factory were part of the team. There were many others not named here. I was proud to be a part of it. AMOC was not involved at all.

Richard Branson's slogan for Virgin Atlantic "More experience than our name suggests". I had more experience than my age implied: in photo Journalism, business and politics.

Visit sprague.com for a few stories including my Aston adventure which was pried out of me by Nick Candee and Don Rose for the AMOC NA magazine Vanguard. The American cowboy humourist, Will Rogers said, “A Stranger is a Friend I haven’t met” Someday I will write a book with that title. I remember the people I have met along the way and the enduring friendships created. The hassles and the accumulated stuff are easily forgotten.

 

Michael Urban 

Michael Urban

Vice-President and Acting Treasurer

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Brian Small 

Brian Small

Club Treasurer

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Brian Small

Brian is 65 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in Nottingham. From January 2004 to October 2018, he was CFO of JD Sports, a major listed retailer. He lives in Worcestershire and is now a non-executive director of three smaller listed companies (Boohoo, Pendragon Motors and Mothercare) as well as being a trustee of a retail charity.

His motoring CV includes ownership of a 2002 Vanquish as well as a 911 GT3 and he is entering his 24th consecutive season of circuit racing, now mainly in MGs in historic motorsport. Other interests include fine dining and travel as well as grandchildren.

 

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Wolfgang Bahlmann

Germany

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John Mutlow

USA West

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Tjeerd Milan 

Tjeerd Overdijk

Membership

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Peter Saglietti 

Peter Saglietti

Club Operational Review

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Peter Saglietti

I have been an AMOC Member for over 10 years, Victorian Area Representative for 8 years and currently acting Australian Director on the Committee of Management since mid-2020. In this time, I have gained a considerable insight as to the Club’s operation and challenges we are facing in these uncertain times.

My strong belief is to continue making a positive contribution within the Committee of Management, given my professional expertise gained together with a passion for Aston Martins. Many of our fellow Member’s views, expressed to me, point out that our Club needs to improve on the delivery of benefits and services. I will be advocating for a thorough independent review of the entire Club operations, starting with a clear goal to improve membership values and to grow AMOC as a worldwide club for the benefit and enjoyment of all Members.

 

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Peter Snowdon

Competitions

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Peter Snowdon

Encouraging and supporting racing was a founding objective of the Club in 1935. Whilst times have undoubtedly changed in the 85 years since, be it entry level track days, speed events or full circuit racing, competition remains a core Member benefit.

As Competition Director my aim is to revitalise the competition element with little or no financial support and exposure to the Club. 2021 saw an exciting and innovative new collaboration with AMOC Racing and BRSCC organising and promoting events. This new approach simultaneously provided us with previously unprecedented promotional and marketing opportunities whilst removing the heavy financial exposure of underwriting a racing programme. The Committee of Management are supportive of this strategic plan. Competition and Social Committee are committed to jointly promoting racing and social events as a joint Member benefit. I would ask that Members support the Competition and Social programme planned.

 

 

 

 

 

Trudy Wride 

Trudi Wride

Company Secretary

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Trudi Wride

I joined the AMOC in 2010 after buying our first Aston, a DB7. Throughout that time we’ve owned a variety of Astons including DB9s, V8 Vantage and latterly a Vanquish. Our fun with the car has been helped by the many activities the club has organised over the years along with the inclusive ethos for anyone who enjoys the cars irrespective of ownership.

My working life began in the Royal Navy as an aircraft mechanic working on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. On leaving the Navy I embarked on a career in management ranging from hospitality and social care to training. As a result I’ve been a director and company secretary, of a number of companies, from training & development, management consultancy and the design and manufacture of analogue electronic music equipment. I’ve been involved in the start-up process of two tech companies and remain a director of an Esports marketing agency focusing on Esports strategy writing. My focus is both corporate governance and IP, for contracts across the MENA region.

For 6 years my husband and I lived in Abu Dhabi and were members of the AMOC in the UAE. I was fortunate to have been asked to organise the very first concours in the UAE which was held at Yas Links overlooking the gulf on one side and the Yas Marina circuit on the other. Now back I’m happy to help the club continue to develop robust membership offering for the future.

 

 

 

 

Vice Presidents

 

Hugh Beckwith

UK

Alan Curtis

UK

Clare Gardner

UK

Richard Jackson

UK

Peter Livanos

Switzerland

George Minden

Canada

Neil Murray

UK

Keith Piper

UK

Manfred Schlick

Germany

Peter Sprague

USA

Michael Urban

UK