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Area 16 Sussex Feb 2018 Newsletter & Events for 2018

Area Rep | Published on 2/25/2018

 Dear Fellow Area 16 Members.

Next Regular Club Meeting - Quiz Night - Tuesday Eve March 13th  07.30pm
Wheel Inn at Burwash Address: Heathfield Road, Etchingham TN19 7LA
Phone: 01435 882299

Coming up of the 10th March - Our first organised event this season will be at Vantage Engineering - Saturday morning – 10.00am start, Open day morning at Vantage Engineering & Lightning Quarter Garage (Adjoining) at Rudgwick Brick Works, Lynwick, Street, Rudgwick, Horsham RH12 3DH – with refreshments, entertainment and Scalextric racing. We hope to see a number of AMOC members from around the areas.

Following our decision to trial our monthly meetings during the winter on a Sunday, all getting together for a pub lunch has been very popular, so this will continue during the winter months starting in October.

Our Feb meeting on Sunday 11th saw 10 Aston’s venture out into the sun and 28 members enjoy a catch up at the Red Lion in Ashington. Welcoming Karl & Linda along with their Vanquish "S" who have recently joined AMOC, looking forward to enjoying their company at some of the events planned for 2018.

Aston Martin versus Bently and Lotus? 
May 13th Horsham Town Centre Event - Horsham English Festival

No it isn't a brand new race series but an English Festival in Sussex. Horsham town centre have asked AMOC to provide the glamorous backdrop once again to their English Festival of food, drink and crafts on the 13th May. For the past 3 years Area 16 has been successfully providing Horsham with an Aston spectacle of around 30 cars. This year they want to expand their repertoire to other marques too. Surely we don't want to let the Bentley Boys or the Garagistes (as Enzo would say!) beat us in numerical terms or pure spectacle? 

This is a call for all those who wish to spend around half a day displaying their lovely Astons in Horsham town centre. You will get free parking in a lovely market town and significant crowds watching you drive in and out of the centre. And you are encouraged to make lots of noise !
To reassure you, Horsham has plenty to keep you occupied so you don't have to stay with your car if you want to explore. In late 2016 we had a pre-production DB11 alongside A3, the oldest surviving Aston along with Area 16 members cars. 


We want a great selection of old and new Astons. So the gauntlet is thrown. What cars can we tease out from our members in 2018?  

Please contact Mike Bowman on or 07980 878443 or Gary Wigzell on 07802 273959 to find out more and register your interest. This is a free event. 

See below our planned events for 2018, I am sure you will agree, plenty going on, so I hope there is something for all to enjoy. 

Separate E mails will be coming out for some of the main events,

French Drive Weekend:- You will have seen the details for this sent out previously, we have 9 cars booked on this, more details will follow on a separate E Mail.

Gala dinner Event:-  This is a Black & White Themed Shared Event with Area 7, we hope this will be a highlight of the year reflecting on the 2018 season with dining, dancing, and great company. So book your place as soon as possible so as to secure your place, see separate E Mail with details sent on 25th Feb.

I would like to thank everyone in the club for their support throughout 2017, especially those who assisted in the various events we attended.

Area 16 Merchandise.

We have a small stock of polo shirts with our logo embroidered on them, sizes available are S,M, L, XL & XXL these are of good quality and are ONLY £20 each we also now have some embroidered badges in black at only £5, if you are interested in other colour’s, sizes or items such as shirts, fleeces, rugby shirts or caps, please contact Roger Couch on or Gary.

Polo shirts men’s and ladies short sleeve £20

Polo Shirts with long sleeves £25

Short Sleeve shirts £30

Long Sleeve shirts £35


One of our members is putting his car on the market, a 1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk1, Chassis No: LML 831, Engine No: VB6J 307, MOT until June 2018

He can provide some history before he purchased the car in 1999, since then he has a detailed account of all the work carried out, including all major invoices.

This car is a blue Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 manufactured in 1954, it has a 3 Litre engine and this model was a development of the earlier DB2 to give two more seats. If you are seriously interested in the possible purchase and would like me to put you in contact with the owner, then please send me an E Mail with you contact details.



Gary Wigzell (Area Rep)      

To Contact Gary (Area 16 Rep) E Mail


Area 16 planned events for 2018:




Address & Tel No

March 10th

Vantage Engineering Open Day From 10.00am

Unit 7B Rudgwick Brickworks, Rudgwick, RH12 3UW T: 07470-519087

March 13th

Club Meeting Quiz Night - Elaine McCormack 07.30pm Start

Wheel Inn at Burwash Address: Heathfield Road, Etchingham TN19 7LA
Phone: 01435 882299

April 8th

Simply Astons at Beaulieu


April 10th

Club Meeting 07.30pm start

Pevensey Marsh, Hooe, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 9HH 01424 848649

April 26,27,28,29

French Tour - Area 16

9 Cars so far

May 5th & 6th

Eastbourne's Magnificent Motors - 5 & 6 May 2018

Eastbourne Sea Front, Western Lawns - Book with Gary

May 8th

Club meeting

The Black Rabbit, Mill Rd, Arundel BN18 9PB Tel:01903 882638

May 13th

Horsham Town - event

Carfax Horsham Town Centre - Book your place with Mike Bowman -

June 12th

Club Meeting

Tiger Inn, The Green, East Dean, Eastbourne BN29 0DA. Tel: 01323 423878

June 16th

Visit to Croswaite and Gardiner

Names Required Max 30 two groups of 15

June 22nd

AM Factory Visit & Drive & Stay over - 2 places remaining

Aston Martin Lagonda, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwick, CV35 0DB, England
Tel: +44 (01926 644500


Cavalcade of Transport – Pestalozzi International Village, Sedlescombe. TN33 0UF

Sedlescombe. TN33 0UF

July 10th

Club Meeting

Gardeners Arms Selsfield Rd, Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6TJ
Phone: 01444 892328

July 15th

Michelham Priory - Classic Vehicle Show - Dogs Welcome

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham BN27 3QS Phone: 01323 844224


Eastbourne Balloon festival


July 29th

Storrington Car Show

Storrington recreation Ground, Hurston Lane, RH20 4HH.

August 14th

Club Meeting

Sussex Ox, Milton Street, Polegate, BN26 5RL. Tel:01323 870840


Rye Car show


August 25th & 26th

Wings & Wheels at Dunsfold Aerodrome

For visitors using SATNAV please use the following postcode: GU6 8HY

August 27th

Bexhill 100 - £5 in advance £7 on the day

Polegrove Recreation Ground, Bexhill, TN39 3HA from 09.00am - Inform Roger Couch of attendance on

Sept 7th, 8th, 9th.

Goodwood Revival


September 11th

Club Meeting

TBC Venue change

29th September

Gala Dinner Event - Black & White Theme Shared event with Area 7

Address: Hever Hotel - Hever Rd, Edenbridge TN8 7NP
Phone: 01732 700700


Prestige Paintworks Open Day

Details to follow

October 14th Sunday Lunch

Club Meeting

Llama Park, A22 Wych Cross, Forest Row East Sussex RH18 5JN Phone: 01825 712040

November 4th Sunday Lunch

London To Brighton Veteran Car Rally

Jack & Jill Inn Brighton Road, Clayton BN6 9PD
Phone: 01273 843595

November 11th Sunday Lunch

Club Meeting -Election - Sunday Lunch


December 2nd Sunday Lunch

Club Christmas Meeting - Over Cooked it - Sunday Lunch!