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AMOC Area 16 Sussex April 2017 Newsletter

Area Rep | Published on 4/9/2017

 Dear Fellow Area 16 Members.

Next Regular Club Meeting Tuesday: 11th April at  Tiger Inn, The Green, East Dean, Eastbourne BN20 0DA. Tel: 01323 423878


My Volante has received its final coat of primer. It is scheduled to have the stoneguard applied under the bonnet and in other areas of the underside of the car tomorrow, Thursday 12th January. Then the gloss black guide coat will be applied and the car transported back to Pete Scott’s premises for him to build the steering and suspension back on to the tub, and get it back onto a set of slave wheels. The paint needs to settle for 2 weeks whilst the suspension is completed, and it will then go back to the paint shop to be flatted and painted with its topcoat in Mink. Then back to Pete for assembly of the rest of the car and Karen to do the upholstery and new hood.



Prestige Paintworks

Chris Pursell and his team at Prestige Paintworks provided an excellent morning at his premises for area 16 to visit, below is a extract from

Twas a sunny Saturday morning in Sussex. Yes folks it was sunny and it was Sussex the completion of both statements never felt so good as the wafts of fresh bacon butties filled the workshop of Prestige Paintworks Ltd. I never have quite understood Ltd especially from such a prestigious automotive restoration pleasure dome. I have never found any of their work to be limited in any way. 

I wander from the point frequently like an untamed stallion and it is your job as reader to sharply pull back on the reins, forcing me to toe the line and stay en pointe. Or of course you could just skip read my gibberish. "Skip Read my Gibberish" as I'm sure you know is a Cornish form of Morris Dancing prominent around Liskeard in the early seventeenth century. Meanwhile on topic, below is a one off Aston Martin that Prestige have returned to its original amethyst. A colour not to everyone's taste but original never the less. We'll follow this restoration all the way and then pop it into the cove to bring our own TLC to the mixing pot.

The amethyst rebuild



The sun brought out a nice mix of Feltham, Newport Pagnell and Gaydon era cars to Prestige, with a car park full of enthusiasts while inside the workshop, currently being restored, were a 1958 DBMk3 Drophead barn find for complete restoration, DB5 for a Silver Birch transformation, a 1969 DB6 Volante that arrived in Masons Black and has had the clock turned back to 1969 and is now back to Amethyst. A 1972 DBS for complete nut and bolt body off restoration arriving in Silver Birch that will eventually leave in Aegean Blue. A 1973 AMV8 for complete restoration sums up the trend for Feltham and Newport Pagnell at Prestige with later Gaydon cars occasionally making appearances for some TLC 



The Aston Martin car park outside Prestige Paintworks


I would like to say a massive thank you to Chris and his team at Prestige Paintworks for putting on such a great and interesting display along with the Bacon Rolls and coffee. With around 17 Aston's in attendance, on such a good sunny morning, what better way to spend a Saturday morning for breakfast. Everyone was amazed, and I am sure appreciated, how much hard work goes into keeping a working body shop in such a clean and presentable condition, of which we know was not just done for our visit, but this is the standard that Prestige Paintworks work to, which reflects on the quality of the work they produce. It was excellent to have a number of cars on display in various stages of restoration, demonstrating the various stages of such projects, even down to the peddle car that was in mid restoration. Our thanks also go out to Gun Hill Studios for an amazing display and example of what goes into recording some of Prestige Paintworks finished work, and giving our member's the opportunity to experience such a professional automotive studio, Our thanks also to Jaguar Select, just around the corner, who also opened their doors for our members, Adam also brought along his Race car as a display, Our members also found this of interest as we do have some who stick with British, and own the odd Jaguar also.


Assistant Rep: We have had offers of help from two of our members, as soon as I have spoken with them and we have come up with a plan on how to move forward I will let you know.


We have a small stock of Navy polo shirts with our logo embroidered on them, sizes available are S,M, L, XL these are of good quality and are ONLY £20 Each, if you are interested in other colours or items such as shirts, fleeces, rugby shirts or caps, please contact Gary.

Polo shirts men’s and ladies short sleeve £20

Polo Shirts with long sleeves £25

Short Sleeve shirts £30

Long Sleeve shirts £35

Gary Wigzell (Area Rep) E Mail

Area 16 planned events for 2017:

With all the events mentioned below please email with your intentions so we can coordinate arrangements.

April 23rd - St Georges Day Event, Westerham (Area 7) traditionally a few Area 16 members go along for a Sunday lunch, nice display of Astons, live music along with various other entertainment during the day.

April 23rd – Charity Classic Car Run, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking to Historic Dockyard, Chatham. Entry price £45 includes car driver and passenger and entry to the museum. Entry closes on the 20th April or earlier as limited to 250 cars will be offered on first come first served basis. Sponsorship is optional. Registration is between 9 and 10.30 please see attached end of page for details of registration.

April 29th 30th - Magnificent Motors – Eastbourne, an event held on the seafront a good selection of cars, clubs and activities going on. As usual with car shows we try to get everyone in the same area with our club shelter to enable shade of cover for the picnickers. We do like a good picnic! I have booked in 10 cars on each day, first come first served, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP

May 2nd Club Meeting – NOTE Date Change - The Five Bells, Smock Alley, Pulborough RH20 2QX. Tel :01798 812143

May 28th - Croquet Date confirmed see below for more detail

May 7th NEW EVENT - Horsham town event - We need 28 cars to display in the Carfax 11:00 – 15:30 the town have got HWM supporting this event so it would be great to have a good and varied display of our cars to be an attraction within the Horsham English Festival.

Here is a video of last year's event:

As well as our cars there will be a range of activities, vintage and modern vehicles on display. We will meet up at Hop Oast the park and ride outside Horsham for the drive into the centre for 12. So arrival at Hop Oast between 11-11.30.   Mike Bowman is very kindly co-ordinating this event, and is looking at attending Goodwood breakfast club prior to driving to Horsham, Please see attached flyer and contact Mike. ASAP.

We have agreed to support Horsham District Council once again with a display of 25 to 30 cars at their English Festival. We would love to create a timeline and so offers from those of you with older cars to take part would be greatly appreciated.

It is on the 7th May and is less than half a day of your time. We will need you to be in Horsham Hop Oast Park & Ride car park at 11.00-11.15 for short drive into the town where you will park until around 3.30pm. There will be a typical English market with other events taking place on the historic square during the day including classic bikes, traction engines, folk music as well as the delights of this pretty market town. A table for lunch will be booked for those wanting a social meeting at one of towns many local restaurants.

Horsham English Festival – 7th May

For those of you who want to make a day of it some will be attending the Goodwood Breakfast Club earlier that morning. The theme is Supercar Sunday and is a feast of exotic machinery including of course Aston Martins. It is around 30 miles between Goodwood and Horsham and so given the popularity of the Supercar Breakfast Sunday it is an early start - 8.00 at Goodwood. This will allow you to get into the public parking areas without undue queuing, have a stroll around the exotica , perhaps a bacon roll and coffee and leave in plenty of time for the Horsham event. Mike will lead a convoy to Horsham from the public parking area across the road from the circuit at 10.00

You can register to display your car amongst the exotics at Goodwood but you will need to do this separately. Mike Bowman is co-ordinating both events. Email or call him to

indicate your interest. There are three decisions Mike needs from you;

I want to come to Horsham

I want to eat in Horsham

I want to come to Goodwood Breakfast Club.

Mikes contact details are;  or  07980 878443

May 10th to the 14th - German Tour – Now all booked, should you wish to join us you will have to book your own accommodation.

May 28th - Croquet & Picnic lunch and afternoon at Peter Players. Arrival from 13.00hrs (1PM). Please bring your picnic and chairs. The address is:

Keepers Cottage, Hastings Road, Flimwell, WADHURST TN5 7PR go to this link for detail of how to get there.

Please let me know your intention of coming so we have an idea of numbers.

June 11th - Brooklands Museum Display of your Astons June 11th Brookland AMOC Club Day Brooklands Museum Display of your Astons £10.00 per head entrance to the museum. Other area Astons will be in attendance, please let me know if you are coming along.

June 13th - Election Night – please make members and Gary aware if you wish to put yourself up for election.

June 25th - Tickerage Vineyard Tour followed by lunch at Blackboys Inn, where we will rendezvous and park cars before tour.

29th 30th July – Hot Air Balloon Festival on behalf of Eastbourne District General Hospital, Cars will need to be in attendance before 10am and leave after 5pm you can choose which day you want to attend. Evening performances from 5pm – 10pm (car can remain on site if you wish). Please let Gary know as soon as possible if you wish to attend, registration need to be complete by 15th June.

Sept 15th – 17th – Isle Of Wight (IOW) car shows – If you wish to join in this weekend extravaganza you will need to let us know a.s.a.p We have secured a booking at The Bourne Hall Country Hotel

I have rooms reserved until Friday March 3rd (See previous E Mail dated 1st March) Cost for the weekend is £4 entry to show (must be prepaid) by contacting Victor on the number on the flyer attached.

October 27th We have three tables of 8 booked for Murder Mystery Evening This will be held at the Powdermill Hotel, Nr Battle, East Sussex. The price per person is £45.00 which includes a glass of Prosecco or soft drink on arrival while you meet the actors, 3-course dinner including coffee and the murder itself.  If you wish to attend and have not already put your name down please let us know a.s.a.p. The hotel are offering special rates for those attending wishing to stay overnight.

November 18th – CURLING - NEW EVENT - Curling at Fenton’s near Tunbridge Wells. Prompt 10am start. We have 24 places available, first come basis please let us know if you are interested. £20 per head this includes video, tuition and two hours on the ice (yes real ice) dress appropriately for great fun. We will select a pub nearer the time to visit after and have a well-earned meal for those who would like.

Car shows -There are several car shows that are listed below, we have listed on last page so you can put in your diary if you want to attend. Details will come out to you nearer to the event via the monthly newsletter.

Below are other events that we are waiting for confirmation of dates & details that may be added into the calendar Include:


April 11th Club Meeting
April 23rd St Georges day lunch at Westerham
April 23rd Charity Classic Car Run
April 29th Magnificent Motors - Eastbourne
April 30th Magnificent Motors - Eastbourne
May 7th Horsham Town - event
May 2nd Club meeting
May 11/12/13/14 German Tour 4 day tour
May 28th Croquet afternoon at Peter Players
June 11th Brookland AMOC Club Day
June 13th Club Meeting - Election Night
June 25th Tickerage vineyard tour with lunch at Blackboys Inn
July 9th Arundel Castle
July 11th Club Meeting
July 15th Heathfield Carnival
July 16th Michelham Priory
July 23rd Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre (Cars between 1955 /1992)
July 29/30th Eastbourne Balloon festival
July 30th Storrington Car Show
August 6th Waldron Pub car show
August 8th Club Meeting
August 13th Rye Car show
August 26th Festival of Transport
August 27th Festival of Transport
August 28th Bexhill 100
September 8th - 10th Goodwood Revival
September 12th Club Meeting
September 15-17th IOW Trip
October 1st/7th Horsham Town -event
October 10th Club Meeting
October 27th Murder Mystery Evening - Powdermill Hotel
November 5th London to Brighton run - Jack and Jill Clayton gathering and lunch
November 14th Club Meeting
November 18th Curling at Fentons

If you want to add any event that you would like the club to attend please do let us know.