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Area 16 January News Letter, Area 16 | AMOC News

Area Rep | Published on 1/29/2017

Next Regular Club Meeting Tuesday: 7th February at The Mark Cross Inn, Mark Cross Nr Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 3NP 01892 852423

NB week earlier than usual due to clash with Valentines Day, so those romantics amongst you will not miss out on an Aston meeting!

This is a change of venue as Stanmer Park closes at 4pm this time of year.

Everyone welcome to join us, some people like to come and eat others just a drink, very informal with a quick update on events coming up or relevant news a raffle usually takes place.

Assistant Rep: We are very sad and sorry to inform you that Jan Dunk has resigned as assistant Rep with immediate effect. Jan has contributed a huge amount to Area 16 and we are really going to miss her. Jan’s cheerful sunny smile and her enthusiasm for everything Aston will leave a big hole in Area 16. I am sure you will join me in thanking Jan and we hope that she will come along to an event soon when we can express our thanks to her.

There are a few updates and changes in the planned events.

New Event – March 25th - Prestige Paintworks, bacon roll and coffee with a tour of premises

Simply Astons – April 2nd - Beaulieu Motor Museum, change of date now 2nd April and hotel details.

If anyone would be interested in helping out with organisation of events please let me know, if you would like to be Area or assistant representative please let Gary know.

Gary Wigzell (Area Rep)      

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Area 16 planned events for 2017:

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

March 14th - This year our Annual quiz night will take place on March 14th Thanks to Elaine for taking on the role of Quiz Master.

March 21st - Ricardo Engineering:- Still places available, contact Gary.

“Ricardo is a global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy. We were founded by Sir Harry Ricardo in 1915. We now employ over 2700 engineers, scientists and consultants around the world and it is the passion and expertise of these people which drives us forward and maintains our position of technical leadership. 

Our Technical Consulting business involves Engines, Driveline & Transmissions, Hybrid & Electric Systems and Whole Vehicle Systems engineering. Few companies worldwide can match Ricardo’s long-standing skills, experience and track record in engine design and development incorporating the very latest in technological innovations, some of which you will see during your tour.” We will be limited to 16 places; they will be given on a first come basis. 21st March is the date, the tour will take place at 5.30 however we will need to have been processed through security so please arrive in good time. This may not be a tour for you if you are not able to climb the odd staircase. We do however intend to finish the tour about 7pm and visit one of the local pubs for those who wish to dine before heading home.

March 25th Prestige Paintworks, Chris Pursall has invited members to view his premises at Deanland Business Park, Golden Cross, BN27 3RP. He has several Astons at various stages of work being carried out and lots of enthusiasm for the cars. Chris is offering Bacon roll and coffee so please let us know if you would like to attend 9:30 – 11:00

Prestige Paintworks is becoming renowned for its work within the automotive restoration industry, especially for the Jaguar and Aston Martin marques. Chris is still as hands-on today with restorations as he was six years ago. His passion and duty of care will ensure that every motor is looked after from start to finish.

April 2nd – Simply Astons at Beaulieu, if you turn up in your Aston it is £10 per adult and £5 per child to attend, this was a good event last year, take a look at the website. We will need to know if you are intending to come so that we can reserve parking for Area 16.

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 29th - 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!

May 7th - Horsham town event, we are still awaiting details of this event but previous invites to Horsham have been very well attended and enjoyed by all.

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

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.

Sept 15th – 17th – Isle Of Wight (IOW) car shows – some of us attended this in 2016, a great venue for a weekend away, they are looking for more Astons in 2017 for an Aston display. Arrangements to be announced soon, let us know if you may be interested.

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

BA Engineering LHR Tour

Ejector Seat Tour, Oxfordshire

Rock and Horsepower (Polo and bands)

Lincoln Scott – restoration works with visit to The Plough, near Plumpton.


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

Gary Wigzell (Area 16 Sussex Rep)