The Haynes motor museum a has been a place I have wanted to visit for some time, having often spotted the newly refurbished building in the distance while driving on the A303, so I was pleased at our planning meeting this venue was to be included to the list of events for our 2016 diary. Our convoy of 8 Astons left Exeter services and headed out for a very enjoyable sunny morning drive on the A30 and A303 through the Blackdown Hills to the Haynes International motor museum at Sparkford Somerset.
We met up with the rest of our party at the museum where we had reserved parking outside the front of the new museum building to display our Astons. In total we had a line up of 11 Astons including a fantastic black DB7 Zagato brought along by Jeremy Robinson and his son George. Our Haynes guide welcomed us with tea and coffee in the private Napier suite where we were given a very interesting talk on the history of Haynes followed by a leisurely and informative guided tour of the museum. With more than 400 cars and bikes from all over the world displayed in stunning style, dating from 1885 to the present day, it is the largest international motor museum in Britain. Nearly every car in the museum is driven at least once a year and all vehicles are maintained in full working order. Looking at some of the old British cars of the 60s 70s and 80s many of us were reminiscing about our first cars and how we wish we could have kept them.
Lunch was in the Napier suite where we were treated to an excellent two course meal followed by afternoon tea and coffee after which some of us went back for another look around the museum while others made their way home in the glorious sunshine. A very enjoyable day, a good drive in convoy to a great location with Aston friends, all in all a very successful AMOC area 20 day out.