News & Events of the Aston Martin Owner's Club in N.S.W.

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John Sullivan, your Area Representative was interviewed on Saturday 8th February by Brendan Leggett Host for "Western Sydney's People of Interest" SWR FM 99.9

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This document may be of help.

It's a basic checklist that should be applicable to most things that you would be likely to volunteer to organise.
In all cases, and when in doubt, apply liberal doses of common sense!

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AMOC NSW 40th Anniversary Commemorative BadgeCelebrating 40 years of AMOC NSW, we are marking the occasion with the commissioning of a, one off, '40 years of AMOC NSW' commemorative badge. The badges are approximately 90mm in width and made from hand cast alloy by Australia's leading motor vehicle badge manufacturer. The badge is designed to be mounted on the grill of your vehicle, to a window or simply displayed wherever you like. The badge run is limited to 50 units, orders are essential, so get your order in now to avoid disappointment.

ORDER: Email your order to
COST: $77.00 – (One '40 years of AMOC NSW' commemorative badge)
ORDER: Deadline Thursday 31st August 2017

For more information contact John Sullivan M: 0419712317 email:
*AMOC members may order more than one badge, however orders are limited to a maximum of 2 badges per AMOC member.

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AMOC NSW Merchandising






Many have flagged interest in obtaining merchandise with our club logo on it. We have come up with a flexible approach and have established a partner in EmbroidMe (North Sydney). We will have our logos on file there after our first order (see details below).

You will be able to take your own items there and have a logo embroidered at a cost of:
$14.90 for shirts and $10.50 for caps

You can select from either the AMOC NSW logo (top LHS) or the AMOC logo (top RHS).

To make an order contact:

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» Sydney Symphony Orchestra - "The Planets"

Saturday 28th September, 2019

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Those of you who appreciate events at the Opera House and listening to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, will not be disappointed with this year joint event with the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club (TSCC).
"The Planets" is a must-hear event with Vladimir Ashkenazy as your guide to the heavens, whilst virtuoso Alexei Volodin seduces with Medtner's piano concerto. Russia comes to Sydney with a concerto by Nikolai Medtner, the Russian virtuoso who settled there in the 1930s. Medtner's music has long been overshadowed by that of his friend Rachmaninoff, but his first concerto revels in the sheer beauty of the piano, spinning fabulous melodies that seem to flow from the soul of the instrument. The Planets is a must-hear event under Vladimir Ashkenazy's baton. The astrological portraits of the celestial bodies are triumphs of dazzling orchestral magic and unforgettable musical imagery.

Tickets are selling fast so those who wish to attend need to respond ASAP. Don’t wait until the 30th June. First in best dressed. No rainchecks.


  • Information: Terry Daly 0418 675 253
  • Where: Sydney Opera House
  • Time: 08:00pm
  • Cost: $108 per head
  • RSVP and payment : by 30th June, 2019 payment to AMOC NSW Bank Account BSB 082-125 Account No 33-114-0403 Ref: Name & SSO19
  • Contact John Sullivan: Email- M: 0419 712 317   

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» Christmas In July

Saturday 27th July, 2019

Christmas In July 2019 AMOC NSW

Christmas in July, since it was resurrected 5 years ago, has always been a popular event for Club Members
For some members, it is the only event they attend all year

Trivett Aston Martin are planning a display of cars at the event.

Rooms need to be booked through AMOC, not directly with the Hyatt.
Please deposit $320 for each nights accommodation to the AMOC NSW Bank Account
BSB 082 125 ACC NO. 33 114 0403 Ref Name & XMAS

The dinner with beverages will be subsidised at $120 per head

Some more details of the timetable

  • Meet in Berrima to drive to the ACT in convoy. There will be a planned driving route to the event, with lunch etc organised
  • Trivett Aston Martin are planning a drive the range afternoon on the Saturday

Members will be able to drive DBS, Vantage or DB11 Volante.

  • For those members who would prefer cultural pursuits a group will visit the National Art Gallery to see the Monet exhibition
  • Saturday evening will be the Gala Dinner
  • Sunday morning after breakfast their will be an opportunity to take photos of your Aston in front of Parliament House
  • The drive home will be via Bimberama National Park and the costal route to Sydney
  • For those staying Sunday night a casual dinner will be organised


  • Information: Michelle Murphy 0418 243 033                                                                             
  • Where: Hyatt Hotel Canberra, 120 Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra
  • Time: 07:00pm
  • Cost: $320 per double per night including buffet breakfast in the Promenade Arcade
  • RSVP and payment : by 1st June, 2019 payment to AMOC NSW Bank Account BSB 082-125 Account No 33-114-0403 Ref: Name & XMAS
  • Contact Michelle Murphy: Email- M: 0418 243 033

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» July Monthly Dinner Meeting at Road and Track, Zetland

Thursday 18th July, 2019

Road and Track Zetland


This month’s club dinner meeting will be held at long term member Ross Pendergast’s business, Road & Track located in Zetland.

Enjoy an evening of British, Italian & German prestige vehicles, refreshments including Pizza and pasta
from DaMario's and Moet Chandon champagne.
Arrive by 6:30 pm for a tour of the facilities, followed by a presentation by Alfredo Topazio,
head technician who will discuss maintenance, preservation and restoration of collectible
Road and Track new vehicle supersite include four showrooms with over 100 cars for sale, Australia's
largest independent service centre, centrally located and has an extensive history including the location of
Lucas Engineering (supplier to early Aston Martins).
LOCATION: Corner of Joynton Ave & Epsom Rd ZETLAND
Ph: 02 8756 3222

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» Aston Martin Service Clinic

Saturday 6th July, 2019

Aston Martin Service Day at Trivetts

25 Members attended the service clinic at Trivett Aston Martin on Saturday
Members vehicles were given a technical inspection by the Trivett Team and each member received feedback

The above car though had the technicians stumped!
Some lucky members were treated to a ride with Rick Johnson, in said car, and assured all that it was brilliant

On display as well were the AML Shooting Break 2019 and the DB4 GT Recreation
Thank you to the owners who allowed the cars to stay at Trivetts so that members could inspect them

The Trivett team could not do enough to assist members.

Sunday 23rd June 2019

The shed at Collit's Inn


A great winter lunch run to the very picturesque Hartley Vale. Leaving from the Village Kitchen at
Kurrajong, we will travel along the Old Bells Line of Road. Historic Collits Inn, built in 1823, will be our
destination. It is unique and remains as the oldest standing set of buildings west of the Blue Mountains.


  • Information: Terry Daly 0418 675 253
  • Where: From: The Village Kitchen Kurrajong, 83 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong
                 To:Collits' Inn, 101 Hartley Vale Road, Hartley Vale, NSW. Ph: 6355 0287
  • Time: Meeting at:10:00am
              On the road by10:45am
  • Route: Driving instructions will be given out on the morning at Kurrajong.
  • Parking: Plenty of parking available at the destination
  • Cost: Formal lunch with dessert $45/head. Cash to Terry Daly with your name on the envelope
    on the day. A cash bar will be available on the day for the purchase of drinks.
  • Additional Information: We are going with the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club.
    Spaces are limited so please get in quickly to avoid disappointment.
  • RSVP: Sunday 16th June, 2019.
    John Sullivan-
    M: 0419 712 317 

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» May Breakfast Run to Saddles Restaurant, Mount White

Sunday 19th May, 2019

Aston Martin May 2019 to Saddles Restaurant Mt White

Sunday’s run was to Saddlers Restaurant, Mount White. Organiser Greg Gibbons had us underway at 8:00 am sharp via Bobbin Head and the Old Pacific Highway.
The weather was glorious and the road selection excellent.
Richard Quan and Tom Boston from Trivett Aston Martin, brought with them the new DBS and Vantage, both very much admired by all.
Brunch at the restaurant was excellent, well worth a return visit.

» Special May Dinner Meeting - "A Tutored Tasting of Grand Cru Champagnes"

Thursday 16th May, 2019


The villages within the Champagne region of France are classified, somewhat like nearby Burgundy, based on the 1919 "Echelle des Crus". There are just 17 Grand Cru and 41 Premier Cru villages within the total of 319. Most of the well-known brands use grapes from a variety of vineyards rather than solely those of a particular village. Our tasting was of wines sourced solely from 2 of the Grand Cru villages and specifically designed to demonstrate Grand Cru quality and the different styles of champagne that result from using the grapes of different villages, the blend of grape species used and the processes followed in production.

Our May monthly dinner meeting was one with a difference – champagne tasting and nibbles!
Our hosts, Maureen and William Barnard, invited members into their lovely home in Mosman.
We were entertained by champagne expert Tony Hancy of Prancing Horse Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
Tony’s knowledge of French champagne is extensive, developed over many years, visiting vineyards around the globe and establishing their own vineyard in the mid-eighties.

Tony provided us with seven different champagnes to taste, followed by a mystery tasting and guessing competition. The winner was Lyndall Ferris, who I am told, has a good nose when it comes to fine wines.

» North South Liaisaon MK IV, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Friday 26th April - Monday 29th April, 2019







We invite you to the 2019 AMOC North South Liaison MK IV weekend getaway between the Victorian and NSW members to be held from Friday 26th April to Monday 29th April 2019. Each year we take turns in organizing the annual North South Liaison even. The 2019 event will be hosted by Victoria.

The location selected is the City of Wagga Wagga and surrounding towns located in the fertile farming region of the Riverina in NSW. There are plenty of attractions to fill our weekend, including very good roads ideally suited to Aston Martins. We will be attending the ANZAC 2019 Aircraft Showcase held at the Temora Aviation Museum and Airfield on Saturday 27th, where our cars will be on display.

  • Accommodation;
    The Lawson Motor Inn, 117-121 Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga.
    The Lawson has off street parking, and generous sized rooms all with Kitchenettes. The front
    accommodation block has queen rooms with lift access to the second floor, while the rear wing overlooking
    the Murrumbidgee River, has queen rooms, with upstairs having balconies, downstairs with outdoor spaces
    and two larger rooms with courtyards. There is also indoor lounge and outdoor garden areas for us to gather
    for BYO pre dinner drinks.
    A Continental Breakfast will be available for our group in the lounge, on a PAYG basis.
  • Room Rates; Front Block - $130
    Back Block (upstairs and downstairs) - $150
    Book directly with The Lawson via email or phone quoting AMOC
    The Lawson Motor Inn
    Phone: 02 6921 2200
    Fax: 02 6921 2266

Friday 26th: Arrival. BYO Pre dinner drinks at The Lawson. Dinner will be a short walk to the Union Hotel.
Saturday 27th: 8.30am, an easy 80km drive to Temora for our display and enjoyment of the flying machines.
Lunch can be purchased at the mess canteen or BYO picnic. BYO CHAIRS PLEASE. Display cars 9.30am
to 2pm approx.
Dinner; 5.30pm Bus from The Lawson to nearby Cottontails Winery Restaurant
Sunday 28th: Farewell to those returning home or it's a Leisure day to explore Wagga and surrounding
areas including Junee and Coolamon. BYO Pre-dinner drinks at The Lawson. Dinner TBA.
Monday 29th: Farewell to all and see you next time!
Approximate costs for the weekend includes entry to Aircraft Showcase, Bus and Dinner at Winery
estimated at $100- $110 per person, TBC. All other dining and touring costs to be self-funded unless
advised otherwise closer to the event.

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» April Sunday Run to the Hunter Valley

Sunday 14th April, 2019

Aston Martin April to Amandas On The Edge

It is time for our annual run to wine country. Whilst we won't be mixing it with the pink ladies and the TBirds
this year we are assured of a culinary treat at Amanda's On The Edge Restaurant. On the way to
lunch we will again be visiting a great winery or two having driven Route 33.
What is different this year is that Bella and Tony have kindly offered to host us at their place in Mount
View in the Hunter Valley for afternoon tea.


  • Information: Craig Moy 0498 080 827
  • Where: From: McDonald's Mount Colah, 513-517 Pacific Highway, Mount Colah
                 To: Amanda's On The Edge, 1039 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
  • Time: Meeting at: 08:00am
              On the road by:08:30am
              Due at destination: 12:00 noon
  • Route: Details of the route will be provided at McDonalds
  • Parking: Plenty of parking available at the destination
  • Cost: $65.00/head for a two course lunch.
  • RSVP & Payment: Monday 8th April, payment to AMOC NSW Bank Account to secure your place
    BSB 082 125 Account No 33 114 0403, Ref: Name & Hunter
    John Sullivan -
    M: 0419 712 317, W: 9181 3177

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» A Weekend in the Country

Saturday 23rd March - Sunday 24th March, 2019

AMOC March 2019 Weekend In the Country



Sonia and John Curran have put together this weekend run. As you will read, it is packed full of driving and sightseeing adventures. Book early to confirm your place.
The first day will see us leaving Hartley and making our way to Bathurst, with a wonderful drive through the Jenolan State Forest with an ascent over the Great Dividing Range and in the valley a drive through the Grand Arch Cave. Lunch on day one will be at Oberon and then on to Bathurst where we stay at the Rydges Mount Panorama.

Day two will include a visit to the National Motor Racing Museum plus the opportunity to drive the Mount Panorama cicuit - taking particular note of the speed limits. A more sedate drive takes us on to Sofala en route to Hill End, where we will suggest you enjoy a beverage at the Royal Hotel and lunch at your cafe of choice.There are three options for the drive home. A wonderful weekend is assured.


  • Information: John and Sonia Curran: 0418 635 736
  • Where: The Lolly Bug, 2297 Great Western Highway, Little Hartley
  • Time: Meeting at: 11:00am
              Leave by: 11:30am
  • Cost: Members will make and pay for their own accommodation, and meals over the weekend.
  • Accommodation: BATHURST HERITAGE MOTOR INN, 102 STEWART STREET, BATHURST. Phone (02) 6334 3433, book individually and mention Aston Martin when booking. Queen, King and suites with breakfast $160 to $170. NOTE: This is different to the accommodation listed on the flyer below.
  • Parking: Plenty available at destinations
  • RSVP: ASAP to confirm your place
    John Sullivan-
    M: 0419 712 317, W: 9181 3177

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»Terry Daly Shed Tour

Saturday 2nd March, 2019

AMOC March 2019 Shed Tour









This is the first Terry Daly Shed Tour for the year and promises to be oversubscribed. We need RSVPs for the by 27 February. No rainchecks! First in Best Dressed.

This fantastic Terry Daly Shed Tour promises: 6 great sheds, outstanding collections of wonderful cars and on top of that a great way to spend a Saturday.

If you accept, the club will be required to pay the amount and our Treasurer will chase you for payment for non-attendance, unless arranged prior to cut off date.


  • Information: Terry Daly 0418 675 253 or email:
  • Where: The Village Kitchen, 83 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong
  • Time: Meeting at: 7:00am for a bacon and egg roll and self-serve cuppa.
  • Cost: Pay Terry $25 cash only per person on the day, to cover the sot of brekky and lunch.
  • Route: Details of the sheds will be provided on the day and not before.
  • Parking: Plenty available at destinations
  • RSVP: 27th February
    John Sullivan-
    M: 0419 712 317, W: 9181 3177

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» February Wiseman's Ferry Run

Sunday 24th February, 2019

Koveda Holiday Park at Wiseman's Ferry



Our February run will be to lunch at Koveda Holiday Park at Wisemans Ferry on the shores of the scenic
Hawkesbury River. Upon arrival, there will be a meet and greet with welcoming drinks hosted by the
owner, Benny Madsen, and a tour of the park. Following lunch we will be taken on a boat ride on the
river. It should be a wonderful day!


  • Information: Pelin Bright 0432 404 957, Koveda Holiday Park: 0408 296 519
  • Start: McDonalds Rosemeadow, Cnr New Line & Old Northern Roads, Dural
  • Meeting At: 10:00am for 10:30am departure
  • Route Details: to be provided at McDonalds
  • Destination: Koveda Holiday Park, 2868 River Road, Wisemans Ferry
  • Arrive At Destination: 11:30am
  • Parking: Plenty of parking available at destination
  • Cost: zilch
  • Lunch: Starter plus two course alternate set menu. Self serve tea and coffee. Drinks can be purchased
    from the bar. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Payment To: AMOC bank account to secure your place.
    BSB: 082 125 A/C No: 33 114 0403 Ref: Name & SCR
  • RSVP: Monday 19th February, 2019
    John Sullivan -
    Please indicate any specific dietary requirements.

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» January South Coast Run

Sunday 20th January, 2019

Coolangatta Winery Shoalhaven


Our first run for 2019 will be to lunch at the historic Coolangatta Estate Winery, Coolangatta, NSW. The
estate is the site of the first European settlement on the South Coast of New South Wales. It was in
1822, that partners Alexander Berry and Edward Wollstonecraft settled on the foothills of a mountain
named Coolangatta, after obtaining a grant of 10,000 acres and 100 convicts from the NSW Government.
Our route will wind through the back roads of the Southern Highlands before descending through the
picturesque rainforests to the dairy farms surrounding Jamberoo. Before reaching Kiama we will ascend
Saddleback Mountain, spending a short time at the lookout before continuing on to our destination.


  • Information: Craig Walker 0425 320 985 Coolangatta Estate Winery: (02) 4448 7131
  • Start: McDonalds Rosemeadow, Cnr Fitzgibbon Lane & Copperfield Drive, Rosemeadow
  • Meeting At: 8.30am for 9.00am departure
  • Route Details: to be provided at McDonalds
  • Destination: Coolangatta Estate Winery, 1335 Bolong Road, Coolangatta (Shoalhaven)
  • Arrive At Destination: 12:30pm
  • Parking: Plenty of parking available at destination
  • Cost: $42 per person
  • Lunch: Starter plus two course alternate set menu. Self serve tea and coffee. Drinks can be purchased
    from the bar. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Payment To: AMOC bank account to secure your place.
    BSB: 082 125 A/C No: 33 114 0403 Ref: Name & SCR
  • RSVP: Monday 15th January, 2019
    John Sullivan -
    Please indicate any specific dietary requirements.

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» The Bridge to Bridge Christmas Brekky Run

Sunday 2nd December, 2018

estuary restaurant








The last run for the year! This is the traditional run to invite family and friends.The venue has limited us to 50, so get in quick and celebrate the Christmas Season with AMOC.

The December run will begin on the scenic shores of Sydney Harbour at Blues Point Reserve. We will
then wind our way northwards on the "old" Pacific Highway to the beautiful Hawkesbury riverside location of the Estuary Restaurant. The twists and turns of the highway south of the river will certainly provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy the dynamic handling and performance of our Astons!


  • Information: Terry Daly 0418 675 253, Estuary Restaurant: (02) 9985 7881
  • Start: Blues Point Reserve, McMahon's Point, NSW 2060
  • Meeting At: 7.00am for 7.30am departure
  • Route Details: to be provided at the starting point.
  • Destination: Estuary Restaurant (Kangaroo Point), 1420 Pacific Highway, Brooklyn, NSW 2083
  • Arrive At Destination: 9:00am
  • Parking: Available at destination
  • Cost: $35 per person (Sorry, we are limited to a maximum of 50 attendees… 1st in 1st served!)
  • Estuary Big Breakfast: Free-range Organic Eggs Your Way with Bacon, Oven-Roasted
    Tomato, Mushrooms, Fresh Spinach, Crispy Hash Brown & Sourdough Toast.
  • Payment To: AMOC bank account to secure your place.
    BSB: 082 125 A/C No: 33 114 0403 Ref: Name & BtoB
  • RSVP: Monday 26th November
    Michelle Murphy -

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» Bowral Lunch and Drive Day

Sunday 18th November, 2018

AMOC polo group














Our second drive day For November is to the historic Briars Inn in Bowral. The Inn dates back to 1827 when it began as a coaching inn built by William Bowman.

After many changes, it became part of SCEGGS school from 1958 – 1974, before returning to being an inn and subsequent renovations in 1979.
Our lunch will be in the garden conservatory and consist of two courses of local produce something Briars pride themselves on.


  • Details: Craig Moy 0498 080 827
  • Start: Heathcote McDonalds - 1268 Heathcote Rd (corner Princess Hwy) 2233
  • Arrive: 9.00am for 9.30am departure
  • Cost: $58 per person for a 2 course lunch
  • Payment To: AMOC bank account to secure your place.
    BSB: 082 125 A/C No: 33 114 0403 Ref: Name & Bowral
  • RSVP: Monday 12th November
    Michelle Murphy -

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» Brunch Run to Wyong Milk Factory followed by visit to Concours Restorations

Sunday 4th November, 2018

AMOC Concours Sprtscar Restorations











Join us for the first November Sunday Brunch Run to view a magnificent display of Jaguars and Aston Martin's in various stages of Restorations


  • Where: Meeting at McDonald's Pacific Highway, Mt Colah.
  • Time: Meeting at: 9:00am for a 9:30am Departure.
  • Route: Going on an hour's drive via Calga and Yarramalong to the Wyong Milk Factory at 141 Alison Rd Wyong for Brunch at 10.30am
    Then proceeding at 11.45am to
    Concours Sportscar Restorations at 3 Mildon Rd Tuggerah NSW (4k from the Milk Factory)
    Home via the M1
  • RSVP: Wednesday October 31st
    Terry Daly-
    M: 0418 675 253

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» AMOC Annual Day at the Polo

Sunday 14th October, 2018

AMOC polo groupPlease join us for a lovely day under the trees at the historic Windsor Polo Club, a one-hour drive north west of Sydney (65km) The club is a five-minute drive from Richmond town centre.
If the weather is nice it's a lovely place to spend the day.

For those interested in polo this will be an especially good day. The premier teams, including the late Kerry Packer's Ellerston side will compete in two sets of finals on the day: the JK McKay and Winten

If you are new to polo, here is a short video that may serve as a useful introduction,


  • Where: Windsor Polo Club, Lot 303 Old Kurrajong Road, Richmond, NSW 2753
  • Time: Meeting at: 10:00am
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  • Cost: $62 per person including lunch
  • Charity: All profit from the day will be donated to "Rural Aid – buy a bale".
  • Amenities: Chairs will be provided, and toilet facilities are available adjacent to the club house. The Polo Club are supplying Rotundas, separate display parking and a prime position for the Club
  • RSVP: Saturday September 29th
    Michelle Murphy -
    M: 0418 243 033, W: 9181 3177

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» All British Day and Annual AMOC NSW Concours D'Elegance

Sunday 23rd September, 2018

All British Day and Concours 2018

The All British Day and the club’s annual Concours was combined this year as a change. 36 members attended, and 22 vehicles were on display. Arne Schimmelfeder & Sam Movizio judged, with all vehicles of a high standard. Results will be published in next month’s review. This year, the organisers asked clubs to present vehicles that were a "first" in an innovative, mechanical or of a design importance to vehicle development. The club presented Steve Ferris DB6. MKII for Aston Martin Lagonda’s first introduction of an Electronic Fuel Injection System and Andrew Bristow Vanquish as Aston Martin Lagonda’s first introduction of the aluminium/carbon fibre composite chassis.

» August Lunch Run to the Wolgan Valley

Sunday 26th August, 2018

Ine & Ony Resort, Wolgan Valley







On Sunday 26th August, members were greeted with grey skies and some rain, which made the driving the pass to the Wolgan Valley below more challenging but not hazardous. Others took the easy route and stayed the Saturday night to enjoy the pleasures the resort. The food and wine at lunch was amazing, what you expect for a six-star resort. William Barnard’s brand new DB11 V8 Volante and Michael Markiewicz’s lovely DB4 Volante were on display for the resort guests.

» Christmas in July at Peppers Manor House in the Southern Highlands

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd July, 2018

AMOC NSW Christmas In July South Highlands

The Xmas in July weekend began on Friday evening with twelve members staying both nights. The evening was very cold and the warm fire in the drawing room beckoned all for a few drinks before dinner at Krafters.
Saturday was a free day. Following breakfast, it was decided that our Astons needed a run, so we headed to Bundanoon for morning tea and a stroll around the village and then lunch in Moss Vale and Bowral for more shopping.

Saturday night, the club was accommodated with a private dining room and bar, so members gathered at 6:30 for pre-dinner drinks. Fiona Best was given the honour of being Mrs Santa Clause for the Chris Kringle. All present had taken a great deal of care when acquiring their gifts. One particular gift, which was nicknamed Garry, has appeared in club photos and is about to travel the world!

With a lot of humour, the presents circulated the table, and the whole process took most of the evening, which indicates how much laughter and antics were involved. The highlight was the auction of left over gifts and the one-time opportunity to acquire any gift on the night.

To make it an even bigger affair, Andrew Duggan informed us that he had been accepted as a participant in the 2019 "shit box" charity bash rally from Perth to Sydney. It was agreed that all the auction monies would go towards helping Andrew’s donations target. Needless to say, everybody was keen, and bidding was fierce. At the end, the group raised over $3,000.00 together with a donation of a "shit box" car for Andrew to compete in. There were a number of members who "did what was needed" to assist in the fund raising. But what happens on tour, stays on tour.

A few sore heads were at breakfast the next day, but that did not deter people attending the run to Berry via Robertson and some very interesting highland roads. After lunch we had a quick look around the Berry shops before saying our goodbyes. The consensus – it was the best Xmas in July. Many thanks to Michelle organising such a great weekend.

» Night at the Speakeasy 'Rhapsody in Blue'

Saturday 30th June, 2018

Night at the Speakeasy

Our last event for June was a Night at the Speakeasy, Sydney Opera House. 60 plus members and their guests, from AMOC and TSCC combined. Members paired off in groups either dining beforehand or attending evening cocktails after. Seating close to the stage was setup to mimic the Speakeasy Night Clubs of the 1920’s, complete with Burlesque dancers, singers, gangsters and the odd policeman. The climax to the event was a "live" piano rendition of Rhapsody in Blue, by the acclaimed composer George Gershwin, backed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. It was an amazing feat of technology, never attempted with the orchestra before.

» Lunch at Collits' Inn

Sunday 24th June, 2018

Collits Inn

What an absolutely stunning winter’s day for a drive over the Blue Mountains with temperatures at Little Hartley sitting at -3C° at 07:00 am.

Eighty participants from both the Aston Martin Owners Club and the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club met at the Kurrajong village for breakfast/coffee before the ninety-kilometre drive to Collits Inn. The cars assembled ranged from many variants of the Aston Martin the oldest being a DB5 through to the last of the DB9’s as well as several V8 Vantages; a 360 and 430 Ferrari; many variants of the Porsche brand; three Triumph Stag’s; Jaguars of all vintages including two drop dead gorgeous FHC E-types and a few Mark 2’s. Many other makes were also represented.

The route itself was simple; drive over the mountains and turn right onto Hartley Vale Rd in Lithgow. Nine kilometres later you’re at the destination, the Historic Collits Inn. The Inn itself and the several buildings surrounding it are of national significance. Built by Pierce Collits in 1823, initially known as the Golden Fleece. It was the first wayside Inn built west of the Blue Mountains and was sited to service people and stock using the first road that descended Mount York. It has a fascinating history, and anyone interested should just Google Collits Inn. Our group was encouraged to explore the Inn and its surroundings by the current owners.

A great four course lunch was served in the old barn with a log fire burning. Many thought the second chicken course was the main and were somewhat surprised when they had to consume another… a baked diner! Dessert was plentiful with six varieties available for consumption. Some members attempted to try all six.

Most members started leaving around three for the drive home.

All I can say, a great drive to a great location for a great lunch on a great day! And due to public pressure, we will repeat the exercise next year!

» Dinner Meeting - Liqui Moly Presentation

Thursday 21st June, 2018

Liqui Moli June Meeting

The monthly club meeting was held at Liqui Moly, Silverwater with dinner beforehand at Danny’s Café. The staff at Danny’s Café looked after our group of 16 members, with pizza, burgers etc before we moved to the “training area” at Motoractive. Here we were provided a very informative “oils ain’t oils” discussion. It was fascinating to learn how modern oils are manufactured, what additives are added and why, how oils are graded and rated and what oils are best for the various Astons models, old and new.

After our talk, we headed to the showroom where Liqui Moly and Mequiars products were available for purchase including a special club discount of 20%. Needless to say, credit cards were out in force. Terry Daly purchased a range of additives, given that he has a barn full of special cars.

» Burrows Track Day

Wednesday 20th June, 2018

June 2018 Burrows Track Day

A very cold but sunny winters morning greeted eight members and their friends at Sydney Motorsport Park, Burrows Day. This event was sponsored by Trivett Aston Martin. Following registration and drivers briefing, we each prepared ourselves and cars for the group we were assigned to – New Drivers for those who had not attended a Burrows day before or who had little track experience, Intermediate Drivers for those who have track experience and Advanced Drivers for those who have gained a higher level of track experience.
The day started cautiously, as the track was damp, and tyres and brakes needed to warm up. It didn’t take long for the racing line to appear, and drivers were experiencing the thrills of what their car is capable of, on track. The hour is split into three 20-minute sessions for each group, which provides plenty of off track time for a coffee, chat and preparing for the next 20-minute session.

Not every member tracked their Aston – Warren Brown -GT40, Nick Langley -1969 Mustang and Chris Scheffer – Audi. Trivetts were on hand with the latest DB11 V8 for road test drives and the new Rapide S available for on-track test drives, and AML merchandise available for purchase.

» Hunter Valley Lunch

Sunday 20th May, 2018

May Run to the Hunter Valley

To Celebrate National Motoring Heritage Day, we went on a leisurely run up to wine country. Many thanks to Craig Moy for organising this spectacular event.

22 members embarked on an Autumn drive, many braving the cold to embrace the morning air with tops down for the 100 odd Km’s to the Hunter. We left from the old favourite, McDonalds Mt Colah initially on the M1 but soon on to the winding roads of Route 33 through to Wollombi before cutting back through Cessnock and on to our first port of call, Lake’s Folly Winery.

Most of their wine goes to collectors around the world and it is rare to be at the cellar door with stock available. Lake’s Folly is rated the most collectable red and white wine in Australia, quite an achievement given Penfold’s Grange and Henschke’s Hill of Grace are world famous. Fortunately for AMOC NSW our timing was perfect. Manager Sandra and the chief wine maker Rod Kempe, arranged a tour of the facility so we could better understand  how they make their wine. The entire process is done by hand. See their Facebook page for details of the AMOC visit.

After a generous tasting and some boxes filled with take-outs we were off to our lunch spot. Therese and Les Kramer at Emma’s cottage Winery (one of the 7 locations for the Lovedale Long Lunch) had prepared an Aston Martin only (Ok shared with one Honda NSX) parking area, with our own security guard. In addition, one of the local photographers (Simon Mitrovich) also a car buff came along to take pictures. We hope to make these available shortly. His website is listed below.

Lunch was entertaining to say the least, with AMOC unknowingly joining an up-market B&S bush dance party (well into its second day), with dancing and a variety of people in various states of dress, fancy and otherwise. Including the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds!

A fun time was had by all and the venues are willing to welcome us back next year.

May Run to the Hunter Valley

» Auto Salon d'Elegance - Judging Concour & Monthly Meeting

Thursday 19th April, 2018

Auto Salon d'Elegance

Date: Thursday, 19 April 2018
Time: 6:00 pm for 7:30 pm start.
Address: 32 Percy Street Auburn Ph: 9649 3000 M: 0412 022 220
Refreshments: Snacks/Finger Food/ Coffee & Tea Provided
All AMOC NSW Club Members and friends are invited to attend the next club meeting at Spa Auto Salon d'Elegance.
Club member and International Pebble Beach Concour Judge, Sam Movizio will provide guidance on the judging methodology used by AMOC NSW and preparing your car to be a Concours winner. Also learn about seats, trims, waxes and polishes.

Be an expert at brush touching those nasty scratches and chips.
We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP: RSVP no later than 5:00 pm Tuesday 17 April 2018
Email- M: 0418 243 033

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» North South Liaison - Beechworth Weekend

Weekend 13-15th April, 2018

North South Liaison Beachworth

The North/South Liaison began with a leisurely lunch at the Long Track Pantry, Old Hume Highway, Jugiong, a three-hour drive south of Sydney. The further three-hour drive to the Carriage Motor Inn. Beechworth wasn't boring with plenty of highway patrol officers on hand to ensure that 110 kph speed limit wasn't exceeded.

On arrival, we were greeted with a carpark full of Astons as AMOC had exclusive use of the 27-room motel. The motel was in the perfect position to walk to just about everything in Beechworth. Happy hour by the pool at 5:30 pm. By then, the car park was overflowing with 27 Astons. Dinner was 30 metres up the road at the Hibernian Hotel with the 1 kg rump steak the pick of the menu. Afterwards, several members went for a night stroll through Beechworth admiring the many well-lit historical buildings whilst others adjourned to the Historic Press Club for that all-important nightcap!

After Saturday breakfast, it was time to admire the Astons so ably parked and displayed behind the court house by Phil White - a fan type arrangement for a photo shoot. There were 27 highly polished Astons - three DB5s (one from NSW and two from Vic) a DB6, several varieties of the early AMV8s /DBS', a number of DB7s/ DB9s, V8 and V12 Vantages, two Vanquishes and a new black DB11. WIN NEWS arrived and filmed the Astons for the local TV station.

The Beechworth Court was in session for the trial of Ned Kelly. A talk by the museum guide (a Ned Kelly look alike) gave background on the developments of the Beechworth historic precinct. The court house had still been in use until 1989, with minimal modifications, some 131 years of active service. To aid our understanding of Ned's trial, a re-enactment was performed by several AMOC members.

Lunch was at the Red Stag Restaurant in Eurobin. The route took us through beautiful farming valleys in Myrtleford and on to Eurobin. The rain, which had been threatening, arrived as a downpour. It continued to rain heavily during our lunch hiding what was otherwise a stunning view. Grace, the proprietor, gave us an entertaining and enlightening talk about the origins of the restaurant, associated businesses, farming activities and local life, told with wry humour.

After lunch, the run continued to Bright, Mt Beauty, and Yackandandah. The rain had eased in time for happy hour at the motel, providing an excellent opportunity to talk about the day's activities before boarding the bus taking us to dinner at Amulet Vineyard, approximately 20 minutes' drive. The three-course meal and matching wines were superb. The noise level in the room indicated that there was much conviviality amongst the members present. Jim and Angela Tweddle, from WA, gave a talk on the upcoming Aston Martin Nationals. Before we knew it, the bus had returned to take us back to the motel, with some members eager to revisit the Press Club or the local Hotel for a nightcap.

Sunday was a free day. Some members started with an early morning walk around Beechworth, and then on to various places of interest such as the Burke Museum, the Dredge at Eldorado, the Yackandandah Sunday markets or driving to the many surrounding country towns. Happy hour again, to hear what everyone did that day, on what was a very overcast and somewhat gloomy Sunday. The variety of what people did was amazing. Most also took the opportunity to formalise their dinner arrangements with many heading to the beer/pizza bar in the main street. Others revisited the Ox and Hound and the Press Club for that farewell drink or two!

On Monday morning, the first of the Astons to fire up was just on 07:00 am and without looking out the window it was clearly an AMV8. Shortly after, the wonderful sound of a V12 could be heard heading up to the town square. Many stayed and had breakfast in town whilst others headed home by various routes.

Terry Daly

» Mini Shed Tour to Bowral

Sunday 25th March, 2018

Bowral Shed Tour

A wonderful day driving around the roads of the Southern Highlands

Whilst the Aston Martin Red Bull F1 cars were roaring around Albert Park in gloomy Melbourne weather, AMOC NSW and TSCC cars leisurely enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and great driving roads of the Southern Highlands. Throw in the specular views and you couldn’t find a better way to spend a Sunday.
Members met at the truck stop at Pheasants Nest whilst the remaining members joined us at the first stop, Kangaloon. The array of cars varied from a 1965 Ford Cortina GT500 (a car especially built by Ford for the Bathurst 1000) up to the very latest 77 Special Ford Mustang. (Built by Ford Performance Racing to celebrate the one/two victory by Ford in the 1977 Bathurst 1000). Between these we had many variants of Aston Martin, including the increasing rare DB6, a McLaren 650S, several Jaguars, the odd Ferrari, and one of just about any worthwhile car ever made. A fabulous array of Club member’s cars! The price of admission to this car show (and sausage sizzle) was donated to the Westmead Children’s Hospital.

The journey began via the expressway and the picturesque Range Road at Mittagong to our first stop, Rod’s shed at Kangaloon. This “humble” shed rests on 120 acres of magnificent countryside, with 360-degree views to die for! The gardens were simply stunning and photographic opportunities were endless. Did I forget something! Yes, the car collection!

The feature car was a 1963 Ferrari Lusso 250GT (Micron Manufacturing created a special 250GT bottle opener for all the members and the owner) which was parked next to another four Ferraris, the owners favourite being the very latest 488GTB. A Bentley, a rare Rolls Royce, a Porsche GT3RS and a stunning black/silver 1930’s Hispano-Suiza completed the collection. Sorry missed one, a burnt-out shell of what was once a restored sixties Bentley convertible. A very sad tale of how this happened was explained by Rod.

Barry Farr (TSCC President and Book Author) thanked Rod and presented him with an autographed book on the history of early Ferrari’s in Australia. The next hour was spent admiring either the collection, the guesthouse, the gardens or the beautiful view.

The next stop was just over 30 kilometres away. Once again the journey was by way of some very scenic back roads of the Southern Highlands to Miles’s two sheds near Bundanoon. These sheds were in complete contrast to the previous shed being more country barns, than sheds, but it is what they contained that captured the imagination of the members.

The first shed contained about six Minis of various configurations including two Cooper S’s, as well as five (I think) 1950’s Nash’s plus other assortments. Roger and Tess Morgan had arrived early to give Miles a hand cooking hundreds of sausages for the hungry crowd. The Jones’s and Reynold’s were also on hand to assist.

The second shed, the larger of the two, was full of another 30 odd cars of many varieties. I noticed three Bentley’s, a Rolls Royce under restoration , two Thunderbird’s also under restoration, a silver 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible, a pink Cadillac , a black 1955 Cadillac, a double decker bus , a few planes under restoration, in fact , just about everything in this barn was under restoration . As one member said, “about 200 years work!”.

I and many others simply loved the collection and the way it was presented. It was a little like the Barn Find TV shows, but in real-time with a picnic being served in the background.
John Sullivan (AMOC NSW Area Rep) presented Miles with the early Ferrari booked and thanked him for his hospitality.

Unfortunately, for some of the males (or should I be politically correct and say Gender Neutral) the fun didn’t finish there with many of the women (I again repeat and should I again say Gender Neutral) wanting to visit the many beautiful boutiques of Bowral and relieve their partners (I believe I have this politically correct) of their hard earned money.

Several members elected to stay in Mittagong over night at the historic Fitzroy Inn (Circa 1836), to watch the Australian GP and to enjoy a few drinks with dinner at the Bank Restaurant. A funny night was had by all.

Footnote: The owner of the Fitzroy Inn is a member of CAMS and a car nut so the best of attention is assured for any car enthusiast who may wish to stay.