AMOCNA EAST MEETS THE FATHER OF THE V12
A presentation by Anthony Musci on November 2, 2019
Written by Len Levin:
Wil Wong, our NJ area Rep and I were contacted by Anthony Musci, whose brother John is a NJ AMOC member. Anthony was a project engineer at Ford in the 1990s, and tasked with the development of a V12 engine, intended to replace the 6 cylinder supercharged engine, which was the standard in the DB7 at that time. Anthony offered to give a presentation to our AMOC members on the development of that engine.
We thought this was a fine idea for an event, and when we subsequently saw in the October 2018 edition of the monthly AMOC news from England that Anthony was doing this presentation later that month at the Brooklands Museum in England, the idea of doing this here, now was real. It appeared to be of interest to the various AMOC members queried, including Jon Clerk and Lance Evans of Steel Wings who graciously offered their facilities for the venue. This was now a viable and appealing idea, if it would be sufficiently supported. Our events in the PA/NJ area draw from a 4 state area, NY, NJ, PA and DE.
A few weeks after announcing, the advance registrations proved that the event was of significant interest to our AMOC members. We eventually had 56 enrolled attendees. We were “ready to roll” Saturday, November 2, was bright and clear. A perfect day for socializing in the parking area and watch as Aston after Aston rolled in.
In due time, we assembled inside the Steel Wings building for the presentation by Anthony of the design and development of the V12 engine, by Ford in the 1990s. This engine has powered versions of the DB7, Vantage, DB9 and its variants such as the Virage, DBS, Vanquish, One 77, Rapide, Vulcan, as well as the DB11, Superleggera and other cars including theDBR9 and LMP1 race cars at Le Mans. It appeared that Ford might drop Aston Martin due to poor sales of the DB7. Aston Martin might disappear. Anthony was a newly minted engineer at the time, but was able to convince Ford management that a V12 for the Aston Martins would improve sales. It might ( and did ) save the marque. Anthony started a team of three young engineers, including himself as the lead project engineer, that developed the V12 in about 18 months. His presentation to us lasted about an hour, followed by a significant number of questions and comments, indicating that the information had been as interesting as promised.
A buffet lunch followed and afterward there was an opportunity to tour the Steel Wings facilities. Some of the attendees had never been to Steel Wings. They were not disappointed by what they saw. We owe enthusiastic thanks to Jon Clerk and Lance Evans for the use of their facilities and their heroic efforts to make this day interesting and enjoyable, and to Anthony Musci for his terrific presentation.