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The Story of the V12 engine for Aston Martin as told by Anthony Musci.

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.

Anthony Musci

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.   

V-12
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Last Call……………….. AMOC Northeast’s Winter Dinner in Watertown MA. 6.30pm Weds, Dec. 4th, 2019

It may be bad news that the warm days of 2019 are behind us, but look on the bright side: it’s time again for the AMOC Northeast Winter Dinner Party! Cozy warmth, good friends, soothing refreshments and wonderful fare.

This year we are at a new venue: on Weds Dec 4 (drinks at 6.30pm and dining at 7.00pm) we will gather for holiday cheer at La Bodega restaurant in Watertown MA (review here). The food is Uruguayan; it arrives at the table in a stream of small dishes: a South American version of Dim Sum or Tapas. And what food: spiced vegetables, a variety of meats (steak, duck, Mangalitsa Ham, goat, …) and Uruguayan empanadas. The meal will be $52 per person. Coffee, dessert and the tip are included. Good wines will flow at $18/glass. Let me know by Nov 27 if you want to join in. Because of the increased available seating this year, do consider inviting a friend or two – they will be most welcome.

The event also promises you more special treats:
— Our own Peter Bourassa will be speaking to us on the remarkable race driver and automotive journalist Denise McCluggage. Peter knew Denise well, and will regale us with amusing anecdotes that bring her energetic character to life
— We will dine in La Bodega’s 1950s sited Amtrak dining car  Now that’s what I call unique surroundings.

https://www.facebook.com/LaBodegabySalts/


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Malcolm Burwell
North East Representative
Aston Martin Owners Club

Lexington MA

cell: +1 781 526 5027
Skype: mcburwell
NE-Representative@AMOCna.org

www.linkedin.com/in/mcburwell

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AMOC Annual Holiday Luncheon & Celebrations – Friday, December 6, 2019

AMOC Annual Holiday Luncheon & Celebrations
Just 2 Weeks Away!

If you have not yet signed up, please do so now, so we can give accurate counts to the venues.

Itinerary of Events

Friday, December 6, 2019
Annual Holiday Luncheon at the

Lincoln Restaurant
12:30pm to 3:30pm to register click on the link

https://amocna.org/product/amoc-north-america-holiday-luncheon-friday-12-6-19-at-the-lincoln-restaurant-lincoln-center/

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Private Guided Tour of The Last Knight Exhibit
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 4pm
Last Knight Tour,

to register click below

https://amocna.org/product/private-guided-tour-of-the-last-knight-exhibit-friday-december-6-2019/

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AMOC Cocktail Hour in the Met’s private Member’s Lounge Bar
Metropolitan Museum of Art

5pm to 7pm

$25 includes all:
– Whiskey, Bourbon, Vodka, Rum, Gin, Scotch Cocktails
– Sparkling, Red & White Wine, Beer, Soda, Juice, Still and Sparkling Water
– cheese platters & bar snacks

Please RSVP – Click Here

https://amocna.org/?post_type=product&p=4247&preview=true

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Saturday, December 7, 2019
Luncheon Cruise on the Bateaux European Style Cruise Ship
Click link

https://amocna.org/product/bateaux-luncheon-cruise-saturday-december-7-2019/
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See each event’s details below
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BRODIE’S 2019 BBQ & CAR COLLECTION

October 12th was a beautiful Fall day. Once again, it was time for Linda and Don Brodie to have their annual BBQ at their home. There were approximately 50 plus members in attendance with about 23 Astons lining the driveway and adjacent street in front of their home. The back yard was setup beautifully and ready to serve their guests. The food was tastefully prepared and special care was taken on special orders. Nothing was overlooked including my favorite, the hot dogs!! They are the best hot dogs I have had in quite sometime.

After the lunch, the members took a ride to see Don’s private car collection. It is something to see as Don’s collection is awe inspiring. In simple terms each car has been restored to nothing short of perfection.

Thank you Don and Linda for graciously hosting the Aston Martin Club and giving for all attended a wonderful afternoon.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/bC1Xe6hL3ACPAR2Z9

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ASTON MARTIN RECEPTION & PARTY JANUARY 24th 2020

Aston Martin Reception & Party

Friday, January 24th 2020, 6:00 – 9:00pm, at
VUE Sarasota Bay- Club Room- (valet included)

Food Bites & Open Bar by Lemon Tree Restaurant
Live Music

Talk: “Aston Martins – A Brief History” by
Nick Candee- AMOC Historian

New Model Presentation – by Aston Martin Tampa Bay and Factory representative
$60/person

Reserve with payment by January 12th
click on link  https://amocna.org/?post_type=product&p=4064&preview=true

Paul.saatsoglou@gmail.com      941-993-9438

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KBVY Beverly Regional Airport Beverly, Massachusetts, USA September 14, 2019

So you like the “feeling-of-flying” that driving an Aston gives you?  Then you are going to love the event that our member Matt Beaulieu has planned for us from 10am-2pm on Saturday September 14.  This is your chance to take the controls of a light aircraft (under professional supervision) for a “discovery flight.”  Costs?  You will pick-up your brunch check directly, and the club has subsidized our individual 15-minutes-of-flying down to $40/head for those taking the controls (passengers fly free).  As aviators can be as young as 12 years old, kids are welcome:  think of the bragging rights they will have when back at school next month.  No previous experience is needed, just a thirst for new sensations.  After reading more details below, let me know if I can add you to the list of attendees.

Location

FAA Identifier: BVY
Lat/Long: 42-35-02.9000N 070-54-58.1000W
42-35.048333N 070-54.968333W
42.5841389,-70.9161389
(estimated)
Elevation: 107.3 ft. / 32.7 m (surveyed)
Variation: 16W (1985)
From city: 3 miles NW of BEVERLY, MA
Time zone: UTC -4 (UTC -5 during Standard Time)
Zip code: 01915

It all starts with a get-ready-to-fly brunch at the C.K. Pearl restaurant in Essex MA.  We will exchange our expectations of flying while enjoying CKP’s simple, yet elegant, traditional fare.  The restaurant overlooks the scenic Essex River.  If the weather-gods cooperate, we will sit outside on the deck and bask in the morning’s sunshine and warm breezes.

After our brunch and mimosas, we will drive the twisty and scenic back-roads for 20 minutes, ending-up at Beverly Airport.  Once there, we will park on the apron at the Avier flight school.  Avier was founded by Matt’s brother, Paul, who will be on-hand to look after us.

Two Piper Archer aircraft will be at our disposal:

On each flight, a professional instructor will take one or two AMOC members up, depending on the mix of those wishing to pilot and those wishing to passenger.  The instructor does the landings and take-offs. You get the controls once the plane is level and safe.

The view of Cape Ann from aloft will be spectacular.

While waiting for your flight, you can grab a light refreshment and continue your conversations with other members outside on the patio or in the lounge.  For those desiring diversion, Matt is arranging entertaining video clips to be streaming in the background.

As an optional bonus, if the flying bug really bites you after your discovery flight, additional flying experiences will be available on the day at an added cost (eg. tour of Boston, flying in a larger Cirrus plane).

Come and make some high altitude memories to cap-off your summer.

Malcolm Burwell

North East Representative

Aston Martin Owners Club

Lexington MA

cell:  +1 781 526 5027

Skype:  mcburwell

NE-Representative@AMOCna.org

www.linkedin.com/in/mcburwell

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AMOC Weekend in Victoria BC July 27-28, 2019 : Recap

Report by: Wyman Lee

Just wanted to share a few photos and a video with your region of our successful AMOC event from last month.   We had 100 guests and 29 Aston Martins attending our Saturday event held on a private 5 acre Stonebridge Equestrian Centre estate.    Notable speakers were Steve McEvoy and Richard Seidlitz.

And on Sunday,  our Astons anchored the start of the 20th anniversary Oak Bay Collector Car Festival where 300 cars were on display for the 15,000 spectators.

Short Video Trailer of Stonebridge event.  https://youtu.be/3913BeFSstQ

Wyman Lee

AMOC Canada West

Assistant Rep – Vancouver Island

Email:  wymanlee@telus.net

Cell:     250.744-9597

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In Memory of Joyce Nixon

 

 

Joyce Nixon, beloved wife of deceased husband Chuck, recently passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 16. Both Joyce and Chuck were longtime members of the Aston Martin Owners Club since 1966.  Known for their beautiful Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark III, both Chuck and Joyce were active racers of their Aston Martin.  Joyce volunteered her time as Editor, publisher and distributor of the AMOC East publication for many years. They created and ran the annual Aston Martin East Coast meet in Limerock Ct. for 10 years.  This event has turned into the largest annual Aston Martin car event in the US. A trophy was created recently for the recognition of their dedication while members of the club. It will be presented annually in appreciation of the dedicated member who is invaluable to the success of the club. This years recipient was awarded to Northeast Area Rep Malcolm Burwell.  The video of this presentation can be viewed on the Facebook site of Phil Sudenfield. Joyce was able to listen to this video and was very appreciative of this recognition for her and Chuck. Unfortunately Chuck passed away 2 weeks before the trophy presentation.  She had a amazing talent for growing beautiful indoor plants and outdoor flowers.  She also had a love for animals including her amazing life-like aquariums and colorful finches.  Both she and Chuck loved their cockatiel named Sam who lived for many years. They were both very active members of Phoenix Landing which is a adoption and education center for parrots.  Their pride and joy was their parrot Paulie who gave them many years of happiness.  At night Paulie slept in his beautiful cage (palace) that Chuck had built for him.  Chuck did beautiful finish carpentry as a hobby.  During the day Paulie was outside his cage and followed Joyce and never let her out of his site.  He gave much happiness to Chuck and Joyce for many years.   He is currently being well taken care of at the Phoenix Landing.  Joyce will always be remembered as a gracious and generous friend to all who knew her.  Her wonderful spirit will be sorely missed.

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LIME ROCK CONCOURS RESULTS JUNE 28, 2019

2019 Lime Rock Concours Results

Class 1 DB2 

  • First Place Don Brodie 1955 DB2/4 Mark I
  • Second Place David Jones 1952 DB2 Drophead 91
  • Third Place Matt Degarmo 1958 DB2/4 Mark III 84

Class 2 DB4,5,6

  • First Place      Jim Munsell 1964 DB5
  • Second Place Richard Kravelich 1961 DB4
  • Third Place    Dennis Sheehan DB4 

Class 3 V8, Virage

  •  First Place    Tom Gibb and Robert Lindgren 1984 V8 Vantage Volante
  • Second Place Wil Wong 1991 Virage
  • Third Place    Steven Silberberg 1976 V8 

 Class 4 DB7, Vanquish

  •  First Place      Bob and Sally Stockman 2003 DB AR1   
  • Second Place  Bob and Paula Smalley 2006 Vanquish S   
  • Third Place     Bob Vigdor 2005 Vanquish S           

Class 5 DB9, Rapide 

  • First Place        James Hanrahan 2011 Rapide
  • Second Place   Roland Westerdahl 2006 DB9 Volante   
  • Third Place      Oliver Cromwell 2005 DB9

Class 6A Vantage 2006-2009

  • First Place      Todd Warren 2009 V8 Vantage 
  • Second Place Lee Goldstein 2008 V8 Vantage Volante
  • Third Place    Marina Bernstein 2009 V8 Vantage

Class 6B Vantage 2010+

  • First Place    CJ Gutch 2012 V8 Vantage
  • Second Place Rick and Liam Hopkins 2011 V8 Vantage Roadster
  • Third Place    Pascal Maeter 2016 V8 Vantage GT

Class 8 DB 11, Vanquish, DBS

  • First Place       Steven Gallant 2009 DBS
  • Second Place  Miguel Hernandez 2019 DBS Superleggera TAG Heuer
  • Third Place     Evan Cygler 2019 DB11 Volante 

Class 9 Elite First Place

  • First Place       James Freeman 1960 DB4 GT
  • Second Place  Don Leo Grande and Kathy Gaffney 1991 Virage
  • Third Place     Kevin Hoben 2002 DB7

Photos Courtesy of Linda Brodie: https://photos.app.goo.gl/sHtCoCwjFZhWijsTA

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Aston Martin Owners Club of North America East

Lime Rock Review June 27 – 29, 2019

LIME ROCK WEEKEND 2019

Written by Bob Mitchell

Don’t misconstrue this as an official, factory-authorized report on the AMOC Annual Lime Rock Weekend. Instead, it’s a subjective, borderline-presumptuous reckoning of one newbie’s experience. If it proves to be mildly entertaining, fine. If it’s provocative enough to get the gentle reader to contribute to this venue, instead of passively reading more of my foolscap, all the better.

This was my third Aston Concours Weekend, my second as an owner. I’m lucky to have sterling friends, who, like Stan Laurel, “got me into this mess,” by allowing me to test-drive their Astons, and, well, you know how that goes. Hooked. I was a non-member guest two years ago, looking to pick your brains and learn about stewardship of these cars. And, save for one person asking, “What’s he doing here ?” I was warmly welcomed, and wholly-tolerated as non-member with a million questions.

Last year’s Meet found me fully-legit, card-carrying and V8 Vantage fully paid-for. The Club had moved from the Interlaken to Troutbrook, but no rooms were available when I signed up. Found a poorly-advertised B & B on a huge hilltop farm, minutes away from the action, hosted by a lovely couple who treated me like a son. I can’t really recommend it, as there’s no a/c, the place has seen better days: it’s an actual working farm. But it’s spotless, quiet, homey, and I was the only guest in a huge tower suite. “Mom” puts out a huge, healthy breakfast, ( well, there are the pastries…) and a hose & bucket are standing at the ready. You can buy far more luxury, but you cannot match the hospitable warmth of those two farmers.

This year’s Weekend began with the “Tour,” which, I’m learning, never really is a rallye, rather, a ramble of wrong roads and random routes. No matter–unless you rely on the pricey, primitive Volvo Nav in your Vantage, whose screen image reminds me of a child’s crude crayon drawing of a road–you will eventually wind up at the destination, “maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life…” ( apologies to Bogie )

I’m an artist, so the Norman Rockwell Museum destination was a special treat. Bespoke parking was pre-arranged for us, and the event was extremely well-managed, with enthusiastic docents, in a lovely setting. Visiting his studio was a thrill. I’m gratified that one of America’s iconic Illustrators is so honored in a first-class museum and repository. A perfect day.

And I cannot say enough about the dinner at Serevan in Amenia, NY. An excellent meal in a lively, convivial setting. I’m currently breathing a bit more life into my AMOC region, and I’d like to plan a destination dinner there. They’re open Thursday to Monday, FYI. Chef Serge Madikians deserves applause. Back to my hilltop eyrie for a rest, to the sounds of coyotes, frogs, and an owl. They all remained outdoors, so I slept well.

Friday dawned bright and clear, and after ano. fine repast, and a wash-up of the Vantage, I motored to the show field. Some say the Interloken lawn was more convivial–I’m too new to opine. Tho’ I saw nary a chair nor shelter that Troutbeck had promised. Hydrate ! Sunblock !

That very same new-ness may explain my sensations at these convocations. And I am quite goggle-eyed, upon seeing all these rare, gorgeous, sculptures “en masse.” I am simply dazzled by all these Astons Martins gathered together. I live in a pretty fancy area of Connecticut, but, still, seeing another of our coven on the road, is rare. And sorta thrilling. To spot a curvaceous, ground-hugging, unadorned, aggressive, unmistakable car, is always scintillating. To be in the presence of a hundred of ’em, concurrent with a “virtual history” of the marque, lined up for our delectation, is an indescribable pleasure. Let’s not even think about trying to describe the sound of these creations ! I cannot imagine growing accustomed to this.

In the “you can’t please everyone” department, I’m noticing an interesting aspect of the Concours judging parameters. As preface, I’m the last person who should critique this. I love all my metal children, but they are all “drivers.” No Trailer Queens for this farm boy. As arbiter of what makes one Aston Martin better than ano., I’m hopeless. They’re all gorgeous ! Tho’ I learned that one owner, who has won a prize at every Concours he’s entered, without exception, has never been recognized, at several Lime Rock weekends. Another pal, who gives his Volante a quick wipe, takes away the Gold, just as often. Maybe other factors are at play, here. It is impossible to please everyone, as stated. That notwithstanding, it is an unalloyed pleasure to view these remarkable cars.

I enjoy the poolside lunch afterwards, and the staff is keen to assure us of good service and a casual, convivial al fresco experience. It is a perfect venue to converse with a range of folks, and I had a great conversation with Malcolm Burwell, who was just awarded a glowing tribute and handsome trophy, in honor of the memory of an equally dedicated contributing founder/member.

It is essential to acknowledge the very special core of selfless volunteers that can assure the success of any Club. I’m glad Malcolm was so recognized.

As for the the Friday night Welcoming Banquet, I never realized a Martini could be so bespoke or refined. The expert barman was as entertaining as informational. A frosty, delicious “learning experience !” As for the meal, the less said the better. Look up the Brit term, “dog’s breakfast.” Thank goodness for the quality & diversity of the attendees. I met fascinating couples, and had a marvelous time.

I’m not a racer; drive like Mr. Magoo on the track, tho’ I’ve enjoyed many indelible experiences on the Lime Rock racetrack, as appreciative, impressed, passenger. Someday I’ll get it together to attend the Saturday track day–maybe next year.

For me, the Lime Rock Weekend is a 3-year Trifecta. I initially attended to learn about the car and it’s stewardship, then joined the Club and enjoyed true participation. To pull this off must be challenging, to say the least. Kathy Gaffney, and whoever assists her, deserves approbation and appreciation. I feel guilty that I can’t name all the worker bees who make this magic happen. Someone should. The cars are indescribable, and the participants are without peer. It’s situated in a beautiful part of the World, an ideal place to get lost on a Tour, and to meet great owners. There are mishaps, but the ambience, venues, enthusiasts, and experiences distill into delight.

Roland Westerdahl photos:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/HE5eiHqrEHzuSY25A The five last pictures in this album are courtesy of “Ed Hyman-Autophotos”