Sunday, January 19th 6-9pm – Go-karting at Supercharged-e in Wrentham MA with an on-site pub-grub dinner. Fun in high-energy electric karts. The facility opened last year and is the largest indoor multi-level karting track in the world. Fun for grown-ups and thrill-seeking kids alike. https://superchargede.com/
A presentation by Anthony Musci on November 2, 2019
Written by Len Levin:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.