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


                        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.   

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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

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

to register click below

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

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Luncheon Cruise on the Bateaux European Style Cruise Ship
Click link
See each event’s details below