garrydb7
I have recently been appointed the AMOC Event Manger for our display at the Chris Evans Children in Need CarFest.

As I am sure you are aware, public tickets for both sites sold out within hours of being issued, so needless to say going to be very popular.

The AMOC have been invited to participate in two aspects, namely:

  • Static Display – here a few Club Member cars (probably no more than will be on the AMOC site, and will not move throughout the event.

    [*]Hillclimb display – the AMOC have been asked to provide a few cars for various display themes as a drive up the hill. It is NOT a competitive hillclimb, more of a display drive. These cars will not be part of the Static Display

    The Southern event is at Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire and the Northern event at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire.

    I will be in touch with the local Area reps as a first port of call to request cars, but if you are interested to be part of the Static Display, then please get in contact with Club HQ, and they will forward your details onto me.

    But this is very important - I must point out that any cars at either event must stay on site from a Friday afternoon (being set up) and then collected Sunday around 5pm (being knock down) and NOT MOVE in and out of the Car Fest days. So if you wish to be part of the Static display at either event, your Aston Martin will be on site throughout, and you will have to make travel arrangements (another car to pick you up maybe?) in-between time.

    http://www.carfest.org/
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kittlety
Garry, I am already attending this event and would be very pleased to have my DB6 Vantage in the Static Display. Its in great condition, came 3rd in the Peoples Choice in Bond Event at Beaulieu last weekend (despite not being a AM model thats ever featured in Bond movies!) and as I plan to be on CarFest site from Friday until Sunday with my family it would be great to take my car along too!
I'm not sure who at HQ you would like me to contact or if You will accept this as an expression of my interest in including my car in the AMOC display of members cars?

Thanks
Karl
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garrydb7
Thanks Karl. I will give you a call.
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db7 boy
Garry,  if you organise Car Fest South as well as you did Silverstone it will be another brilliant event - come on chaps give him some support!
I think there may still be space for a few cars so why not mail Garry and offer yours for a day, or the two?
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garrydb7
db7 boy wrote:

Garry,  if you organise Car Fest South as well as you did Silverstone it will be another brilliant event - come on chaps give him some support!
I think there may still be space for a few cars so why not mail Garry and offer yours for a day, or the two?
Thanks Michael!

Part of the problem was the insistence from CarFest South that cars were locked in from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening. Having raised the point that this was unacceptable, I am pleased to announce I have managed to agree with them that cars will be released each evening - so you can get home! This means that cars now must arrive by 8am each day and must not move until 6pm that day. After 6pm, you can leave the site if you wish.

(I am sure I do not need to go into the event in detail for more info can be found on http://www.carfest.org held on Saturday and Sunday of 25/26 August 2012. It is at Laverstoke Farm, Overton, which is to the west of Basingstoke)

As Michael implied, there are still some spaces left and hopefully with movement now allowed at the end of each day, it will be more attractive to Members.  There are two aspects to the Car Fest, and cars are needed for each.

Hillclimb Presentation
As I mentioned before, this is not a competitive event, so do not confuse it with Goodwood FoS. It is a display run presented under various themes. During each theme, seven cars will run up the hill. I may have spaces for the Classic Styling Theme (where I need a DB5) and a 007 Anniversary Theme (where i need a Vanquish, preferably Silver for obvious reasons)

You will be required to be at Car Fest for both Saturday and Sunday for the display runs, and ideally available for a Friday afternoon practice run but this is optional if difficult for you.

I currently have a DB5 and Vanquish already as "maybe's" for some or both days, but I would like a back up. Time is ticking away and I need to firm this up, so if you are interested and have a DB5 or Vanquish, drop me a message.

Static Display
The AMOC have been asked to show seven Member cars as a static display. These will not be part of the Hillclimb Presentation as above. In a dedicated area for the AMOC, you will be required to arrive by 8am each day and not leave until 6pm. If you would like your car to be part of the display, please send me a message and I will get back to you.

This should be a cracking weekend, and I understand Aston Martins themselves are there as well, with, I understand, a showing of the new Vanquish, One-77 and V12 Zagato.

Spaces will be will be allocated on a first come first served and I must point out I do ask for a commitment that you can make it, and not a "maybe" The pressure from the Car Fest organisers is relentless!

I will be at CarFest from Friday to Sunday making sure the wheels run smoothly.
Hope to hear from you soon. Garry
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garrydb7
The Telegraph have a preview of CarFest - link below

Chris Evans gears up for CarFest
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warrior
I am 100% behind this Car Fest initiative, both north and south, and would ask as many of you as possible to attend - display your car if there is space - and hopefully enjoy a new experience  - weather permitting of course!!. When I became chairman one of the comments was that the perception was that AMOC only organised exclusive events for the wealthy. This is a cheaper event for all the family to have a day out and starts to achieve one of the goals I set myself when I was elected which was to find events we could all participate in which were not so expensive.

Gillian and I will be there all weekend with our motorhome and Gillian will be driving up the hill in the maroon DB4GT we race at Silverstone Classic and Classic LeMans. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as we can! Coincidentally Gillian started her motor racing career back in 1971 with Fords and raced in her first championship (Ford Escort Mexicos) with a certain Jody Scheckter who had just come over as a youngster from South Africa and now owns Laverstock Farm - the venue for this Car Fest. They also sell wonderful organic food at the Farm shop!  JG
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Ockyclarke
Garry - is it only AMOC members with the relevant cars that can still attend?
Paul
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garrydb7
Ockyclarke wrote:

Garry - is it only AMOC members with the relevant cars that can still attend?


Anyone with an Aston Martin can take part in the AMOC static display for Saturday and Sunday

I NEED a silver Vanquish to be part of the Hillclimb display for either or both days.
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duncan_wd
O dear I've got a Grey Vanquish and go on Holiday on the 9th
Lifes not a trial run. Do it don't wish it!

Area 9 North West England
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garrydb7
duncan_wd wrote:

O dear I've got a Grey Vanquish and go on Holiday on the 9th


I should point out that the car requirements are for the South event only. North is being dealt with separately by the local Area
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garrydb7
I am delighted to say that we now have all the cars we need for the Static and Hillclimb displays at the Southern event.
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db7 boy
Well done Garry, a whole lot of effort on your behalf as usual.
Good old Tommies, they keep everything on track!! ;D ;D
Have a pilchard.
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garrydb7
db7 boy wrote:

Good old Tommies, they keep everything on track!!


Ah but - are The Generals happy??
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Vulcan
Garry Taylor wrote:

I should point out that the car requirements are for the South event only. North is being dealt with separately by the local Area


I cannot see any reference on this forum about the North event?  I have looked on the Events pages and nothing.  I have looked in the events diary and it isn't even listed there on the 8th and 9th September.  How on earth do you find out what is happening when certain so-called "reps" never bother to use the forum to keep members informed?   The area it is in has nothing in its pages.  The "rep" who is organising it has nothing in that area either.
Garry has obviously put in a great deal of time and effort for the South event.  
Why have the north reps not put anything about the North?  If there is some info, can it be put somewhere we can find it?  We cannot support something we know nothing about.
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garrydb7
I cannot comment on CarFest North as my responsibilities start and finish at South. I understand North is being dealt with by the local Area.

The background spadework on South has been staggering and time consuming. South is now pretty much in place, with 7 Aston Martins for each day as part of the AMOC Static Display, and 4 cars for the Hillclimb, being a DB4GT, DB5, Vanquish and a V8 Lagonda. There will be two Hillclimb demos each day.

I will be there from Friday to Sunday throughout making sure all runs smoothly. Plus I will be camping on the Friday and Saturday  nights so intend to consume adequate alcoholic beverages to aid sleep under canvas..

I am sure I will look back on Monday morning and have a big laugh. Before then I have a lot of shouting and swearing to do..
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garrydb7
All is now in place for Car Fest South, with a lovely line up of Member Aston Martins as part of the Static Display, and four cars ready for the Hillclimb presentations.  We are not allowed to have Club flags and bunting on display (not very tasteful for Mr Evans apparently) but i am sure the cars will provide the colour.

If you use Twitter, I will try to tweet nonsense and some pics over the weekend on @GarryV12

Other than that, I will post here maybe on Sunday evening but certainly on Monday some photos and beautifully crafted words.

I will be there from Friday morning to Sunday. Marc from the Club and Donna from the Trust will be there on the Saturday - so if you are going please come and say Hi and give us a hug
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Webby
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garrydb7
They say you should get out of your comfort zone on a number of occasions. Helps build up your character and test your own limits. And here was an unexpected departure from my comfy pillow for I was on the start line of the CarFest South Hillclimb, ready to do a demo run in the AMHT Lagonda.

Normally that would not have concerned me, for many years ago I pedalled a Caterham up the Wiscombe Hillclimb when the AMOC held such an event. But this was different. CarFest was rumoured to have approximately 15,000 visitors and I am sure they were all there, along the straw barriers, looking at me. If not directly then certainly couldn't miss me and the Wedge as the BBC TV crew were transmitting on the large screens throughout CarFest.  As I waited for the green light, my only thoughts were - Don’t cock this up. Then it was Go.

And CarFest South certainly did go. For in an amazingly short period of time, Radio 2’s Chris Evans and his team really did pull off a staggering first event, held at Jody Scheckter’s Laverstoke Park Farm on 25 & 26 August 2012. The Lagonda was part of the Hillclimb Paddock and rubbed shoulders with amazing machinery such as the Aston Martin One-77, new Vanquish (and that does look very wonderful), V12 Zagato, Ferrari Enzo, Jaguar XKR-S, Le Mans Bentley, Scheckter’s V12 Ferrari, Nick Mason’s car collection and so many more – including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, piloted by Chris Evans himself. Also the paddock was some AMOC Members performing the Hillclimb including Gillian Goldsmith with her DB4 GT and Andrew English with his DB5. These two are seasoned motorsport performers and  it was in their stride. The other two Members were a tad more anxious. Robert Court had his Vanquish and Rodney Smith was to present his DB5. After their runs, both were delighted and it was a pleasure to see huge grins on their faces.

Away from the Paddock, the car clubs were invited to have cars on a fixed display limited to seven cars per day. For both days we had a DB6 Volante and a DB6, and additionally for Saturday an Ulster LM15, DB2, DB4, DB7 and DB7 Vantage.  For Sunday, added were a DB6, 1977 V8, DB7 Vantage Volante, V8 Roadster and DB9 Volante.  During both days, I was pleased to see that owners were showing their cars to the public and allowing some, especially children, to sit in their cars. Thank you very much for doing that. It is this type of engagement that opens up the AMOC.

It wouldn't be a report without mentioning the weather. Despite a couple of very heavy showers about ½ hour a time, Saturday was pleasant. Sunday was sunny, dry and warm throughout and made for a great family atmosphere. One of our Members who stayed throughout the weekend, had additional tickets for his friends and family and made a party out of it – often hitting the sleeping bag about 3am!

So if you are tempted by CarFest North about to be run in a couple of weeks, I understand that the Area rep managing the AMOC involvement, Andrew Forret, still has space for one car. So get out of your bed, get there at 8am, pack some sturdy footwear and have a great time and support Andrew in his efforts. I am sure Andrew will agree with me that the admin and requirements behind CarFest is time consuming and frustrating at times, and I will be pleased to assist if needed.

I do sincerely want to thank all the AMOC Members who support this event. I know the requirements for an 8am start and optional departure at 6pm made a long day and a commitment, but I feel it was worth it, and the feedback so far is that it was. Also thanks to some of the Social Committee and John Goldsmith who pulled together to make this happen at quite short notice.

Finally thanks to the AMHT for the use of the Lagonda. The crowd loved her and many stories were exchanged in the Paddock about the launch and ownership of the Wedge. The Wedge did well and she and the driver didn't cock up.

Have a great time at CarFest North, and give Andrew Forret your backing and assistance.

Garry Taylor
(Here are a few photos and will arrange for some more to be posted soon, plus Youtube links from some videos I did)
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warrior
Well done Garry. Gillian and I thoroughly enjoyed the event and I appreciate the hard work you put in to make it happen. Gillian is now looking forward to Car Fest North which I am sure will be equally good. JG
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garrydb7
For those of you that use Twitter, follow me @GarryV12 where I am posting various photos from CarFest South.

There is a little blue T on the left of this page, under my profile, you can click
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db7 boy
Well done Garry. Have another pilchard Sir.
The event looked amazing when we were there on Friday AM and Beryl and I are glad that all went well for you. As ever, you stepped up to the mark and gave the members something to remember and enjoy.
Good to hear the wedge behaved itself and gave you a grin as well.
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Doctor Houx
Agree it was a fantastic 1st event, and other than getting drowned at the outdoor auction on Saturday, it was fun, fun, fun!

Sorry that my Vanq let you down with its broken front roll bar drop link.............fixed today at Chiltern Aston.  To try to make up for it, here are some other photos, and I promise I will do better next year!

"Racing is life; everything that happens before or after is just waiting."
Steve McQueen.

Frank H. Area 14 (Norfolk) and Le Mans, France.
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garrydb7
Dear Doctor - thanks for posting the pics and also pleased the Vanquish is fixed. I remember you wanted to go but the timing of fixing the car made it difficult. Looks like you had a good time.

Hope to see you at next years Donngton Historic or the Silverstone Classic where I will be doing it all again!
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garrydb7
Andrew English was part of the Hillclimb demo in his lovely DB5, Here is his report in the Daily Telegraph
CarFest review
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