db7 boy
Full details of the two Tours that have been arranged for the Centenary year are now available for download and booking in the AMOC News and Social News section on the front page of the website.

Preregistration numbers are already over 60 and some members have already paid their deposits this week, so the main Tour already looks set to be a great success.
To enable all our European members to partake, it has been decided to start the main Tour in Strasbourg and end in Reims with a Gala Black Tie Dinner. Planned highlights include a visit to Zagato design studio, a visit to the Mille Miglia Museum with a special guest, a day on Lake Garda and an afternoons exclusive use of the Monza circuit where we can drive our cars sedately just to say "I've driven my car at Monza" or, of course, let the car have it's head and enjoy yourself a little. >

Daily distances have been kept to a minimum to allow cars of all eras to partake and happily there are significant number of overseas members looking to take part. The roads will be among the best driving roads in Europe so do not be mistaken in thinking this is a Motorway route - planning and checking details for the Roadbook is already underway and the Tour promises to be a great experience with some stunning routes and amazing sights to enjoy along the way - as befits a Tour in celebration of 100years of AML.

The second Tour is actually the first to run ???. It is designed to allow members to leave the UK and enjoy a short trip via Belgium, Holland and Germany where a visit to the AML facility at Nurburgring has been arranged before ending up at Strasbourg in time to join the start of the European Tour, or to enjoy the Gala Dinner and leave for home the next day.

Depending on the final numbers we intend to arrange a group discount crossing on Euro Tunnel or a Ferry for those members wishing to drive straight to the start point in Strasbourg. Pricing for both Tours is in Euros and the chosen operator is a fully bonded Travel Agent and specialist Car Rally operator with many years of experience.

Finally, at the request of HQ, please can you pay your deposits by Transfer directly into the Clubs Euro Account? This should ensure that you get the best exchange rate, where applicable, and the Club does not incur any additional currency processing charges.

For full details please download the brochures from the club website.
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Ian Postles
Looks to be a very exciting itinerary - can you confirm that the dates will not clash with the centenary concours?
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db7 boy
I can confirm the dates will NOT clash with the Centenary Concours.
The Tour dates were selected to dovetail with the other planned events but sadly for Mark Donoghue and his team, the Concours plans have been scuppered somewhat and I am told that alternative plans are now being made for an event later in the year rather than immediately before this Tour as was originally planned. I will contact Mark Donoghue and ask him to confirm this for you as well - after all, he is the one that has been working hard trying to sort the Concours and it will deserve support from all of us.
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Ian Postles
I believe they are both going to be fantastic events - and do not want to miss out on either!
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john curtis
I clicked on the page for the details and found it not at all welcoming. Very difficult to read with all the badges and whatnot as a background.
Didn't finish reading it.
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Webby
You must have viewed the page whilst I was editing it John. Try it now, it's much more brits abroad.  ;D
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john curtis
That's better, Webby. I can see what's going on. I thought it was a poor attempt at being arty farty.
The picture of the young man modelling the blouse is a bit blurred though 
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Webby
More of a struggle to fit a pint into a half pint pot than any attempt at continental artsy fartyness. I don't suppose that's a problem that happens often for Brits abroad.  Angel!
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john curtis
I'm just an immigrant.
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TVJL
"All around the world events are being planned to celebrate Bamford and Martin forming the company that would go on to produce the most famous car in the world."

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db7 boy
And you can be sure that AMOC events will be amongst the best of them!
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magic_marker
The event sounds awesome!! I'm not sure I'll be able to commit for the required number of days but I am planning on intercepting in Italy for a day!!
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db7 boy
Magic, we look forward to seeing you in Italy.
The Tour has been designed to allow a member to join for any part of the Tour they fancy doing, although if you can do so it would be great to be there for it all.
We are not taking the "portion only" bookings through HQ but instead you will need to contact the Operators direct for them to book your section for you.
Contact details are on the last page of the brochure.
I have to say that I am personally delighted with the uptake and huge interest in this event - thank you all for your support of SoCom.
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garrydb7
Delighted to see that the Tour has been well received.

I was in the champagne, caviar and Cohiba smoke hazed SoCom Meeting meetings when the Tour was being nailed together, and db7boy (and girl!)  put in a tremendous amount of work into it.

It should prove to be wonderful and memorable.
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magic_marker
db7 boy wrote:

Magic, we look forward to seeing you in Italy.
The Tour has been designed to allow a member to join for any part of the Tour they fancy doing, although if you can do so it would be great to be there for it all.
We are not taking the "portion only" bookings through HQ but instead you will need to contact the Operators direct for them to book your section for you.
Contact details are on the last page of the brochure.
I have to say that I am personally delighted with the uptake and huge interest in this event - thank you all for your support of SoCom.


Many thanks! I will do!
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db7 boy
Garry be quiet!
Everyone will know what fun we have at SoCom meetings if you publish that sort of thing here - the Tommie's in the trench scenario is much better.  gunbarrel!
Actually, come to thing of it I did not know you were at the meeting, possibly because I was too much into the Champagne myself or maybe it was just because of all that dense smoke!  :/
Come to think of it, what was that you were smoking anyway?

Mike.
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magic_marker
db7 boy wrote:

Come to think of it, what was that you were smoking anyway?


Whatever it was, keep some for me
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Rich5ltr
So looking at the brochures etc. on this tour, am I correct in saying that if I'm in the UK then I have to take part in both parts of the tour? i.e. from Ashford to Strasbourg then onward? I'd love to take part but costing it out it looks like it will cost around €10,000 for two of us and I just know my wife will say we can have a couple of weeks in a luxury hotel in the Caribbean for that
Still burning hydrocarbons just for fun! 

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db7 boy
Hi Rich,
No it is not essential to do both Tours.
Some have decided to do both parts and there are 2 because we are conscious of the cost of the longer Tour and wanted to have an opportunity for a shorter lower cost event as well around the same time. It seemed logical to dovetail them to provide our members with the best of options. WE are staring the main event in Strasbourg because it is a European Tour and open to members worldwide, we currently have cars possibly coming from as far afield as USA and Australia to join it.
I suspect many members will drive and start in Strasbourg and once we know how many members are going from the UK direct to Strasbourg it is my intention to arrange to shepherd you across on the Euro tunnel or a Ferry - just like the last trip you came on to Reims. We could probably even drive in convoy to Strasbourg as long as Glynn does not take his mobile so he can call to say please speed up by 10 mph or slow down by 10 mph as my car is not at its sweet spot at 85! ;D
As for the Caribbean, do you want to laze around in the sun, get sand in your hair and drink punch all day? Just imagine there will be no Aston's in sight, no fantastic roads to drive on, no like minded chums to be with or new ones to meet, no chance of receiving a tear jerking photographic CD record to look back on after the event, no track day, OK so you might get a boat ride in a dug out canoe as opposed to a Classic Boat on Lake Garda, no variation in scenery, no mountains to drive up and down, no Stelvio pass, no exhaust note music to enjoy just the sound of steel drums..........I could go on
No seriously Rich, if you want to go to the Caribbean we will miss you both and you will miss a great Tour and besides, the Caribbean is going nowhere but next year is 100 years of AML.
Mike

PS send me a postcard
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Rich5ltr
Wow, you should be a salesman Mike... Oh hang on...

Anyway I'm working on it with the social cttee and the finance cttee and she says yes provided we go to the Caribbean later in the year and... I get the  seats in the Aston reupholstered. Well I've been meaning to do that anyway!  ;D
Still burning hydrocarbons just for fun! 

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db7 boy
Rich,
As you are clearly getting along very well with your Finance Committee, any chance I can interest you in a lovely Motoryacht for that Caribbean holiday - if you need anyone to help show you how to use it I will be happy to do a personal two week hand over and tuition for no charge except board and lodgings..........oh, just one small thing I should mention, this offer does NOT apply in the bl**dy hurricane season! However, see attached image of my suggested boat for you, I currently have one in build and available, it would make a great Christmas present for the Treasurer at Rich's towers.
What a year 2013 is going to be for you at least 2 holidays, a new boat and new seats in the Aston.
Great to have you both aboard again.
Mike.
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db7 boy
By way of a quick update for those undecided about joining us, places are selling well so the take up for this Tour is very good with many members from across the world already having paid their deposits.
Please look at the pdf's of the Tour and booking instructions on the club website for more information on the itinerary and all that is included in this Centenary Tour.
The information will be published in this months AM News so I anticipate a few more bookings from those members not web enabled!
Call Anne Wright at HQ on 01865 400 400 to get your name on the list and reserve a place.
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Rich5ltr
Well my deposit is paid and the seats are being taken out of my car tomorrow (a condition of going) so preparations are underway! Anyone else on the forum booked? Rich...
Still burning hydrocarbons just for fun! 

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XXJ
Deposit in ---- Never been on an organised Tour before but already looking forward to next May.
Be nice to put faces to some of the regular contributors to the forum.
Mike
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db7 boy
NEWS FLASH

We are now already up to 28 paid up members on the Tour as of this morning - some from as far afield as Australia.
This should be a great trip!

XXJ - we will all be wearing AMOC balaclavas so you still won't recognise anybody ;D ;D
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