Charlie
Hi.....
I'm CJ's father....CJ and I hope to visit Gaydon, Newport Pagnell and AMOC HQ in August of this summer.

I spoke to Webby, who eased some of my fears of "driving on the wrong side of the road" upon our arrival in London. I guess we'll see!
Since this is our frist trip abroad, I was hoping for some suggestions from the local folks on where to stay, what to do, and where to go.
Of course CJ and I must visit the AM factories as well as the club house. but there's so much more to do.

Our intended time frame is about a week....landing in London (here's where suggestions are welcome), staying at a hotel there , then traveling around.

Feel free to email me with any suggestions.
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usvantage
Charlie

Just want to congratulate you on raising a most charming and accomplished young man. CJ has certainly won the forum over.

It also speaks volumes about you that your are willing to fuel his passion with a trip to the Motherland this summer. Hats off to you sir.

Enjoy your trip. In the meantime, it's great to have you both on the AMOC forum!

Mike
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Neil the Vet
And if ever you get to Scotland................................
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HiHoDB6
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh would CJ stand for Charles Junior by any chance??????????
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CJ
HiHoDB6 wrote:

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh would CJ stand for Charles Junior by any chance??????????


Oh, so close! ;D
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usvantage
it must stand for Car Junky
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CJ
HiHo was more on target.
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Geoff_V8
Charlie,

You might want to revise your dates if you can, the Silverstone Classic is the last weekend of July and the featured marque will be Aston Martin!

Silverstone is also roughly in the middle of  a triangle formed by Newport Pagnell, The Barn, and Gaydon, so a visit to all four is relatively easy from a driving point of view.  I also know a great farmhouse B&B not far from the circuit if you need accommodation.

Geoff
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Lordsoandso
Yes you might think about timing the trip for the Goodwood Festival of Speed or a number of other events. You should not waste the chance. I doubt you'll need much help finding things to see in London on a first trip, especially if you plan to travel around a little. Car hot-spots though? Hmm, the dealership on Park Lane, small as it is, deserves a pilgrimage. The Brooklands Museum in Surrey makes for a fine day trip, easily reachable by public transport and a stroll of about a mile - the oldest race circuit in the world and a lovely place. There are model and book specialists close to Covent Garden. Then there's the Area 00 meeting, of course, and you shall be most welcome.

White AM man 
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usvantage
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You might want to revise your dates if you can, the Silverstone Classic is the last weekend of July and the featured marque will be Aston Martin!


Good point. I'm shooting for that myself.

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Charlie
Thanks everyone for your imput...

This should make things easier for CJ and I.

(CJ is NOT Charles Jr. lol) He is a car junkie alright...an Aston Martin car junkie!

You guys have been wonderful with your kind words and offers for my son and I. Thank You. 

The more suggestions for AMOC members the better....and we will concider all of them.
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lml698
Hello to CJ's dad from  a 50's point of view !!!  i would also suggest if you want to see cars in action that a trip out to Loton Park for the AMOC hillclimb will not dissapoint. Should see most types of Aston performing close up.  Lovely venue also  ( Aug 30th)  The Pembrey Race meeting on Aug 13th will also see all the AMOC championship races as well as other  interesting races. There is a possibility of a track day at Pembrey also and if you're lucky you might get a ride in an aston on the circuit if CJ  bribes them with free photo's !!!!!!!!  There is also a Aston championship round at Castle Combe on Aug 28th which is only an hour  plus from london.  Good hotels near there also ( plus golf)
I'm sure you'll have a fine time. 
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Charlie
Now there's a word I'm gald to see...."golf" 
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HiHoDB6
Charlie Junior (I presume) - tell Charlie Senior that he wont have time for golf - with all this travelling and visiting AM 'must see' sights, golf will be an unescessary, time consuming distraction - and you will end up being the caddy - is this what the one in a lifetime visit is supposed to be!!
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Lordsoandso
First of a lifetime, surely? Pembrey is a long trip from London but South Wales is lovely and a trip to Pendine Sands (our 30's equivalent of Salt Lake for speed trials) would be rewarded by the tiny Land Speed museum there. Small events like this have a great club atmosphere, but you might want to aim for at least one big event to  get the most out of the trip. A week may include two weekends however, so you can achieve a lot in a small space of time.
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williamp
To Charles Snr and Charles Jnr,

there is so much to do during the summer in the UK from an automotive perspective. I would actually say it would be easier to ask when are you coming over, and go from  there.

Its also very easy to get about in the UK- nothing is really too far away, and a 2 hour drive covers most of the really good stuff from London easily.

Just cars, or other things as well? As someone else said, there is so much to see and do if you've not been here before.

Must-see:

-Newport Pagnall. No longer Aston HQ, but you can see a lot more here then you can at any other factory simply by arriving- the public road cuts the factory into two, and the security guards are very nice people. You cannot see anything at gaydon unless you can get past security- it is all hidden away, and is not worth a visit unless you are invited. And they wont let you in unless you are invited.

-Go to an AMOC race meeting/ sprint/ hillclimb. Most weekends during the summer.
-the AMOC arranges  factory tours throughout the year. Can this coincide with your visit? Check CJ's January news-sheet, or ask the club for dates and space availability.
-Brooklands. Fantastic museum, for cars and aircraft

No doubt, when you say when you will be here an Area 00 meet will miraculously appear close to your hotel so you can talk cars all night.

For the record, I joined the AMOC when I was 14, and dragged my poor father to all the local club nights and race meetings. Now 28 I have my own Aston. Tell CJ it can be done, but tell him only if he works hard and gets a good job- when he starts dating girls he will need more money then he ever thought possible!

Oh, when all this is done dont forget to book flights and hotels!


As for Golf. Well, you'll see lots of them all over the place. Very popular car the Golf. Is your favourite the GTi?
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mcatlin
CJ is NOT Charles Junior, as has been explained above. Martin
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rhward
Of course, if he is sensible he won't start spending money on girls until he has got his first Aston, at which point he will attract a far superior breed.  He can then marry as quickly as possible and pay off all his debts.
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WolfVaB
Pay off all his debts from having an Aston?  Only if Charles Junior marries into money. 
Once Charles Junior marries, won't he be facing a whole new set of unexpected bills maintaining Mrs. Charles Junior?
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CJ
Lord Brett Sinclair wrote:

CJ is NOT Charles Junior, as has been explained above. Martin


Thanks!

But no one seems to get i
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CJ
To: williamp

Yes, we are coming for the Gaydon tour- the week of Aug. 23. However, we would like to visit as many AM places/events as we can.
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WolfVaB
CJ, I think you've been officially designated as Charles Junior.  Congratulations!  You're almost through the initiation!
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williamp
CJ wrote:

To: williamp

Yes, we are coming for the Gaydon tour- the week of Aug. 23. However, we would like to visit as many AM places/events as we can.


That's excellent news. Here is some other events which you might like:

August 26-27th: le mans endurance race at Donington (www.lmes.net). Last year you had the Le Mans prototypes raicng and also the Cirtek DBR9 (see Feb news sheet page 3 for photo in the rain). That would allow you to see a racing Aston at least. By then, we might have some DBRS9 as well...

Donington is about 1h30 from London (M25 ). Donington also has the museum: the largest collection of F1 cars int he world. Also a few Astons as well (DBR4, and an intersting single cylinder Aston "six" engine to test valve design). http://www.doningtoncollection.com

28th August: a long way from Donington, but the UBS AM championship is racing at Castle Coome, in Wiltshire (along M4, towards bath). Here you will see lots of Astons racing, including lots of DB4/5/V8's. There may be a V8 Zagato out as well, if you're lucky...Always good to watch

From Gaydon on the 23rd, its very simple to pop down to the AMOC HQ. They are quite close, but the motorway junction is odd: you have to leave at the Oxford services. Worth a visit, but call first. You'll probably buy a lot of things as well, as I always seem to! If you've got time, you could also find the ex-DB7 factory in Bloxham, although this now has nothing to do with AM.

Newport Pagnall obviously. You could also play "set off the speed camera" on the same day, as being from the USA you wont be liable to pay any fines/ have points on your licence. If not, a village close to NP called Onley has two AM specialists: Desmond J Smail and Ecurie Bertelli. These are not open to the public, but in the past I have found them more then happy to let an enthusiast have a look around. You might like to phone first, of course...

On the outskirts of London (get there via the London orbital M you have Chiltern Aston and RS Williams. Both are worth a look if you can.  Amazing places. Remember, though: they are not open to the public, so always ask first. From RS Williams you can get to Brooklands quite easily. http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com

Brands Hatch racing circuit near London have not published their calendar yet, so I dont know what it on there yet. Unhappily, there is also no F1 testing at Silverstone during that week.

Centre of London: walk down park Lane. Simple, really. Walk down it. You'll see what I mean. Unhappily the McLaren dealership is no longer there (this was always fun: chatting up the woman enough to let you sit in it. I never managed it, alas). But most other exotica are there.
Also, get off at Glocester road tube station. Find Coys. Again, have a look around.

London is also very good for spotting all manner of cars just driving around.

Coventry (near me in Leicester) has the two fastest cars in the world: the two land speed record cars- Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC. If you're a fan like me, its well worth the pilgremage. Its free as well. Only one Aston on display, though: a DB2/4.

Keep a look out for local events in the news sheet. Every area would be happy to have a "raid" from another member, as I have frequently done.

That should keep you busy for a while. Most of all, have fun!

Will

PS So what DOES the "J" stand for?
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Webby
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PS So what DOES the "J" stand for?


Ooh! Ooh! sir! I know!
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usvantage
No peeking at member forms Roger!
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