Rambo
Just realised my DB7 will be 25 years old next year, so, as it was one of the first, it is 25th anniversary of the model!
Does club have anything planned to mark the occasion or even should we?

Just a thought, David.
David R.
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philmw
Yes, first production cars were 1994.  Mine was 009.
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Bournemouthboy
I definitely think we should celebrate it, with something like the biggest gathering of 7s. Maybe the weekenders could join in? 
 
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Flashcat
Most certainly worth a big celebration, after all it’s the car that saved Aston Martin!

How about Brooklands Museum for a location?

Flash
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peterxjs
Mines 20 years old Brooklands would be a great meeting place 
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pjmnppg
The biggest gathering I know of so far was the DB7 celebration day at Newport Pagnell in Oct 2008 - 146 cars
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Charley Farley
Definitely should be doing something to celebrate and have a drive out for the day. Should some contact AM and see if their marketing department want to help organise an event?
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Purest Green
It sounds like a fantastic idea to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the DB7.

However, to pull this off will require at least one DB7 owner to take the initiative and drive the project to make it happen.

(Please bear in mind that 2019 is also the 60th anniversary of the Le Mans/TT/World Sportscar Championship win, so I suspect that AML's "anniversary" focus will be on that.)

Would anyone here like to volunteer to lead the charge?
Jamie A.
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Rambo
Thinking on this subject, I wondered just how many AMOC members own a DB7 and where are they geographically located? It's the sort of info a Model Registrar would have. Do we have such people within the club?

Not wishing to anyway decry the great historical events of 1959, they do get celebrated every 10 years at least, if the club doesn't have the will or the capacity to recognize the DB7 25th then I guess the next time it might well be is 2044 and I for one am almost certainly not going to be around!
David R.
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Purest Green
"...if the club doesn't have the will or the capacity to recognize the DB7 25th..."

Rambo - you write as if the Club is a) aware of the 25th anniversary and b) has made some kind of decision. You also misread my posting which suggested AML would be focusing on the 1959 anniversary. I didn't even mention AMOC.

You should assume that AMOC is not necessarily aware of the DB7 25th anniversary and it's up to you (members and DB7 owners) to make sure the Club is aware; ask/propose whether there is an AMOC event (e.g Spring or Autumn Concours) that could include a DB7 Anniversary Celebration; and, ultimately, volunteer to assist in putting that together. If there isn't an obvious AMOC event on which to "piggy back", there is nothing stopping you arranging a unique event yourself.

What I am trying to say is that these kind of anniversary events do not just happen on their own. They require AMOC members/owners to volunteer to take the lead, as well as assist.

Is anyone willing to step forward to take the lead?

Jamie
Jamie A.
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Rambo
Sorry Jamie, didn’t mean to upset anyone and Yes, must have misread your post!
David R.
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Bournemouthboy
I am about to take on a new contract so cant commit to taking the lead but happy to assist.

Cliff - Can you speak to Brooklands as a Venue?
 
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Flashcat
Ray,

Yes as a DB 6 owner I’m quite happy to speak to Brooklands about this, any Aston event is good by me!

Not to mention that I do love the shape and lines of DB 7s, beautiful little car from every angle.....

Let’s see how the interest for an event shapes up, dates etc; and go from there, 25th anniversary is good for any model especially Aston Martin and what they have been through over the years, and still going!

Flash
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DB PHiL
What about going back to Buscot Park where the DB7's 10th birthday was celebrated back in 2003

[wink]

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jonm
Or Silverstone where the 20th anniversary was celebrated in 2014 ;-)
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Tim M
Donington Historic Festival is also a possible.
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Bournemouthboy
Beaulieu are interested, they may do something as part of Simply Aston. I have asked about a Simply DB7 and or a special gathering at the SuperCar weekend. 

For the other sites mentioned could people see what the requirements would be to have something there? 
 
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David Lewington
We would be very pleased to publish a feature in AM Quarterly to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, either a report on whatever events take place next year, or something about the cars themselves, or both. Someone will have to do the writing and provide the photos of course.
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ChrisFe
What about Bloxham? Enquires can be made to try and obtain permission from the current occupiers to allow a small group to visit the old factory. It will depend on numbers as I understand that the current car park holds about 40 or so cars. We could then possibly move to a second location (Buscot?) if the event grew.
Kindest regards.

Chris F
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John Purser
The Bloxham Mill factory building now has at least a dozen different tenants in separate units ranging from the printers, Helix (who repair classic cars) to office suites.
My thought was to have a caterer with a coffee and bacon sandwich stall set up outside the building, with a photo opportunity for cars visiting their maternity unit, before they went on somewhere else to park up
and socialise.
Planning for numbers is important - I would have thought a 'target' of 150 cars was feasible. A caterer won't turn out unless there is going to be a chance of reasonable turnover. There must be 4,000 cars about the UK, but the Club would have to provide analysis of who is a Member and has stated they own a DB7. PistonHeads is another source of interested owners.

Burcot is National Trust and is an hour further south.
Quite a bit nearer is another NT property, Chastleton, (between Chipping Norton and Moreton in Marsh) which may be able to provide a location (and there may be others, I only mention NT properties because if asked nicely, they may let us monopolise the car park or an extension of it without charging more than the carpark fee.) Privately owned stately homes rely on gigs like this for an income when not doing weddings. All the places (NT, English Heritage, Historic Houses) are finalising programmes for 2019.
I stress, I've only contacted Brooklands and fed their date back to others interested. But unless dates and locations are fixed, it all becomes more difficult that it should be..... 

Brooklands have (or had last week) one 'spare' Saturday, July 27th : every other weekend has an event arranged, March to November.
Beaulieu has great facilities but is very far south and I understood the idea was to make it as driver friendly as possible for "our friends from the North", or for that matter, the east.

I'd feel a 25th birthday party would lose a bit of the purpose without a nod to Bloxham, or by having separate 'north' and 'south' events.
But I stress all this is just my view. I have no role in the Club or Trust now.

 
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Flashcat
John,

Thanks for getting the anniversary event research this far, I’m a DB 6 owner could I or other model Aston owners come along to enjoy the day?

The Brooklands July date is I believe pretty much perfect and would be for whatever location is chosen.

Flash
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Bournemouthboy
Hi John

Thanks for your input.

While you have been posting I have placed an enquiry with Buscot as to staging an event there.

I agree that the more central the location the greater potential for people to attend. 

For the moment this is not a formal event but I believe the club may well be discussing it soon. 

Happy for any and everyone to contact any venues that they feel maybe suitable. 
 
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John Purser
I could be flippant and say you'd have to chalk "+1" on a DB6....[biggrin]
In principle, I believe no event should be an absolute closed shop : if other owners / members of the public want to come along, that has always been fine by me when I was doing a lot more organising.
Even the DB4 50th at Newport Pagnell had other interested AM owners/members come along. The DB7 Wanderers have had the occasional 'visiting' model. I've got far more irritated when members turned up in an Aston Martin disguised as an Austin Mini and demanded a parking space in the front row and a free lunch.
It's just important to keep the focus on the day, though, otherwise it could just be piggybacked onto an existing AMOC event. Saves a bit of organisation, but detracts from the 'unique' feel to the day. Note, 'unique', not 'exclusive'.
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John Purser
For the moment this is not a formal event but I believe the club may well be discussing it soon
Quite happy to step back.
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John Purser
Although this is quite a small group, would it be helpful to the Club to see a straw poll of what floats readers' boats for this ?
I'm not sure if I can attach a 'poll' - hopefully someone could ?

Suggested questions :
a) have an 'official' event or DIY ?
b) involve Bloxham ?
c) suggested date (s) ?


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