SJH
Hi Folks,

Everything is now in place for June 2010 and our fourth 'Gathering'.

Details will be circulated on Saturday 1st August around the same time as next monthly AM News publication.

To receive the circular please email steve@mamlogistics.co.uk

Steve
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SJH
Three places left folks... be quick 

The event will take place in Mid-Wales in June 2010.

The weekend includes accommodation on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th at the AA and Johansens Welsh Spa Hotel of the Year 2008/09. There will be a formal dinner on the Saturday evening, a drive-day and picnic on Sunday followed by a more informal dinner on Sunday evening. Monday will be allocated to enjoying the hotel facilities and homebound journeys.

Included in our deal is a nine-hole golf course, swimming pool, beautiul estate walks with fishing and spa treatments available at extra cost.

Numbers are restricted to twenty-five cars and the event is exclusive to DB7 cars.
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geewizzpip
You won't get a sheep in the back, although in Wales you probably will.
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horatio
I thought that AMOC rules say that all Club events must be open to all members and associates.  We pre-war cognoscenti always have, and welcome, admirers with lesser automobilia, including Aston, at our events - don't we?

Can events therefore be advertised as exclusive in Club journals & websites?

I note that the usual resort to eliminate unwanteds is via booking priorities, or accommodation insufficiencies.

Comment in elucidation from the commisariat perhaps?
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GaryU
This is not an 'official' AMOC event.

It is a gathering of DB7 owners.  And we have a really good time.
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Russell
horatio i think no different to the "VIAGRA" trips we organise outside of the AMOC but includes everyone from AMOC that has a virage derivitive.
this will happen and i dont see whats wrong with it myself. when we went to holland we welcomed anyone with an aston or without one to meet up and join us as long as it was in the  spirit that it was a Virage event.
we met some great people that will be friends of the VIAGRA crowd forever.
aston martine on the strength of that trip decided to own one was the next step and fair play she has. she bought a V8 . wouldnt be any less welcome on the next VIAGRA tour.

Jeroen and Milo organised all the hotels and some were really special and were limited and obvioulsy wanted the Virage owners to take them up quickly.

we have a great time the same as gary.
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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mcatlin
I've organised two DBS V8 owners days in recent years and no one told me I was breaking club rules when I was organising them.
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horatio
To Quote SJH

"Numbers are restricted to twenty-five cars and the event is exclusive to DB7 cars"

I am not suggesting that special interest events should not take place among the club membership, but the word exclusive rankles a bit, particularly when there is included in the programme a drive day & picnic, which presumably need not have the same restrictions as the hotel & dinner arrangements.

I am in no way getting at Steven, who I count among my friends, but I think any tendency to form clubs within the club may well, in time, result in a diminution of the whole.

I was against any move for the pre-war owners to limit their activities to the VSCC, which may well cater more for our interests in some ways, particularly the sporting events.

What I treasure most about the AMOC is the broad church approach, and I would be very sorry if eventually the membership became partisan in its interests
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SJH
Ouch... I'm not into club politics at all so I'll be brief... and general as I already feel a little uncomfortable with the Q&A's although I understand its nothing personal.

It's only 'exclusive' because the guys who attend this event asked for it to be that way... I did ask the question of them all after the first year and they all agreed it should be for this model only and only once a year... I agree in principle and I believe that it is the best formula and it does seem to work.

I take the point that the expression 'exclusive' can come across somewhat clannish or indeed restrictive but that was never the aim if it is indeed the net result.

It really was simply an attempt to pull together a group of like-minded people that own the same model of this particular marque to share stories... a simple posting on the website that has now grown into something a little more involved.

I too love the broad-church of the club (I have attended concours, racing and international tours), and as a previous owner of three other AM cars and a happy passive member for twenty years or so... far from forming clubs within clubs; I cannot imagine anything worse than me getting involved in any official capacity of this or any other club. It just isn't me. Indeed should my enjoyment of the 'Gathering' in the future cease then I would stop handling it overnight without question... likewise if I sold the car... the event would simply have to take on a life of its own... it is only a weekend away after all.

Hope this explains my position and John no problemo'... I guess its what forums are for.

Stephen (... with a 'ph'!) 
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SJH
Full House 

The final place was taken yesterday folks... 25 cars now confirmed.

I've already started taking names for a reserve list in the event that any individual has to cancel. Please get in touch if you would like to be on this list.

Cheers,

Steve
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SJH
A space for next weekend's event has become available.

Saturday 5th - Monday 7th June.

This is not an official club event; merely a meeting of a owners of this particular model. Please PM me if you are interested in taking up this space.

Steve
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wondercat
Superb weekend, thanks to Steve, Jude, John and Pam. Top location, excellent food and most of all great company. Well done.


Paul and Tina.

DB7 the model that saved the marque.
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SJH
Twenty-five couples in twenty-four DB7's enjoyed a fabulous weekend at the excellent Lake Country House Hotel near Brecon in Wales. Sadly the concours winning Vantage Volante of Roger and Lyn Allen-Muncey was unavailable due to a sheared wheel-nut on Friday morning.

From an early i6 driven from Holland by Jos and Lisette Vissers, to a rare Driving Dynamics model... an ex-AML car to concours winning cars... and GT's to a Zagato... we had an excellent turnout.

The hotel proved to a be huge success with many members selecting to arrive early on Saturday to take advantage of the superb all-inclusive facilities... golf, tennis, swimming, spa, fishing or simply enjoying the beautiful grounds of this exquisite and privately owned hotel.

The Saturday evening 'bubbly' reception was followed by an excellent formal dinner before retiring to the lounge to trade more stories of the trials, tribulations and pleasures of "7" ownership since we last met.

Sunday saw the traditional 'follow me if you must'  tour this time into the Brecon Hills. With scheduled visits and dedicated parking at the National Trust gold mines, and the quite magnificent Aberglasny Gardens... where the group enjoyed a super hotel-prepared picnic luncheon. Following lunch we then headed into the real driving section with some fabulous roads including some dramatic single path routes with truly awe-inspired backdrops that simply have to be up there with some of the most impressive in Europe.

Sunday evening socialising was a wonderful BBQ on the front lawn... Laura from the hotel presented Andrew and Dawne Seavers with a bottle of Champagne as the car she would "most like to take home with her". Whilst she didn't get to take the GT home... I believe that Andrew did take Laura for a quick blast in the morning!

John Dickinson remains perplexed to just how his brown envelope 'gift' to Laura did not work, particularly as he had even had his car resprayed as a means-to-an-end to receiving this much coveted prize!

I believe that the inaugural meeting of the DB7 Owners Cigar Club was duly formed on the terrace of the hotel later that evening!

Monday morning was a relaxed and casual start to the day... a chance to say thanks to the outstanding efforts of the management and staff of the hotel, our 'goodbyes' to old friends and new and in our case we headed north to Dolgellau  for even more outstanding driving and scenery before returning back to our beloved Area 9 in the North-West of England.

As with previous years... the sunshine was ever-present and we never saw a Volante roof.

A fantastic weekend... great hotel, great dining, great locations, great driving and great company... oh nearly forgot... the cars were not too bad either!

I'm sure photographs will follow... 
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A5tondb7gt
I'd just like to add our thanks for a great weekend.
Well done to Steve, Jude, John and Pam for a well thought out venue, wonderful food and great company with the most beautiful of cars on proud display.
Better luck next time John. You either need a bigger envelope for Laura or you could pay me a small bung and I'd give your car a quick detail to get rid of those dead flies!
Laura certainly enjoyed the ride judging by the WOW everytime I hit the loud pedal.
I'm sure Terry will provide better snaps but here's a couple from my album.









Thanks again
Andrew and Dawne
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Andre Koneczny
Great pictures... sounds like a wonderful time was had by all.
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SJH
Andre, a real shame you did not make it across the pond... it was a fabulous weekend. I've seen some terrific photo's doing the rounds, so hopefully they get included in this section at some stage.

Lovely car Andrew (A5...) ... I think that is two GT's that have won the bubbly in the past two meets... the previous one was an unusual cherry black coloured car and I cannot recall the first year  ???
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astonished
I've just posted my Picasa set to Andre, Steve, having failed to get them as a set onto the site here. am v happy to put them on if the technical boys can advise on how to get the mthere.
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astonished
Below is the hyperlink to my set of photos from the DB7 Gathering weekend. Hope it works for all to see.


DB7 Gathering Weekend Picasa Album
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Andre Koneczny
Great photos... I counted 21 DB7s, this go around.... Looks like everyone had a great time!!!  Of  course, the cars stole the show!
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astonished
Andre, there were various comings and goings but I think we got up to 24 or 25 DB7s at one stage. And there was a red Audi in amongst us too. For the best of reasons, as Steve has already noted.
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