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1971 DBS (6-cylinder on Weber carbs)
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The kings DB6 at 2022 Hampton Court concours
  • 1 Feb 2024 7:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    AstonOwners.com is attending its first UK national show.  We have been allocated a large stand at the NEC for the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham.  

    The show runs for 3 days from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March 2024.

    Visit us on stand 3-285. This stand is opposite the auction so we expect a lot of interest. We are busy designing our stand and have  organised a couple of attractive Astons. In keeping with the Practical Classic theme we will be demonstrating both the printing of 3D spare parts and the diagnosing and repair of Electronic modules.

    With lots of real technical experts on our stand it will be well worth a visit if you are interested in keeping your Aston on the road.

    Subscribers save £3 off adult day tickets and £2 off child, family or multi-day tickets booked in advance.  Use the club discount code  S24CC883.



  • 28 Nov 2023 8:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Winter is coming, and with those long trips to visit relatives for Christmas it is essential to check the weather en-route.   AstonOwners.com provide this service free to our subscribers using our Driving Weather page

    There are Apps out there that allow you to do this, and at first glance some of those even appear to be free, but you usually need a subscription for them to work properly, and you only find this out after spending time learning how to use it. ( The dreaded In App Purchase trap! ) 

    Subscribers are able to plan a route using Google Maps to which AstonOwners.com add the forecast along the route.  You end up with a map like the one below.  Useful features provided are:

    • Set a departure time and get timed forecasts along the whole route.
    • View a detailed listing of all the forecasts along the route.  (This includes weather warnings and snow depth)    
    • A 7-day forecast is  available for both the start and end locations.  
    • Quickly choose the start and end locations from Google's extensive 'Places' database and/or our Aston-friendly places database  
    • Once you have your route you can send the directions to your phone's  Google maps App and get the verbal instructions from the nice Google lady....

    For a long trip that covers changes in altitude and geography, this is an invaluable service provided free by AstonOwners.com.   

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  • 7 Oct 2023 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    (Photo: RAF)

    A chance conversation over a rather special dinner at the Guildhall in London in June 2023, resulted in an amazing day out for 50 AstonOwners.com subscribers.

    Anthony King had kindly invited Gillian and I along to a gala dinner to celebrate his election to the Worshipful Company of Coach Makers and Coach Harness Makers. The warm summer evening had a motor racing theme with several luminaries – and a few cars - of the Le Mans-24 Hours Race present (Derek Bell, Andy Wallace, Martin Brundle, et al). I found myself sat next to the Executive Officer of RAF Brize Norton, Jim Davies. His interest in Aston Martins and mine in military aircraft soon resulted in an idea to bring the two together.

    Roll forward to late September and plans were in place for a rather special day out, all in support of Services Charities, including the RAF Benevolent Fund. More on that later.

    The day consisted of mustering at The Classic Motor Hub in Bibury for a delicious breakfast and some well-deserved coffee, many of the attendees having driven well over 100 miles to get there. Fortunately, the sun shone, even if the roads were a little damp from overnight rain and in some cases decorated by farming activities, to put it politely.


    • Our day started with breakfast at the Classic Motor Hub in Bibury


    • There was time enough only for a quick look around there – with thoughts for many of going back another day – before 25 Astons set off for RAF Brize Norton, about 30 minutes’ drive away.

      There was a little fun trying to find the gate, too much for satnavs it would seem. As Gillian said, “the RAF can plan flights of aircraft to pass over Buckingham Palace with to-the-second accuracy and we couldn’t arrive at their gate on time”. C’est la vie, as we say in Oxfordshire!

      After the anti-explosives sniffer dogs had allowed us to pass, we convoyed to our first photo stop: in front of the huge A400M Atlas transport aircraft. What an impressive piece of kit that is! The RAF’s professional photographer took shots of each car and its occupants before we parked up at our designated reception centre where my contact and organiser of our day, Sqn. Ldr. Jamie Garrett, welcomed us and outlined the plan:


    • Tea, coffee, biscuits, souvenir shop and (unexpected) goody bags, plus my opportunity to sell raffle tickets to win items that nearly every driver had donated… there were almost more prizes than people!
    • Split into groups to have a look inside the aircraft’s immense loading bay and upstairs to the unexpectedly spacious cockpit. It’s at this point that we discovered we could, after all, take photographs… great news, although on previous instructions, some cameras/phones were left in cars.
    • Group photo of the cars with and without occupants at the rear of the aircraft.
    • Escort off the air station to continue our adventures.

    Our tour of the Atlas included chatting with a load master and witnessing the ramp operation. We then sat in the cockpit seats as the controls were explained to us (thankfully, in layman’s language). Our view from there included ‘real time’ through the windscreens, ‘virtual’ via the on-board screen and ‘head up’ through the pilot/co-pilot displays. All the while, the remaining cars were being photographed outside so that no time was wasted and our visit zinged along apace.


    An unusual view from the cockpit of the A400(M) Atlas... Brian Small's Vanquish and Dean Taylor's DB4.

    Herding people and cars into position was a job for the military!

    Gillian and Andrew Fawkes's 1978 V8 is hardly camouflaged!

    Jamie had put the word out so that his classic/sports car owning colleagues might come along. Consequently, our convoy to the aircraft was led by a gorgeous original Fiat 500 (not an official RAF car!) and our departure was led by Jamie’s fabulous Mini 850 DeLuxe that was owned by his grandfather… Jamie’s relationship with that car and his efforts to restore its magnificence is a story worthy of a classic car magazine. If anyone has a photo of those convoys, we’d love to see them.


    The stunning 1960 Mini 850 DeLux owned by our host, Jamie Garrett, and previously his grandad

    Further surprises included the Aston Martin Bristol team being invited to photograph the latest DB12 and DBX models at the loading ramp of the Atlas, no doubt a great shot for their PR, and both Jamie and I being interviewed for BFBS Radio… not something I’d prepared for!


    The DBX of Aston Martin Bristol will fit easily in there... and cope with the otherwise Aston-unfriendly ramp lip!                (Photo: Aston Martin Bristol)

    Our waved cheerios as we departed RAF Brize Norton were followed by the short drive to Little Bampton where we were welcomed by Steve of Alpine Eagle Restorations, a business that focuses mainly on vintage Rolls Royce and Bentley cars. There was a lovely selection of completed cars and work-in-progress to wander around. Alpine Eagle is one of many small specialist businesses focussed on the classic car world at that location. All had agreed to us parking there (thankfully) and to show us around their facilities.


    Our host, Steve, runs Alpine Eagle Restorations who focus mainly on vintage Rolls Royce and Bentley cars

    The M.B. Shop restores classic Mercedes Benz cars. Owner, Krasimir Kremakov, waxed lyrical about the cars and the processes involved in their renovation and maintenance.


    Krasimir Kremakov (in short sleeves) explains the processes he employs to turn rusting hulks into award winning classic Mercedes

    We then wandered to JL Historics where hugely enthusiastic apprentice, Tom Mika, showed us both the cars being worked on (from Zagato Alfa to Healey and pre-war Singer) and the machinery and techniques he employs. We spent a good while discussing the ‘English’ wheel before leaving there for our base, the Minster Mill Hotel.


    JL Historics' apprentice, Tom Mika, explains how he's going to turn this rough piece of aluminium bodywork into a beautiful fender

    That evening we were joined for dinner by Jamie and the station’s senior chaplain, Rev (Grp. Capt.) Colin Weir who kindly offered to open proceeding by saying Grace. It was brilliantly penned and delivered, so much so that it received a round of applause rather than the usual Amen!

    A few toasts during the minimal formalities included ‘absent friends’, both for its wider context and by name for Anthony and Jim who had inspired the event but couldn’t be there on the day. Another celebration was Su’s ‘special’ birthday that she made sure we all knew she was enjoying… brilliant!


    Birthday girl, Su Williams, smiles (not just) for the camera

    Clockwise from left: Liz Jaehme, Beverley and Mike Jones, Sara Parry, Dave and Sarah Bryers, Gillian and Andrew Fawkes
    (photo: Su Williams)


    Clockwise from left: Gary Ungless, Rex Thornborough, Kevin Hawney, Rev. Colin Weir RAF, Jamie Garrett RAF, Brian Small, Kevin Hall, Liz Ungless, Gill Print   (photo: Su Williams)


    Clockwise from left: Racheal and Lloyd Parker, Janet and John Rees, Laura and Rod Baker, Rob Parry, Angela and Richard Newberry   (photo: Su Williams)

    Clockwise from left: LLoyd Berger, Kaz and Adrian Stanway, Sally and Steve Richards, David Such, Tanya Pritchard, Neil Woodward  (photo: Su Williams)

    Jamie Garrett, centre, is about to receive a gift from the group from organiser, Andrew Fawkes (R) as Rev. Colin Weir looks on.
    Clearly, the respective organisers got the message about dress code!

    Departures for home on the following day included a visit for 10 of us to the relatively small but comprehensive Atwell Wilson Motor Museum in Calne, Wiltshire. Again, we were welcomed warmly, this time with home-made cakes, before our informal tour and onwards home.


    Atwell Wilson Motor Museum Director, Paul Ellis, explains the history of the museum and the route around the displays

    Totting up the various donations and raffle ticket sales revealed that our collective efforts had raised the huge sum of £2,600 for Services charities. Truly a high note to end on.

    Thank you all for being there, for contributing and for making the event so memorable.


    The happy troop before departing RAF Brize Norton.
    Far left is Rex's 'stealth Aston', a last minute replacement for his sulking Vanquish!
    (photo: RAF)

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    Footnote: Each car received a lovely surprise goody bag gift from our RAF hosts:


    Duck Chinuck (or is that Dook Chinook?) bath toy enjoys a different type of bathing.

    That's all folks!

  • 26 May 2023 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AstonOwners.com has become a full trade supporter of the FBHVC. We feel that this is a very good use of some of our subscription income. 

    The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) in Europe.
     
    There are over 540 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual and trade supporters.

    A very worthy organisation.


  • 11 Apr 2023 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We found this road when looking for a break from the main IC1 road to Portimao.

    If heading South to Portimao on the IC1 leave at the sign for Monchique.

    Follow the Monchique signs turning left over the small railway track onto the N267.

    Stay on the N267 for about 17miles towards Monchique.  This is a quite tree lined road with some viewing stops.

    Monchique is a pretty little town in the mountain range of Serra de Monchique about 30 minutes drive from Portimao.  If you head for the centre you will arrive at a cobbled square with a few cafes for a stop off.

    Or you can continue by turning left by the fountain in the main square and follow the sign to Foia to take the N266-3 towards Foia. 

    This will take you up a steep hill where you will find the restaurant  Luar da Foia.  There is parking in front and a small car park over the road.  From the outside this looks like any other cafe/bar but walk through and there is a terrace with the most amazing views over the valley below.  Even though it was lunchtime they were happy to serve us a coffee and cake.

    From here we re-traced our route back to the centre and followed the Portimao signs to take us onto the N-266 to Portimao. Another scenic road that inevitably ends up in a more built up area as you approach Portimao.

    The view from the cafe terrace...


    More viewing stops


  • 11 Apr 2023 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If travelling from Santander take exit 272 from the A8 towards Unquare/Panes/Potes/Picos de Europa to join the N-621.

    The first section of the road is sweeping bends through villages but soon starts to give you views of the mountains ahead. After Panes the bends become tighter and the road follows the river.  

    After entering Potes the road bends to the left signed N-621 La Vega, but we recommend continuing straight on into the centre of Potes following the road to the right over the bridge were you will find a large free car park.  There are plenty of cafes and shops here to take a break.

    Turning right out of the carpark will take you along to the Picos Mountains where the road ends at the Parador de Fuente Dé (see Aston friendly places) and a cable car to the top.  

    If you retrace your steps to the junction for the N-621 you will be rewarded with around 50 miles of bending mountain roads with several viewing points to stop and admire the view. 

    From the top the road continues to bend around through tunnels and across a river ending at Cisterierna.

    A few views you can enjoy along the road:









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