At approximately 10am on a cool and overcast day, some 12 cars with 18 members and guests assembled at the carpark outside the Burnside Shopping centre. One guest, Tom, drove his recently acquired Superlegerra DBS V12 that was outstanding in its Hyper Red livery – both will be very welcome on future runs (assuming Tom wants to join our Club). Another guest, Mark was somewhat surprised as he was not aware he was joining us on the run until the very last minute. Mark’s son Liam had contacted Area Rep Terry Jones more than 12months earlier about the possibility of driving in an Aston Martin on the occasion of his father’s 60th birthday but those plans were shelved due to the emerging COVID 19 pandemic. A year down the track, Terry contacted Liam and arranged for both of them to join us for our monthly run & lunch that was a secret until the moment Mark saw the assembled group. As it happened, it turned out well because Mark’s birthday was the April 11th, the date of the run. Because Aston Martins rarely seat more than 2 in comfort, Mark first drove with Terry Jones in his 1974 AMV8 and then with former Area Rep, Chris in his V8 Vantage for the return leg and son Liam did the reverse.
The route called for us to exit the carpark and drive up Portrush Road to the start of the Freeway but roadworks on the Freeway caused considerable comgestion and delay on Portrush Road and the lower part of the Freeway that we either had to endure or take the alternative route up Greenhill Rd. Most decided to take the planned route and we endured very slow progress for the first 15minutes or so but once we got past the Heysen tunnels, progress was much better. We exited at Stirling and travelled down Milan Tce to Mylor then through Echunga to Flaxeley and on to Meadows. From there we took Brookman Rd, Range Road and Wickham Hill Road that took us over the ranges to the floor of the valley and onto to Woodstock Winery. Wickham Hill Rd is a lovely way to descend from the hills due to its many sharp turns that are reminiscent of the Alpine roads (in miniature) where the closing scenes of Italian Job were filmed. Terry suggested singing ‘The Self Preservation Society’ on this part of the drive in memory of the classic Mini movie that also featured a DB4 Aston Martin.
Arriving at Woodstock (one of our official sponsors), we again parked on the lovely grassed area under the old gum trees and chatted amongst ourselves, some taking photographs, most enjoying a complimentary glass of bubbles (or Moscato for those who preferred this tipple). There had been brief spells of sunshine during the drive but overall it was quite overcast though we were fortunate not having any rain.
We moved inside to enjoy a feast of platters with all manner of meats, cheeses and pickles and Woodstock also catered for the vegetarians among us (thanks guys). A few more wines were consumed including a very nice Montepulciano that Terry thought vastly better than the Italian version of this wine he had tried a few years earlier. One of the major foods we were treated to was a German pizza style food called Flammkuchen that was served with a variety of toppings including dessert topping – all seemed to enjoy the food and several members advised Terry they thought the meeting was a great success.
At Woodstock we were also met by members Richard Dyson Harvey, Jennifer Garton and Amanda & Darryl who moved to Darwin a few years back but who were back in Adelaide for a brief spell – it was very good to catch up with them again. Accompanying Richard were two Victorian members, Richard and Bronwyn who were made very welcome. We were also lucky to have two new members join us, David and Sandra in their recently acquired V12 Vantage S – another beautiful car in our lineup (see photos). Our group of now 30 odd filled 3 large tables in the restaurant that is just recovering from more than 12 months of depressed trading because of the pandemic and it was great to see a return to more normal operation. The staff were excellent and the Flammkuchens kept coming until we could eat no more. We gradually departed to wend our way home after a lovely long lunch.
The weather in the days before (and after) the planned March event had been perfect with maxima in the mid 20s, cool evenings with a few rainy days earlier that reduced the need to water the gardens.
This was the first time the AMOC SA had held a mid week evening run and so Area Rep, Terry Jones watched with baited breath as the acceptances rolled in. In the end 19 members attended the run in 10 cars and a further 2 members joined us for dinner at the Loca Vore restaurant in Stirling.
The drive was deliberately kept a little shorter than others (some 50km) due to the earlier dusk now we are approaching the end of daylight saving. The roads contained a mix of twists and turns with some straighter roads that allowed us to stretch our cars a little and enjoy the lovely Adelaide Hills.
We started at Tregarthen Reserve, just outside Summertown where Trevor Shepherd (long standing BDC member) came in his DB7 to say hello to comrades he has known/met over many months/years. The drive took us through Uraidla, Carey Gully and Balhanna where we turned left onto the Onkaparinga Valley Rd travelling through Oakbank. We then circled back through Nairne and Littlehampton, skirting Hahndorf before crossing under the motorway, through Aldgate and then to our final stop in Stirling. We had one minor ‘mishap’ on Junction Rd where one member carried straight on instead of stopping, turning right, crossing the railway line then turning left in order to stay on Junction Rd but no harm was done except to the navigator’s ego!
We had the balcony area of the Loca Vore to ourselves and conversation flowed freely as always. A few members took the opportunity to complete Ballot Papers for the upcoming AGM elections to the Committee of Management and these were photographed and emailed directly from the restaurant – the wonders of modern communications! Chris Barron advised of progress with the Stately Affair developments and called for members to advise him of their intentions to attend. He advised that, while this was still 6 months off, bookings needed to be made asap.
Our meals were served and most enjoyed a glass or two of local wines. Terry greatly enjoyed the vegetarian burger with a glass of Hills Sauvignon Blanc and it appeared that all were enjoying their meals too.
Our next run & lunch will be held on Sunday April 11th when we will revert to our normal morning start with lunch finish.
On a very pleasant evening after a warm 33degree day, some 24 members and guests assembled at the Crafers Primary School carpark for the first event of the South Australian Area of the AMOC for 2021.
Area Rep Terry Jones handed out run sheets and advised the run for the evening was almost identical to the run last February but that this year we would be able to see some new growth that is replacing some of the burnt trees that resulted from the Cudlee Creek fires of early 2020.
Terry lead the group of Astons onto Piccadilly Rd heading south across the motorway toward Mylor. Most members followed the route directions through the lovely Adelaide Hills but a few decided to follow Terry instead. This turned out not to be a good idea as Terry became distracted by a phone call from AMOC UK and he missed the left turn onto River Rd. Not much time was lost fortunately and Terry and others rejoined the group almost at the rear but places were recovered later, when turning right into Tanhamera Rd (because of a mistake in the route directions that advised turning left instead of right – oops). Fortunately no-one was unduly confused and the group gathered a few miles later at the Stanley Bridge Tavern in Verdun after the 75km drive with the setting sun glistening on the Hills. We had reserved car parks (‘guarded’ by a brightly dressed local) that allowed good photo opportunities and, after a little discussion of the route, we walked into our private function room for a complimentary glass of Adelaide Hills bubbles.
After the meals had been ordered, Terry addressed the thirty members present (including two visiting from Victoria) and he thanked them for attending and hoped they had enjoyed the run. He also proposed a toast to ‘absent friends’ with Pamela Dyson Harvey, long standing and much loved AMOC member who recently passed away, in the forefront of all member’s minds. Terry then read the email from Richard Furse, AMOC UK, and members were very happy with the message it contained concerning the reinstatement of Bill Griffiths as Australian Rep.
Members settled down to the 2 course meal and lovely Adelaide wines that met with the approval of most and the conversation flowed freely. Terry asked Chris Barron to advise the group on the Stately Affair that was in the early stages of planning. Chris outlined the proposed event that was primarily for Victorian and South Australian AMOC members (though a few NSW members often attended) and he asked us to give serious thought to attending the event in the first week in October.
The meeting came to a close at around 10pm and members wended their way home via the nearby motorway.
On Saturday December 12th, a good turn-out of some 40 members and friends attended the South Australian AMOC run and lunch with the AGM thrown in as a ‘bonus’.
Richard Dyson Harvey organised the whole event including the morning coffee & cakes at Woodstock Winery in McLaren Flat, a run and finally lunch at the Three Brothers pub in nearby Macclesfield – THANK YOU RICHARD.
The day was a warm one (34 degrees) but the shade from the large gum trees at Woodstock provided a welcome relief from the direct sun. The coffee and cake was very tasty and the staff made us all very welcome. Our cars were parked on the lovely grassed area to the side of the restaurant and they made a great sight (see photos).
Area Rep Terry Jones called the meeting to order at 11.30am and he started by providing a ‘year in review’ in which he outlined the eight events we had been able to hold ‘in person’ and the one ‘virtual’ event. Given the pandemic situation that affected so many AMOC areas interstate and overseas, we had much to be thankful for this year. The main event that had to be cancelled was just a month earlier (November) when the whole State was locked down just 3 days before the event date and unfortunately this was a combined one with the local Bentley Driver’s Club and so both clubs missed out. Terry was very sorry about this as he had put in a lot of work organising it but he advised the work wouldn’t be wasted as this was one event he would definitely resurrect in 2021.
The most important function of the AGM was the next item on our agenda – that being the election of the Area Rep for 2021. Terry had already advised members that he was nominating again and that other members who who were also considering nominating were to advise the Returning Officer of their intent. The previous Area Rep, Chris Barron agreed to act in that capacity and he advised no-one had nominated to that time and none responded to his call from those members present and so Chris asked members to vote via a show of hands if they were happy to endorse Terry Jones for the next 12 months. There was an overwhelming vote in favour and no votes against and so Terry was confirmed as Area Rep for the next 12 months.
Terry thanked everyone for their support and promised a full calendar for 2021, subject to restrictions that might be imposed courtesy of COVID.
We were able to try a few of Woodstock’s lovely wines before members departed on the run and finally lunch. Terry Jones was unable to attend the lunch but Assistant Area Rep, Terry Holt took photos and reported that it was a very convivial meeting with lots of good food and company. THANK YOU TERRY H.
A final word from your newly elected Area Rep – MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our members