Picture Perfect Autumn Concours at Compton Verney Art Gallery Concludes the AMOC 2016 Season
It was a picture perfect scene at Compton Verney National Art Gallery as AMOC concluded its 2016 season of events on Sunday 25th September with an outstanding Autumn Concours at this beautiful 18th Century mansion with ‘Capability Brown’ landscaped grounds.
Over 50 competitors entered the Concours, showcasing every model era of Aston Martin production from pre-war and 50s classics through to modern Vantage and racing GT cars. The spectacle was enjoyed by around 500 spectators at the nationally accredited and internationally recognised art gallery.
A special feature of the event was the 30th anniversary celebration exhibition of the V8 Zagato, organised by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust. The display brought together nine of only 89 Zagato cars ever built from the partnership between Aston Martin and the prestigious Italian design house. The exhibition is thought to be the world’s largest ever display of these rare Zagato cars. Some of the rarest models included the Vantage, Volante and Vantage Volante Zagato, as well as the latest creation from the partnership, the Vanquish Zagato Concept that was unveiled at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este at Lake Como in May 2016.
Rob Smith, Trustee of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the V8 Zagato anniversary display and are very grateful to the owners who brought their cars from all over the UK to be part of the special exhibition.”
A panel of judges, including Concours organiser and AMOC deputy Chairman, Mark Donoghue, had the difficult task of deciding upon the class winners from the immaculately prepared cars. Club President, Viscountess Diana Downe, presented winners with class trophies at an official prizegiving ceremony that concluded the event.
The Elite Class was awarded to Ron Pearson and his granddaughter Amie with their stunning Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans (2000). Said Ron: “I’d like to thank my granddaughter Amie, who’s been working with me for over 10 years on concours. This is the second time we have won the Elite Class with two different cars and so I’m very proud of her.”
Lady Downe said: “It was a marvelous event in a beautiful location and has been a such a perfect end to a wonderful season of events this year. On behalf of the Club, I’d like to thank all of our Members, staff and volunteers for their support, enthusiasm and dedication throughout the year.”