I was warmly welcomed to the AMOC by Chuck and Joyce Nixon at 1973 Mount Equinox Hillclimb, Vermont, an AMOC/VSCCA event, driving my DB5 1,000 miles East. Early in Aston ownership I met the great Rex. J. Woodgate, president, AML, Inc. who kept Chevy engines from being stuffed into American Astons. I ran that DB5 for 17 years, 60,000 miles, two complete refinishings, and many events. It was followed by a DB4GT, a DB2 DHC, a pair of DB2 coupes, a DB5 project, a DB4 race car, an early wedge Lagonda…
My first race, Road America, was with my DB5, followed by 80+ events. I had fun, and never crashed (though Bambi hit me in Turn 7 at Bridgehampton in 1993). My marriage has survived three Aston engine rebuilds.
I initiated our Lime Rock Silent Auction; 15 events to date have put dollars into our treasury.
I’ve written a few score Aston articles over the years, and…
“Aston Martin in America – Operating Adaptations for the Colonies”, 180 pages of service tips, 99 articles of which I wrote 1/3, Vintage Motorpress, 1983
“The Aston Martin DB4GT” joined by Stephen Archer as co-author, 544 pages. Palawan, 2016.
As master of ceremonies, I conducted our awards dinners as quickly, painlessly as possible, and have spoken on Aston Martin history in Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, Elkhart Lake, and Sarasota. I’ve been blessed by a few awards.
Quoting Dr Welch: “I came for the cars. I stayed for the people.”