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The Viscountess Downe

President

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The Viscountess Downe

I first heard about Aston Martins when I was taken out by my then boyfriend John Dawnay in his DB2. I soon found myself involved in his racing mainly doing the time keeping at many international races including Le Mans and the Nurburgring.

Our greatest racing triumph was becoming the first British car home at Le Mans in 1982 when we finished 7th overall (the drivers being Michael Salmon, Ray Mallock and Simon Phillips). John was subsequently invited to be President of the AMOC and after he died I was greatly honoured to be asked to follow in his footsteps.

We lived a busy life in both London and in Yorkshire after he inherited the title of Viscount Downe. John soon found that a better way to travel was by helicopter and having bought one we both got our licences on the same day and used it frequently. I myself became a Magistrate and later High Sheriff of North Yorkshire as well as Mayor of the Staple of England. I have very much enjoyed the years I have spent with the club.

 

Richard Jackson 

Richard Jackson

Vice-President and Deputy Chairman

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Richard Jackson

I joined the Aston Martin Owners Club in 1992 having already bought a partly restored DB5 Vantage which required some degree of work to complete to an acceptable standard.

Having very much enjoyed the company of fellow owners through attending Area 14 events in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, I was eventually persuaded to volunteer for the Area Rep’s job during a New Year’s Luncheon meeting in January 1996.

The next five years as Area 14’s Rep proved to be a most interesting and fun pastime, meeting many Club Members from outside our local area, all of which also proved most enjoyable. However, this particular involvement also presented me with the opportunity to become further embroiled in the Club’s affairs.

At the end of 2001 I stood down from the role of Area Rep and was proposed for membership of the Committee of Management and was subsequently awarded a “yes” vote at the first AGM taking place in the new Club HQ at The Barn.

In 2004 I became Deputy Chairman under Michael Urban who was then voted in as Chairman and when he completed his four years, I was voted in as the Club’s Chairman from 2008 to 2012. I eventually became a Vice-President which I consider to be an important privilege in our fine Club. In January 2022, I was voted in again as Deputy Chairman of the Club acting as its Chairman for the time being.

Born and educated in London, and deriving from a military and engineering background, I have always had a fascination for Aston Martin design and engineering excellence coupled with the stunning variations of style and elegance portrayed in many of its world famous models.

Fortunately, my wife and three children all share this enthusiasm for the marque which has allowed me to pursue both a keen interest, ownership and restoration of a unique motor car. Now living near Newmarket and retired from working in my own management consultancy business, which incidentally, specialised in business, people and process development. This involved me in extensive travel, working with some of the world’s leading international companies along with developing many small and startup companies too.

I am happy to be directly involved with the management of the Club again with sole the objective of:

“Making the Aston Martin Owners Club the most respected one-marque car club in the world.”

 

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Claire Gardner

Vice-President

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Peter Sprague 

Peter Sprague

Vice-President

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Peter Sprague

I bought a DB4 used in c.1960. I have been a member of AMOC for over 60 years. Age 34 I organized the rescue of AML Ltd, after it went bankrupt on Christmas eve 1974. Eight months later AML Ltd was out of bankruptcy. I did it because there was no one in the UK who felt it was possible. I did not know enough to agree with them. Google SPRAGUE and ASTON. I was Chairman until 1980. We assembled a team that kept the company alive and created the Lagonda. Alan Curtis, George Minden, Victor Gauntlet, Dennis Flather, Lady Tavistock, Philip Sober, William Towns and the men and women in the factory were part of the team. There were many others not named here. I was proud to be a part of it. AMOC was not involved at all.

Richard Branson's slogan for Virgin Atlantic "More experience than our name suggests". I had more experience than my age implied: in photo Journalism, business and politics.

Visit sprague.com for a few stories including my Aston adventure which was pried out of me by Nick Candee and Don Rose for the AMOC NA magazine Vanguard. The American cowboy humourist, Will Rogers said, “A Stranger is a Friend I haven’t met” Someday I will write a book with that title. I remember the people I have met along the way and the enduring friendships created. The hassles and the accumulated stuff are easily forgotten.

 

Michael Urban 

Michael Urban

Vice-President and Acting Treasurer

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Brian Small 

Brian Small

Club Treasurer

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Brian Small

Brian is 65 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in Nottingham. From January 2004 to October 2018, he was CFO of JD Sports, a major listed retailer. He lives in Worcestershire and is now a non-executive director of three smaller listed companies (Boohoo, Pendragon Motors and Mothercare) as well as being a trustee of a retail charity.

His motoring CV includes ownership of a 2002 Vanquish as well as a 911 GT3 and he is entering his 24th consecutive season of circuit racing, now mainly in MGs in historic motorsport. Other interests include fine dining and travel as well as grandchildren.

 

Andrew Fawkes 

Andrew Fawkes

Communications & Publications

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Andrew Fawkes

Being a fan of Aston Martin cars since childhood, I never thought I'd actually get to own one! I joined the AMOC in 1999 to find out more before taking the plunge and buying a DB6, a car I love and use a lot. We now also have a DB9GT which is similarly used as much as possible.

I became joint Area 4 Rep in 2007 and sole Area 4 Rep in 2011, a position I still hold and enjoy. In 2020 I joined the sub-committees for Marketing and the Club Shop.

My professional background is in marketing and communications, predominantly in retail banking. Whilst I officially retired in 2015, I have since been running a web portal designed to help ‘petrolheads’ get the most from their cars.

I believe that my passion for the brand and the Club, aligned to my experiences professionally and as an Area Rep, will enable me to add value to the AMOC Committee of Management.

I will be eager to ensure that Club membership is and remains fun. In my view, that’s what car clubs are all about.

 

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Richard Furse

Social & Concours

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Richard Furse

Having been on the Committee of Management since mid-2020, I am now even more keen to see if I can contribute in guiding the Club into the next phase of its growth. These changes need to be built on with more resource put into sharing our information and knowledge for our Members. In particular we need to evolve into a worldwide Club that serves our Members wherever they are. We need to improve the offerings we make, both in terms of content and delivery, and rebalance our support to those Members who are not in the UK.

My goal shared by many on the Committee of Management is to be able to quantify and justify the use of Members’ funds item by item in such a way that every Member feels that the Committee of Management has their best interests at heart. We need to invest to grow in areas where we are not strong but should be. We need to develop and grow our electronic offerings for our worldwide audience which means allocating more resource to this.

As a Club we have always been strong in the older AM models and we have now built our resources for DB7 and Vanquish owners, but we need to strengthen our knowledge and offerings for the Gaydon era cars and their owners. It would be my goal to get out to the wider overseas AMOC membership because there is no better feedback than talking to Members on their turf.

 

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Matthew Godfrey

IT

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Matt Godrey

I joined the Club in 2017 after moving out of Central London and needing another car to get me to the train station. Wanting my commute to be a little less mundane and being fonder of older cars I decided that a DB7 would do the job perfectly! I used the Club benefits to get to know what to look out for with my chosen model, made some valuable contacts and even purchased my car from a long-time Member. After I recommissioned my relatively low mileage purchase back to something that could be used daily, I moved back to Central London where I am now a regular at Area 00 events and the DB7 is making shopping less mundane.

In my day job, as a Director of Production Technology for a well-known media entertainment studio, I need to be flexible, agile and open to new technologies. After volunteering to help out on the IT side for the Club for a while, I was co-opted onto the Committee of Management as your current IT Director and I needed to put my skills into use straightaway. During my time at the reins, we have implemented the new Club management system, enabled the HQ staff to efficiently work from home and cleaned up old data that could have posed a security risk to the Club. I would like to continue the work I’ve started to modernise the Club IT systems and make the Club run more efficiently through the use of affordable technology and IT partners who support our goals.

 

Peter Saglietti 

Peter Saglietti

Club Operational Review

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Peter Saglietti

I have been an AMOC Member for over 10 years, Victorian Area Representative for 8 years and currently acting Australian Director on the Committee of Management since mid-2020. In this time, I have gained a considerable insight as to the Club’s operation and challenges we are facing in these uncertain times.

My strong belief is to continue making a positive contribution within the Committee of Management, given my professional expertise gained together with a passion for Aston Martins. Many of our fellow Member’s views, expressed to me, point out that our Club needs to improve on the delivery of benefits and services. I will be advocating for a thorough independent review of the entire Club operations, starting with a clear goal to improve membership values and to grow AMOC as a worldwide club for the benefit and enjoyment of all Members.

 

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Peter Snowdon

Competitions

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Peter Snowdon

Encouraging and supporting racing was a founding objective of the Club in 1935. Whilst times have undoubtedly changed in the 85 years since, be it entry level track days, speed events or full circuit racing, competition remains a core Member benefit.

As Competition Director my aim is to revitalise the competition element with little or no financial support and exposure to the Club. 2021 saw an exciting and innovative new collaboration with AMOC Racing and BRSCC organising and promoting events. This new approach simultaneously provided us with previously unprecedented promotional and marketing opportunities whilst removing the heavy financial exposure of underwriting a racing programme. The Committee of Management are supportive of this strategic plan. Competition and Social Committee are committed to jointly promoting racing and social events as a joint Member benefit. I would ask that Members support the Competition and Social programme planned.

 

David Such 

David Such

Club Shop

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David Such

I have been an active Member since my 18th birthday in 1978 when I joined as an enthusiast owning a Mk1 Cortina that proudly displayed my Owners Club badge. I have been a Member ever since, taking ownership of my first Aston at the age of 22 and in that near 43 years of membership I have been involved in many of the Club’s activities, raced and sprinted with the Club for nearly 25 years and, more recently, have been an active and successful participant in the world of concours. I have also written extensively for AMQ, reporting on Club racing for many years and I’m a very active participant on the AMOC Forum. I have been the Club director with responsibility for the Shop since May 2020.

I am above all focused on what the Club has to offer the ‘ordinary Member’ and take great pride in having run Area 1 for 13 years in total and fostering a very vibrant and enthusiastic group of Aston enthusiasts.

I strongly feel that the Club needs to re-engage with the ordinary member and to involve itself in all aspects of Aston ownership. From those who enjoy the many social events we put on to supporting more of those members who have a technical interest in our cars and who want to support their continued use where there is a clear need for more technical support to keep the more complicated late 20th century cars properly supported now that they have fallen out of the dealer network support, in many cases.

I very much look forward to being able to add my contribution to the CoM in the future..

 

 

Gary Ungless

Director

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Gary Ungless

Through the Aston Martin Owners Club I have met some lifelong friends and had great experiences.

My promise, as a members of the Committee of Management is:

- Your membership fees will always be spent carefully, and only when it benefits the Membership.

- Members will know everything that is going on If asked.

- I will always give an honest open answer to questions.

Tom Westley 

Tom Westley 

AMHT Liaison

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Tom Westley

I have been a passionate car enthusiast all my life, taking Autocar magazine every week since at school and accompanying my Dad to 1960s motor shows at Earls Court! Aston Martins have always been my dream cars and I was lucky enough to be able to buy my first Aston Martin, a used V8, back in 1976 and have never been without one since.

I am a Chartered Engineer and run my own group of successful engineering companies employing more than 300 people. I therefore have experience of working with many people, building constructive and effective teams, and I believe that I have brought some of these skills and knowledge, of business and finance in general, to our Club since joining the Committee of Management in 2014. I have been a regular Concours participant and judge since the 1980s, always enjoying my AMOC membership throughout. For the last few years I have produced our Concours Programme for each event. I enjoy being involved in planning Concours related activities and being able to give something back to our Club and the wider AMOC membership.

Latterly, I have taken responsibility for managing our property interests as well as being the liaison person between AMOC and the Aston Martin Heritage Trust where I am a trustee. I am very keen that good relations are promoted between the Club and Trust and that each can depend on sound financial foundations and mutual cooperation for the best interests of our marque and the whole AMOC membership.

 

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Tjeerd Overdijk

Membership

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Trudy Wride 

Trudi Wride

Company Secretary

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Trudi Wride

I joined the AMOC in 2010 after buying our first Aston, a DB7. Throughout that time we’ve owned a variety of Astons including DB9s, V8 Vantage and latterly a Vanquish. Our fun with the car has been helped by the many activities the club has organised over the years along with the inclusive ethos for anyone who enjoys the cars irrespective of ownership.

My working life began in the Royal Navy as an aircraft mechanic working on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. On leaving the Navy I embarked on a career in management ranging from hospitality and social care to training. As a result I’ve been a director and company secretary, of a number of companies, from training & development, management consultancy and the design and manufacture of analogue electronic music equipment. I’ve been involved in the start-up process of two tech companies and remain a director of an Esports marketing agency focusing on Esports strategy writing. My focus is both corporate governance and IP, for contracts across the MENA region.

For 6 years my husband and I lived in Abu Dhabi and were members of the AMOC in the UAE. I was fortunate to have been asked to organise the very first concours in the UAE which was held at Yas Links overlooking the gulf on one side and the Yas Marina circuit on the other. Now back I’m happy to help the club continue to develop robust membership offering for the future.

 

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Bill Griffiths

Australia

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Bill Griffiths

Australian Barrister, small collection of English motor vehicles including two Astons, the first of which was purchased in 1977. Joined AMOC shortly thereafter!

Involved in all aspects of motorsport and motorsport administration. 

 

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Philip Turle

France

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Wolfgang Bahlmann

Germany

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Bob Welch

North America East

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John Mutlow

USA West

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Vice Presidents

 

Hugh Beckwith

UK

Alan Curtis

UK

Clare Gardner

UK

Richard Jackson

UK

Peter Livanos

Switzerland

George Minden

Canada

Neil Murray

UK

Keith Piper

UK

Manfred Schlick

Germany

Peter Sprague

USA

Michael Urban

UK