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Despite its modest size, Brands Hatch is an iconic track. It has been home to racing since 1926 (pre-tarmac). Its history includes being host to F1 from 1964 and 1986. On this Saturday (13 August 2016) it was home to AMOC Racing. It was the fifth meeting of 2016 and the third I attended. It’s a combination I simply cannot resist: a lovely venue, several cars of my favourite marque and a great club. And this time there was a bonus…

As before there were several other marques on track throughout the day, providing a wonderful diverse display of cars of various times. I can only assume there are more than just Astons on track because there are simply not enough of them to fill the entire programme (if anyone knows otherwise, please let me know). Any chance to race given to anyone I would consider a good thing. It might just introduce AMOC Racing to fans of other marques and non-Aston Martins to Aston Martin fans. After all, we share a passion for cars and racing.


The BMW M3 GT4 of Jeremy Cooke and Mike Dowd during the Aston Martin GT Challenge.
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The weather couldn’t quite make its mind up (then sunny, then overcast, but thankfully always dry!), but that didn’t deter the masses. Maybe it is because this is not the biggest of venues, but it felt a bit busy. Because I was there by invitation I saw a little bit less of the track action than normal. You know: places to go, people to see.

What I did see was, once again, close and passionate racing. It is always great to see cars go nose to tail through the corners; or even side by side! When you hear the commentators calculate, lap by lap, how close cars are, you know a pit stop can and will make the difference between winning or coming in second. Edge of your seat stuff!


Robin Marriott’s Aston Martin GT4 (with tape and all!) during the Aston Martin GT Challenge.
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During lunch there was a track parade. That’s where my bonus comes in.
I was a passenger in a beautiful dark green DB7. And it was awesome. It’s hard to describe what it feels like to be on the track in a gorgeous and luxurious car between a large number (an estimated 70) of cars of similar description. To see the stunning DB9, Vanquish S and DBS in front and know there are DB4s behind you, to name but a few. To hear the V8 nearby when everyone speeds down the pit straight. That feeling when the car accelerates and you get pushed in your seat and then the slight movement forward under braking, the car’s nose going down. And this isn’t racing, this is just a bit of fun.
I guess a love for cars is required to understand the grin and goosebumps this causes.


Nicholas King’s Aston Martin DB4
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What more can I say? I’ve just spent a day among Aston Martin enthusiasts, some of whom race during a fun filled day. I think it’s safe to say, after spending three days with them, that AMOC Racing throw a good party.
Bring on Silverstone!

The next and last AMOC Racing meeting of 2016 will be on 1 October at Silverstone.

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