Starting at the beginning of the alphabet with the AC Owners Club, the February issue of AC Action includes a fascinating article on the history and longawaited restoration of A98, the factory Cobra Coupe built for the 1964 Le Mans race. Evolved quite separately from the Shelby Daytona coupes which it superficially resembled, this was the car which won notoriety by touching 185 mph — on the M1. Unfortunately it crashed heavily at Le Mans, and lay in crumpled pieces outside the factory until Barrie Bird started the lengthy process of resurrection. The project is now complete, although inevitably so much of the car has been replaced that it is hardly the same vehicle. A worthy engineering exercise, nevertheless. Forthcoming club events include the expected appearance at the Pomeroy Trophy, Match 2nd, followed by a sprint at Ragley Hall on the 10th, and the Annual Prizegiving and Dinner Dance, to be held at the Kensington Hilton on Saturday March 16th.
Among a long list of Golden Jubilee events within the Aston Martin OC, are the Wiscombe Hill Climb, on the weekend of April 20th / 21st, with an informal dinner at a nearby hotel on the Saturday. The St John