Like other vintage enthusiasts, I grew found of Aston Martin and European racing cars as a lad following road racing around the world. James Bond in 1964 was clearly an influence. I went through a succession of British roadsters: TR3, MGA, Healey 3000 Mark III. Clearly more power and roll-up windows in the Midwest were preferable to the charm of side curtains and buzzy little motors.
What began as a hobby quickly grew into a passion. I acquired my first Aston, DB5/1537/R in 1972 and soon joined the A.M.O.C. (Aston Martin Owner's Club). My second Aston was a birthday gift from my wife, Linda Brown, in 1979: a derelict DB2 DHC, a roller without engine. That was followed by a DB2 Coupe. Then, a wonderful DB4GT in 1982. After having the engine rebuilt on my DB5 in 1982, I authored "Aston Martin in America: Operating Adaptations for the Colonies" to offer counsel to other owners facing repairs on an obscure British marque.
My participation on the racing circuit as Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC) expanded as did my love for the people who I met at each event. I often found myself helping friends sell their vehicles or finding special models that were not listed on the internet.
I have often found myself working professionally with the Aston brand. After a 20-year career in international marketing, I was ready to make my passion my work. I began consulting for Aston Martin of New England (A.M.N.E.) and eventually joined full time as GM; I helped expand our "Heritage" vintage parts offerings as A.M.N.E. became the top international dealer outside of England.
I later returned to strategy consulting, while still advising friends on vintage car transactions. Two years ago, I formally commenced work on "The Aston Martin DB4GT" book. After culling through thousands of articles and pictures alongside hundreds of interviews, the finished publication includes 554 pages of exquisite design, with 850 photos and illustrations.
I continue to write for the A.M.O.C. North America's quarterly magazine, The Vantage Point, & have served off and on as editor and historian.
It is a daily pleasure to work each day on something that is both an automotive art and a source of joy (not to be confused with a toy). When I am not working on client projects or Haiti Mobile Medical Mission (shameless plug), I chat often with Aston Martin Owners and soon to be owners trying to track down a model.
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