Doris The Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk 11
My ongoing passion ...
Considering that this old girl was built in 1955, five years before I was born, Doris is not doing so badly. When we bought her, she was in a bit of a state, but some TLC over the years has brought her up to scratch ...
Doris the Aston Martin is my ongoing passion for keeping a little bit of history on the road!
I suppose in human terms she's had a new hip and a cataract operation, which have all gone well and she drives like a dream. When I say she drives like a dream, I'm not comparing her with a brand new Mercedes.
She doesn't have sensors to stop you crashing into the person in front, or little beeper things to tell you that you're in reverse. No, no. You actually have to be a good driver to handle her.
"There's no power steering, she has drum brakes, and there's not even a wireless radio in it which is just as well."
You wouldn't really want to drive along hearing the inane wittering that generally comes out of the radio as you have to concentrate all the time. The 0 - 60 isn't great, and the down side of getting to 60 MPH is that the stopping time is quite long as well. And, of course, she has no seat belts.
When you drive Doris, you actually have to drive her, and that's where the fun lies. The other thing is that she does need driving on a regular basis and so I do just that. Yesterday I took my wife and daughter out in her and we had a jolly old time.
I've taken her to a few car shows, and people love her and come and chat and are always surprised when I let their kids sit in it and have a photo. Apparently, some people with classic cars don't let anyone near them which is a bit pointless in my opinion. We're lucky to have her, we picked her up for a good price all those years ago, so why not let everyone else have a bit of fun when you're out?
The downside is that she does take some money to keep on the road every year, and to that end, we do let her out for film work and photo shoots. So if I let her out for between £250 and £350 a day depending on the distance to travel, then a gig per month just about covers what it costs to keep her on the road in good order annually.
"We don't do weddings due to the insurance required."
So hardly a commercial venture, but more an ongoing passion for keeping a little bit of history on the road, which is no bad thing. Give me a call on 01234 241357 if you're interested in booking a day with Doris.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.