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Spring Is Here And So Is Doris The Aston Martin

Time to open the garage doors ...



Doris is my Aston Martin DB 2/4 MK 11 and she is a beautiful vehicle. Made in 1956, it must be admitted that she's hard to drive. I'm a reasonably good driver, having done all the precision stuff when I was younger ...

Doris the Aston Martin is coming out for her spring clean and service.

Doris the Aston Martin is coming out for her spring clean and service.

I also drove various cars for Crimewatch when a speeding car was required and the budget didn't stretch to a stuntman. If you're going to call in a stuntman, you - at the very least - want the car to turn over to get your money's worth.

"I remember once driving a car through mud at a fast speed for the BBC."

I pulled up and went for a cup of tea while waiting for the next shot to be set up and to my horror saw two people cleaning the car down. I ran over to them and shouted, "Don't clean the car, we're about to do the next shot of us driving along the road after screeching through the mud".

They then explained that they were the props team, and needed to clean the car so that they could re-apply mud in the way that it would be after driving fast through mud.

I said "I've just driven it through the mud, in the way someone would do if they were driving fast through mud". They looked at me sympathetically and just carried on.

I'd already asked another props team why they'd replaced the tax disc with a 1995 one (when the robbery occurred) when 1) the tax disc wouldn't be in shot and 2) the car model wasn't put into production until 2 years later. As I was already regarded as trouble I let it drop. Ah well, a job's a job.

The last one I did was a couple of years ago for a car chase, but things are tightening up now, and qualified stuntmen are called in which is probably the right thing to do.

So driving Doris the Aston Martin takes a bit of concentration. No power steering and drum brakes discourage one from rolling fags while driving.

Anyway, Doris will be coming out for her spring clean and service, so if anyone wants a photo shoot or film shoot with her just contact me.

"We don't do weddings, not least as it's nearly impossible to get a bride into the back, let alone get her out again."

Speak to me directly about hiring Doris the Aston Martin. If it's local we do it at £350 a day. If it's a film shoot on a higher budget, then it's very much up for negotiation. She should be ready by the end of April.

Until next time ...


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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.