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Taking The Old Aston Martin Out For A Spin

If you see me, come and have a natter ...

 
 

POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 03/05/2016 @ 8:00AM

Once again, it's that time of the year when I get the old Aston Martin out for a burn about Olney. It's an amazing car really, a DB2/4 Mark 11, built in 1955 and, given a decent service each year or so, sounds like new ...

Time to dust off the old Aston Martin and take her out for a spin.

Time to dust off the old Aston Martin and take her out for a spin.

They only built 199 of them and so the few that are left are quite rare. It's pretty fast, although these days, like me, it's 0 to 60 isn't quite as fast as it was. I must say the problem with driving it, is that it has drum brakes, so stopping it is a slower procedure than you imagine as it's a heavy old beast.

I did get it up to 120 mph once - under very safe circumstances I should say - and it seemed to take about an hour to bring it to a halt,

"It's not something to burn about in too fast in town."

It is for hire for photo shoots, films etc, but equally, if you see me out and about in it, I'm always happy to take you for a spin. You'd be surprised at just how uncomfortable it is and also how much I have to concentrate on driving it, as it's no easy drive.

I think I'm going to take it to a few car shows this year. I quite like car shows, although of course, you are expected to have the bonnet up and have a few odd people to contend with. There will always be some bespectacled middle-aged man, with a beard, peering into the engine with a magnifying glass, who will suddenly stand up and say "I'm especially interested in the Thrapstrode inner sprocket seal. Is it the one that was originally fitted or one of the 18 that Otto Newington designed in Paris that were tested in 1961?"

I have no idea about anything other than the basics and am just happy that it all works. And it's no good guessing answers, as anyone who asks such a question knows the answer and are only attempting to prove their brilliance.

So I generally fetch up at the show, open the bonnet and flee to the beer tent to talk about horse racing and politics which I'm better versed in.

But it really is a lovely car and, as I say, is available for hire, if only to pay for anything that needs doing, as it can be a costly business keeping the old girl on the road.

I've done a bit of precision driving in my time (not to be confused with stunt driving which is a far trickier game) and drove for the likes of Crimewatch a few times, screaming cars away from crime scenes, and even up to last year drove a vehicle in a car chase for a short film.

Not easy I can tell you, with camera's attached to your car and the car in front whilst taking direction about distances in an ear piece at 100 miles an hour.

"Not in the Aston Martin I hasten to add."

But if anyone needs a car chase done in an Aston - and can get the appropriate insurance - then I'm happy to come along and do it. But other than that, if you see me in it around the area, do come up and have a natter. I'm intending to go to Stony Stratford with it, not least as there is a little place that does Pie and Mash there now on Friday's and that's my sort of place.

So, as I say, come and have a natter. I'll probably do a magic trick for you as well. Just don't ask me about inner sprockets.

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH

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David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.