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.
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 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.