John Browning, a long time member of the Aston Martin Owners Club and the Aston Martin Heritage Trust, died on 23rd October at his brother's home in Minchinhampton. Only the previous day, he and Dot had attended the Dudley Coram Memorial Lecture at the Barn in Drayton St Leonard and were on fine form. John had recently acquired an International (S37) and was keen to study some of the drawings in the Archive, but time did not permit.
John was an architect by profession and with David Crook, was instrumental in transforming the Drayton St Leonard Barn into the offices and museum for the Club and the Trust, in 2000-2001. He was also a regular concours judge, a compiler of pre-war Astons for the Register and the owner and restorer of some wonderful Bamford and Martin and Bertelli cars. The evidence of his dedication to the Aston Martin marque will therefore remain for generations to come.
As a good friend to the Club and the Trust, as a family man, John will be much missed. The Trustees would like to offer their condolences to Dot and all the Browning family.