Vantage Issue 12

A quarterly magazine for buyers and enthusiasts of Aston Martin cars. Vantage celebrates 100 years of one of the coolest car brands on the planet from the early gentlmens racers through to the all-new Vanquish. If you've a passion for Aston Martin's you'll love Vantage magazine.

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keeping the british end up

HERE AT VANTAGE we’ve celebrated the achievements of many of the leading figures who have played a part in aston Martin’s success and survival. But until now we’ve never featured arguably the most important character in the company’s history. their name? Commander James Bond, of course. For aston, Spectre couldn’t have come at a better time. Caught in a thankless Catch 22 in which the company continues to win praise for its beautiful cars, only to be criticised for too much similarity across the model range, the chance to have a concept car co-star alongside Daniel Craig presented a unique, zero-risk opportunity to introduce a fresh design to a vast global audience. Of course, when you strip away the hype generated by a $350-million movie’s publicity machine, the DB10 is nothing more…

flight of the vulcan

CONSIDER THIS: Aston Martin’s new track-use-only Vulcan hypercar is more powerful and has more sophisticated aerodynamics than any of the company’s current works race-cars. Which means, of course, that it’s faster than them, too. Something else to consider: anyone can buy one, regardless of experience or skill (assuming they have £1.8 million to spare and that all 24 haven’t already been sold). This is quite something. You could buy a Vulcan and by the summer of 2016 be using every bit of its 800-plus bhp on any track you choose to. Which is why Vulcan ownership comes complete with a training and support programme. That programme starts in earnest next year at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, but autumn 2015 saw a taster session at the legendarily fast and technical…

aml launches classic certification scheme

ASTON MARTIN has followed Ferrari’s lead by launching its own certification scheme for classic models. Assured Provenance is modelled substantially on Ferrari’s hugely successful ‘Classiche’ programme, but it’s also a response to the huge increases in values of many models, particularly from the David Brown era, and the desire of some owners and buyers for an official stamp of authenticity. The scheme will be administered by Aston Martin Works at newport Pagnell, where the assessments will take place. Every component will be examined for originality, though modifications made in period by Aston Martin will not disqualify a car from certification. The findings will then be presented to a newly formed sanctioning committee comprising experts from Works and the wider Aston Martin world. Cars will be graded in four bands, from Bronze up…

in brief

DB9 TO THE POWER OF 007 Aston Martin is celebrating its James Bond connection with the DB9 Gt Bond Edition, limited to just 150 examples worldwide. Alas, no ejector seats; it’s a strictly cosmetic exercise. Externally, the cars have unique spectre silver paint, sterling silver Aston Martin ‘wings’, and ‘007 Bond Edition’ badges. inside are numbered sill plaques featuring the 007 logo; gun-barrel embroidery on the rear seat divider and a special Bond Edition start-up screen on the infotainment system. DB10 DRAWS THE CROWDS The DB10 from spectre made a spectacular tour of Aston Martin dealers to coincide with the release of the latest Bond film. the specially built concept car drew large crowds, including more than 500 when it stopped off at Works in newport Pagnell. As well as getting a close…

roll on 2016

AS WE CLOSE FOR press, the final round of the World Endurance Championship is but a few days away. For Aston Martin Racing the 6 Hours of Bahrain will see the chequered flag fall on a forgettable season that began promisingly but was stymied by a frustrating drop-off in pace and a string of disappointing results. Much of the frustration has centred upon the GTE PRO cars, for it is they that are most affected by the vagaries of the WEC’s Balance of Performance (BoP). This attempts to equalise the performance of the GTE category’s three main protagonists – Aston’s frontengined V8 Vantage, Ferrari’s midengined 458 and Porsche’s rearengined 991 RSR – via a range of engine restrictions, plus varying weight, fuel capacity and ride height limits. As you can imagine,…

classic ending to another vintage year

AS EVER, THE HEIGHT of summer was followed by a calendar at its most packed. The remarkable and theatrical Goodwood Revival is now a firm favourite and the history of Aston Martin at Goodwood includes a string of strong showings in this superb event. That tradition was upheld in fine style once again. The Friday evening Freddie March Trophy race is a homage to the Goodwood 9 hours in which Astons enjoyed great success in period, and this year the marque was well represented by DB3S/115, driven by David Bennett; Mark Midgley in DB3/6, which finished 12th, and Steve Boultbee Brooks in DB3S/104, which was 8th overall. Best performance, though, was by Wolfgang Friedrichs and Simon Hadfield in DB3S/105, which came home an impressive 4th overall with 51 laps to its…