Vantage Issue 18

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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rising to the challenge

MOTORSPORT HAS ALWAYS BEEN an integral part of what Aston Martin is about. Indeed, it was success at the Aston Hill Climb near Aston Clinton in leafy Buckinghamshire that inspired founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford to name their nascent car company Aston Martin. Of the marque’s racing activities over the past century or so, endurance racing – and Le Mans in particular – sits at the core. With famously fluctuating finances, Aston has never had the cash or resources to commit to a sustained large-scale effort in the manner of, say, Porsche. Yet whenever Astons go racing, they capture the imagination and punch above their weight. Sometimes they reign supreme. In this issue of Vantage – published just a few weeks before the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours – we feature…

extreme machines

News, analysis and events JUST DAYS AFTER we closed our previous issue for press, Aston Martin revealed it was about to launch a new performance sub-brand called AMR. Anyone familiar with the marque’s modern racing activities will already be acquainted with those initials, but although the most extreme AMR road cars will be heavily influenced by Aston Martin Racing, the AMR brand will be about more than ultra-low-volume road-racers. Startling proof of this came in the unlikely but really rather wonderful form of the Rapide AMR. Aston’s famous four-door might not be the obvious recipient of such racy treatment, but it carries it off very well indeed. The Rapide concept has a suite of power, chassis and styling upgrades, indicative of AMR’s first tier. It features a GT12-specification V12 (good for just shy…

in brief

RED ARROWS VANQUISH S A series of ten special Vanquish S models honouring the Red Arrows are being built by Aston Martin’s Q department. The cars were commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, following the success of last year’s V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 Edition, which marked 80 years since the famous fighter’s first flight. The new special edition is finished in Eclat Red with a number of unique design features referencing the Red Arrows. The car was launched at the AMOC Spring Concours – see page 21 for full report. BACK TO DB’S ROOTS Aston Martin specialist Trinity Engineering has moved to impressive new premises in the village of Ripley in Surrey. The building, known as the Lovelace Works, has a strong connection with Aston Martin, having been a sales and service facility…

wheel of fortune turns for leading aston crews

IF PROOF WERE NEEDED as to the fickle form of race teams and drivers, reflect on the current reversal of fortune for Aston Martin Racing and its reigning World Endurance Championship-winning Danes Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen. Bathed in glory at the end of last season after winning the final round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and with it the GTE PRO crown, the Danish duo and AMR were riding high coming into the 2017 season. Now, two races in and the situation couldn’t be more different, with the Ferrari 488s, Ford GTs and, to a lesser extent, Porsche 911s all demonstrating a pace advantage over the V8 Vantage GTE. As ever with the mechanics of modern GT racing, the reasons for AMR’s disappointing start in WEC are numerous and complex.…

keeping the aston end up

LORD MARCH STARTED the season in earnest with the 75th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood in March. This is quite unlike the Revival in scale and style but is still hugely entertaining. The Graham Hill Trophy race for ’60s GT cars had two Astons on the grid. Wolfgang Friedrichs’ DP214 replica, in the hands of Joaquin Folch and Simon Hadfield, retired after 12 laps, but the ex-Sebring DB4 GT of Tom Alexander and Adrian Wilmott finished a respectable 18th in a strong field. The magnificent Tour Auto made its traditional April appearance, with plenty of fine weather in France to help the cars around the many road stages and circuits on this superb event. While GT40s and Ferraris battled it out at the top of the order, two venerable Aston Martins graced…

st athan hosts amoc concours

A STUNNING ARRAY OF ASTONS of all ages gathered for the AMOC Spring Concours at the site of what will be Aston Martin’s new St Athan manufacturing facility in south Wales. It was a fantastic turnout, coming just days after the official handover of the ex-RAF site from the Ministry of Defence to Aston Martin. The event also featured a worldexclusive reveal of the brand new, limited-edition Vanquish S Red Arrows model. Aston Martin Cambridge commissioned the special edition – just ten of which will be built – and has donated one of the cars, ‘Red 10’, to the RAF Benevolent Fund. The charity will raffle ‘Red 10’ to raise funds, and details on how to purchase the £20 raffle tickets can be found at The Concours cars, all belonging to…