Vantage Summer 2015

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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YOU NEVER FORGET a visit to Aston’s newport Pagnell Works. I can still vividly recall the first time I had a proper tour. It was the summer of 1998 and the handbuilt era was drawing to an inevitable yet dignified close. the Bloxham-built DB7 was poised to receive V12 power and, though we didn’t know it at the time, the vanquish would soon propel the marque – and Works – into the 21st century. not that you’d have known it walking through the charmingly ramshackle collection of buildings that made up Aston’s famous tickford Street premises. this was the car factory that time forgot. A place where cars were not just assembled by hand, but literally shaped by hand, too. Seeing sheets of flat, lifeless aluminium being artfully rolled, beaten and…

aston’s electric shock

IT’S HARD NOT TO like Andy Palmer. Aston Martin’s new boss is one of the motor industry’s more affable personalities, direct and approachable in a way that most senior executives are not. He doesn’t suffer fools, or foolish questions, gladly – but he’s more than happy to talk about the future and, when he can’t get too specific, to drop broad hints. That was true when he was head of product development for Nissan, and happily it seems to be just as much the case now he’s CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda. His move to Gaydon was one that few people saw coming. Palmer had been at Nissan for 23 years, working his way up from heading the company’s UK technical centre to become arguably the most senior Brit in the…

in brief

NO THUNDERBOLT FROM FISKER Aston Martin has dropped a lawsuit against Fisker Automotive, issued after former Aston design chief Henrik Fisker revealed a Vanquish-based design prototype called Thunderbolt earlier this year. Aston Martin had said the prototype infringed Aston Martin’s rights. However, a joint statement later said: ‘Henrik Fisker has decided that Project Thunderbolt will not be produced,’ and, as a result, ‘Aston Martin will withdraw the lawsuit’. The statement added that the matters had all been resolved amicably. NEW BOSS MAKES ASTON RACING DEBUT IN 24HRS The 2015 Dunlop Britcar 24 Hours at Silverstone saw an Aston racing debut for new AML boss Andy Palmer, sharing a V8 Vantage GT4 that finished a highly commendable fifth. Dr Palmer (third from left) shared the #36 car with (from the left) chief creative officer…

that winning feeling

AS WE CLOSE FOR PRESS, the chequered flag has just fallen on the nürburgring 24 hours. aston was there in strength, with aston martin racing entering two factoryrun V12 Vantage gT3s, while the gaydonbased aston martin engineering team fielded three cars: a pair of race-prepared Vantage gT12s and a Vantage n430. Typically, the race was both unpredictable and unforgiving, with patchy rain early on making tyre choice and driving conditions exceptionally difficult. oil spilled by another car almost claimed the much-fancied #007 bilsteinliveried Vantage gT3 during the night, but a herculean effort by the amr team saw the extensive damage repaired and the car – crewed by darren Turner, stefan mücke and pedro lamy – rejoin the fray, eventually finishing 16th overall. amr’s sister #006 Vantage gT3 ran as high as…

astons to the fore as new season opens  

IF THE WIND has settled and the barometer risen, then Astons will be seen being used in earnest at the plethora of road and race events available to drivers this year. Already we have seen the Mille Miglia and tour de france, but the season arguably kicked off with the fine donington historic festival in early May, now a firm fixture on the calendar with large entries including a diverse selection from the Aston Martin fraternity. Many Astons took part in the festival, from Christopher Scott-McKirdy’s 1933 Le Mans to wolfgang friedrichs’ 1963 dP214 replica. the 1959 dBR4 Grand Prix cars of Marc Valvekens and freidrichs battled it out in the pre-1966 GP race with the former coming out on top, both cars reminding us that they were fabulous david Brown…

sun shines on spring concours

AFTER THE BONHAMS works sale at newport pagnell on saturday may 9, sunday saw another highlight of the aston martin year, the amoc spring concours, held just down the road in the grounds of woburn abbey. The timing and location couldn’t have worked better, and the club was rewarded with superb weather and a hugely impressive turnout, astons stretching as far as the eye could see. lagondas, too, with a jaw-dropping line-up of 1970s ‘wedges’ and a rare opportunity to view the new taraf supersaloon. Another star car was the mkii long chassis sports tourer of david bracey. this handsome pre-war aston had graced the aston martin stand at olympia back in 1935, the same year that amoc was founded, which is why it has been chosen as the ‘feature car’ for…