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Vantage Issue 23

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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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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

The essence of Aston Martin WE’VE BECOME USED to Aston Martin’s prolific output over the last few years, and yet, despite the increased frequency of new model introductions, the arrival of the new DBS Superleggera is momentous – for the simple reason that it’s the first true flagship of the Palmer era. Aston is unusual in the way it chops and changes the name of its ‘halo’ model. In the 1970s and ’80s it was the V8 Vantage, in the ’90s the V550 and V600. Since the turn of the millennium, the moniker has toggled between Vanquish and DBS. Truth is, it doesn’t really matter what the cars are called, so long as they all possess an abundance of performance and exude the same unmistakable charisma. Perhaps it’s this aristocratic bearing and sheer…

4 min.
licence to thrill

BOND IS BACK. Or rather his trusty DB5 is. and it’s all thanks to an unexpected collaboration between aston martin, Bond movie producers EON and the legendary special effects team at Pinewood Studios. the previously top Secret information was declassified and revealed in a press release issued on august 20th at 00:07 GMT (natch), with aston martin announcing a build run of 28 Bond DB5 Continuations: 25 customer cars (presumably as a nod to the ‘Bond 25’ working title for the next 007 movie), plus one car for aston martin, one for EON and a third ‘extra’ which will be auctioned for charity. Price? £2.75m plus local taxes. that’s £3.3m in the UK. the cars will be built by aston martin Works at newport Pagnell – home of the original DB5 –…

2 min.
mee makes his move

LEADING ASTON MARTIN specialist nicholas mee & Co has a new home. the company has relocated from London to impressive new premises near Essendon, Hertfordshire, and has ambitious plans to expand its operations. the new base is a dramatic change from the rather cramped showroom and separate workshop location of the old business. now all the operations – sales, servicing, restorations, parts – are together on one site. and a very impressive site it is, too, part of the Hatfield Park estate. a newly constructed showroom, capable of holding 22 cars, sits alongside historic oak-framed buildings specially reconstructed to provide fully equipped servicing and restoration facilities, along with a parts store and new trim shop. When we caught up with managing director nick mee in mid-summer, the final stages of construction were well…

1 min.
in brief

SPREADING ITS WINGS We’ve already seen an aston-branded speedboat; now the company has shown its vision for ‘luxury personal air mobility’ with this extraordinary concept for a hybrid-powered light aircaft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities. admittedly very much at the concept stage, the Volante Vision Concept is a joint venture with Cranfield university, Cranfield aerospace Solutions and aero engine maker Rolls-Royce. A CHANGE OF NAME Post Vintage Engineers, the West Yorkshirebased aston specialist, has been renamed adrian Johnson Ltd. the business was founded 40 years ago by Chris Johnson (pictured left) but son adrian (right) has been running it for 20 years and the two agreed it was now time to align the business with the family name. Chris himself is still actively involved, and the firm will continue to offer…

3 min.
amr receives a welcome boost

AFTER THE LONG SUMMER BREAK, the World endurance Championship returned in mid-August for the six hours of silverstone – the third round of the extended 2018/19 ‘super season’. Aston Martin racing’s home race came on the back of a disappointing le Mans 24 hours in which the new Vantage GTE struggled for pace. some of this was due to the team’s lack of experience running on Michelin tyres, having switched from running Dunlops in previous seasons. A general lack of race mileage with the new car was also a contributing factor. The acid-yellow cars were handed some balance of Performance (BoP) concessions post-qualifying at le Mans, but with the 24 hour race running a different boP to the other WEC rounds due to the unique nature of the circuit, AMR was hoping…

3 min.
the heat of racing battle

AFTER SNOW AT GOODWOOD this year it was inevitable that the ‘polar’ opposite would follow, but the extent and duration of the hot summer and its demands on old cars were nonetheless a welcome surprise, even for those in the hot confines of racing astons. the silverstone Classic saw scorching weather, a big international crowd and a vast numbers of great cars. as the years advance, so new cars become ‘classics’ and this year saw the debut masters race for modern GT and prototype cars. the DBR9 may not seem like a classic but a modern one it certainly is. the race also featured a pair of GT2S, but second overall was the Lola-aston DBR1-2 of Christophe d’ansembourg with a fastest lap of 113mph. we can expect to see more of…