Some serious racing action on the track during the Goodwood Revival complemented the celebrations off it.
Aston Martin continued its year-long centenary party in the appropriately historic surroundings of the Goodwood Motor Circuit as a main sponsor of this year’s Goodwood Revival in September. Some of Aston Martin’s rarest and most highly prized sports cars from 1948-1966 were on show, and in action, including a brace of DBR1s, numerous DB3s, DB3S’s and DB2/4 Mk IIIs, plus the 1961 Aston Martin Project 212. Driven by Wolfgang Friedrichs and Simon Hadfield, it won the RAC Tourist Trophy in dramatic style in pouring rain— the first time that an Aston Martin has won the blue-riband race at the Revival.
Joining in the period fun
The marque’s 100-year history was a signature theme of the 2013 Revival with the strong association between the brand and the historic racing circuit celebrated throughout the weekend. As well as the numerous iconic Aston Martins in action on the Goodwood track, a broad range of models from across the years were on show in an Earls Court display that recreated the classic 1950s and 1960s motor show experience. Rare and exotic examples on display included the A3, the oldest-surviving Aston Martin, the Atom and Bulldog concepts, a selection of Zagato models and a highly prized One-77 hypercar. The Earls Court display also played host to Aston Martin’s “Cars of Tomorrow”, which featured more contemporary sports cars, including the DB9 Coupe and new Rapide S.
1: 1950s-style glamour; 2&3: Chris Evans and Rowan Atkinson were among the celebrities in attendance. The Aston Martin team joined in the spirit of the weekend.
Commenting on the brand’s extensive involvement in this year’s Revival, Leighton King, Aston Martin UK Marketing Manager, said: “The Goodwood Revival is always a great occasion and a real highlight of the UK motoring calendar. It seems entirely fitting, therefore, that Aston Martin played such a significant part in this year’s Revival in this, our centenary year.”
The Union Jack-liveried Vanquish, which led the parade of six Aston Martins at the Lord Mayor’s Show
Six Aston Martins took part in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show on 9 November, at the invitation of The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers of London, to celebrate the marque’s centenary year. Led by a Vanquish Coupe dressed in the unmistakable Union Jack-inspired livery of the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign, two Rapide S’s, a Vanquish Volante, a DB9 and a second Vanquish Coupe paraded at a steady pace through the streets of London, as an estimated half a million spectators looked on.
The 2013 Regent Street Motor Show (right) on 2 November played host to a centenary line-up that included the V12 Vantage S, Vanquish, DB9 and Vanquish Volante, and over 70 models from the Aston Martin Owners Club.
CarFest South 2013 (below) took place from 23-25 August at Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire, in aid of BBC Children in Need. The event brought the worlds of cars, music and food together for a weekend extravaganza. Three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart led a special parade of historic Aston Martins to celebrate the marque’s centenary. An Aston Martin “iconic” seven—the One-77, Centenary Vanquish, V12 Vantage S, DB7, DB4, DB5 (as featured in Skyfall) and DB2/4 Drophead—also took part in a climb featuring Laverstoke’s new, extended hill.
A collaboration party with Rémy Martin was held on 17 October at the Atlantic Cars showroom in Toyko, Japan.
The weekend racing festival was a huge success for Aston Martin, both on and off the track
Aston Martin was the centre of attention at the Dubai Motor Show from 5-9 November with 10 cars on display, including the CC100 Speedster Concept and a classic DB6.