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A very special birthday for Aston Martin

By Ian MacTavish.

An astrophysicist has no trouble thinking in billions of year. Even an archaeologist here on earth talks comfortably in millions of years.

But the auto business?

A hundred years is a real milestone.

One of the word’s most loved, and most magnificent, cars has just crossed that line and received the checkered flag. Not that they are anywhere near finished. Just raring to race another day.

This car was born on the 15th of January 1913, the child of Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. Place of birth: Henniker Mews in London’s Chelsea. Their sporty offspring were much sought after by discerning enthusiasts and the company later adopted the name we know today, nodding to Bamford’s successes at the Aston Clinton Hillclimb in Buckinghamshire.

Look at the pic.

Two identical objects.

Well, four wheels, a leather seat, a steering wheel, an eager engine under the gleaming bonnet. We love both of them madly but we must recognize that things have changed.

On the left is the third Aston Martin ever built, on the right the latest Vanquish – the ultimate GT.

In their first 90 years Aston Martin built fewer that 15,000 cars.  Oh but what cars!

A decade ago came the move to Gaydon in Warwickshire with new owners and new vigor.

Since then they have produced 45,000 mighty machines, exporting 75% to 41 countries.

For the centenary year, suitable celebrations are planned.

July 15 to 21 sees open house at the factory, culminating in a 1000-guest birthday party. For the true believers the Centennial Concours event in central London on Sunday July 21 is not to be missed.

The Aston Martin Heritage Trust and the Aston Martin Owners Club will display 100 iconic models and up to 1000 Aston Martins – the largest gathering in the history of the marque.

www.astonmartin.com/100

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