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Old 6 Jul 2000, 12:43 (Ref:21800)   #1
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Well, I thought I'd better post this before Slowcoach and I totally hijack the Jaguar thread!

So, which is it to be?

To be honest, there isn't an Aston built that I wouldn't have in my garage. Even the DB2/4 Mk3 has a certain charm.

But without further ado, my top five.

DB4 Series 5
V8 Vantage
DBS
DB6 Volante
Ulster

Following on from the Aston chat in the Jaguar thread, this weekend is indeed the Aston meet at Brands. Regrettably, it also clashes with the Snetterton night racing. But having been to the Silverstone StJohn Horsfall meeting and the Donington meet already this year, I am a convert to Aston Martin club racing for sure.
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Old 6 Jul 2000, 14:00 (Ref:21811)   #2
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My turn,my turn,my turn........

1) DB4GT Zagato
2) DB4 Series V
3) DB3/4
4) V8 Vantage
5) Virage Vantage

But as TimD says they are all fab. and no-one will ever convince me otherwise , even the later Lagonda is lovely in its own angular way.......

Next meet after BH is Snetterton on the 6th August.....

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Old 6 Jul 2000, 22:10 (Ref:21908)   #3
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I don't belieive you two, not a single mention of a DB5. Must be one of the best cars ever built. I must admit to a liking of all Aston's. Used to have a girlfriend who lived just outside Newport Pagnell, almost wrote my car off a few times passing the factory looking at all the gleaming DB's lined up.
The ultimate must be the Vantage that was race prepared and hurled around by Gerry Marshall at AMOC meets, did this this enter Le Man in the mid 70's ??

As for the 4 1/2 Bentley, well I take my hat off to those guy's who raced them, scares me just looking at those skinny tyres amd drum brakes. Came across one en route to Le Mans about 8 years ago, he must have had it wound up on in top gear he blasted passed us, we were a wee bit (about 20mph) above the limit. Some sight. But are these cars not discussed in the Truck & HGV Drivers Forum ???

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Old 7 Jul 2000, 00:09 (Ref:21935)   #4
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The DB5 is indeed gorgeous. I tend not to aspire to one, because people accuse you of having James Bond pretentions.

I mean, they'd be right, but let's not make it easy for them!

Actually, having re-read my posting, an awful omission has just surfaced.

DB3S

I mean, how could I have forgotten it?

Now, the Bentley is something else entirely. The four-and-a-half is the car I dream of. In many ways, Aston Martin took up the role after the war that the Bentley had before. It was Ettore Bugatti who first accused WO Bentley of "making the fastest lorries in the world."

The early ones, the 3-litres, were good for 92mph. Any more than that, and you would snap the crankshaft. This is in 1924, remember. The 4.5 will top 110mph, and with a supercharger, will do more like 125 in standard trim.

The Speed Six, a car built up to 1930, possesses a performance curve not dissimilar to a V-12 Jag.

And all this from a car weighing a ton and a half, with the aerodynamics of a lightly streamlined office block, and with brakes that - frankly - didn't.

If you've never seen vintage Bentley racing, the club has its annual raceday at Silverstone on the first Saturday of September. The Bentley drivers are a sporting lot, and they send out invitations to the Aston Martin, AC and Morgan clubs to bring their best and compete with them.

It's a day's racing like no other.
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Old 7 Jul 2000, 08:09 (Ref:22003)   #5
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OK SL , I admit it I have a corgi model of THAT DB5 on my mantlepiece and a print of it hanging on the wall and if money was no object I would have one in my garage , for Xmas I got the complete set of JB videos and once upon a time I even had THE music on my answerphone message , a dog called Q , a horse called Moneypenny and a goldfish named M - but I'm not sad really.........
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Old 7 Jul 2000, 09:00 (Ref:22006)   #6
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TimD, Slowcoach,

Glad I at last got the truth, you both work for MI6, but SSSssshhhh. Must not let the reds get wind of it !!...

Did JB not have a Bentley before the Aston ?? Even further proof, sorry for the late reply but I have been on a posting in the Caribbean, Jamaica, Barbados and Havana. Can't say any more as it is secret (nudge, nudge, wink wink.)

I may well be the one dribbling over the Bentley's at Silverstone on the 21/23 July.

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Putting away my buttonhole microcamera, and laying down the personal helicopter cunningly disguised as a fountain-pen, I find myself with time enough between espionage assignments to reply!

In the original Ian Fleming novels, James Bond is described as owning a supercharged Bentley, which he has had modified to such an extent that Rolls-Royce have disavowed any further responsibility for it.

It sustains serious damage in the "Moonraker" novel, when Hugo Drax uses his contemporary Mercedes to force the Bentley, and an innocent Alfa Romeo Monza off the road. Can you imagine the expense of trying to film that??

The Aston Martin is a mere "pool" car which is given to Bond in the "Goldfinger" novel. No DB5 this. The book predates the launch of that one, so Bond's first Aston is in fact a grey DB2/4 Mk3.

I believe that there is a fleeting glimpse of Bond's private car near the start of the movie "From Russia With Love." However, it is a little while since I've seen the film, and I seem to recall that the car had more than a suspicion of 2-litre Lagonda about it.
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It sustains serious damage in the "Moonraker" novel, when Hugo Drax uses his contemporary Mercedes to force the Bentley, and an innocent Alfa Romeo Monza off the road. Can you imagine the expense of trying to film that??
Hmm.

As I recall he was on his way to Dover when he got into a dice with a Lotus (possibly Elite) whilst following a lorryload of Paper Rolls. The rolls broke free (subsequently discovered as a bungled attempt on Bond's life) and put the Elite into a field.
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Terribly sorry to get back to the original thread, but I'd just like to mention,

1. DBR1
2. Project Astons (As I recall I think 212 is the prettiest)
3. Dave Ellis's new Aston thing (I don't know what it actually is, but it looks stunning).

It was on show at the AMOC meeting at Silverstone and looks a bit like a bright yellow cross between a V8 Vantage and the Batmobile.

Also, the Aston that raced at Le Mans in the 70's isn't the same as the Marsh Plant car most recently campaigned by Gerry Marshall (no relation - ho ho), I have a feeling it was put together by Robin something, and I'm sure it was for sale a couple of years ago, still resplendant in its union jack livery.

Right, I'll let you all get back to the James Bond stuff now....
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DB4GT Zagato. Original or sanction 2. I don't care as long as I have one.

Why? That combination of Italian styling with British unburstable engineering.
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Another vote for the DB4 here, I just prefer the first version of the car rather than the DB5. As such, I’d also nominate an earlier version rather than a Series V for example, which were lighter and I also prefer the original front end styling. I would however like to include some later model features & a 4.2 engine built with the latest tricks!

Second would be a DB3S, I would put this first but it is a bit unrealistic and impractical.

Third would be a V8 Vantage, it looked really great in The Living Daylights (obligatory Bond reference!).

Fourth is a later version of the DB2 with the slatted grille.

Fifth – the current model V8 Vantage, although I’d be interested to see the inevitable facelifted version.

If I was naming 10, I would include the twin supercharged Virage Vantage, a prewar model (don’t know much about them really), a shooting brake or sedan version of the Virage (memories of a magazine article on them in the early 90s), DB4 GT or Zagato and shooting brake version of a DB5 or DB6.
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I suppose it would be fair to say that almost every Aston made constitutes a favourite for me, but some more so than others. I'll start my (long) list with the latest. Taken at Brands last May, a V8 Vantage, a stunning car like all the recent Astons. Not my favourite colour though. What is it with this love of bland silver, grey and gun metal colours that seems to have gone on now for the best part of 20 years? Give me some proper colours any time (no offence to anyone else, just a personal opinion!):-

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Someone has been on the ball, last year at the Classic Adelaide Rally I spotted an Aston DB9 parked, with a registration plate that was quite a good score (also a change from silver colour John!) Sorry the photo is a bit blurry, it looked ok on the camera's screen at the time.

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