Largest gathering in history marks Aston’s 100th

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More than 500 cars and tens of thousands of visitors swarmed into Kensington Gardens yesterday as part of Aston Martin’s centenary celebrations.

The event, which was organised by the Aston Martin Owners’ Club, included a display of significant models from the oldest surviving car, the 3A, to rarities such as an Ogle DBS V8, the CC100 Speedster Concept and trio of Bertone Jets, including the two new shooting brakes.

Alongside the road cars was a rich seam of racing machinery including an iconic DBR1, a DB4 GT Zagato, the Project cars and a V8 Vantage GTE.

The Bond cars also made an appearance, with seven models on show from the firm’s 50-year association with the film’s producers, including the DB5 that starred in Skyfall.

The occasion was the climax to a week-long schedule that featured driving tours across Europe as well as a host of events at the firm’s Gaydon headquarters.

The company’s CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The weekend was a fantastic celebration of all things Aston Martin and, I believe, shows why the brand retains such a special place in the hearts of so many owners and enthusiasts around the world.

“Exclusivity is a key part of the Aston Martin mystique – we have made only around 65,000 cars in our entire 100-year history to date – so to see so many of these rare beauties gathered together in London was a truly historic occasion.

“I would like to acknowledge the generous support of the AMOC, AMHT [Aston Martin Heritage Trust] and the Royal Parks, without which this incredible event would not have been possible.”

Marque celebrations are also planned for Prescott Hill Climb and the Silverstone Classic.

 

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