Thousands flock to Aston Martin centenary in Kent

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The Aston Martin Owners’ Club celebrated 100 years of the marque with a two-day race meeting at Brands Hatch on 6-7 July.

The event used the Indy circuit on Saturday, while the full GP course was brought into action the following day.

An Allstars race kicked off the meet and featured everything from GTs and touring cars, including Austin A35s and Alfa Romeo Giuliettas, but was won by Robert Rawe’s DB4 GT Zagato.

Saturday’s 100-minute race came in the form of the GT4 Challenge for modern Aston V8s, the pairing of Olivier Bouche and Pierre Mantello eventually coming out on top.

Meanwhile, Paul Chase-Gardener’s Aston Martin 15/98 Speed triumphed in the St John Horsfall Memorial Trophy for pre-war cars, while DB4s added to their tally taking wins in the two ’50s Sports Car races.

Sunday’s 100-minute event was a more serious affair, with Alvaro Barber Lopez and Massimiliano Wiser taking the win in the GT Centenary Race, which was open to GT1, GTE, GT2, GT3 and GT4 cars.

Demonstration runs included Ray Mallock behind the wheel of the 1982 Nimrod NRA/C2 and the 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1 was also on display.

Alongside the massed club exhibits were a number of Bond cars including the Vanquish from Die Another Day, plus there was a parachute jump from the Red Devils.

A minute’s silence was held in memory Allan Simonsen who died driving an Aston Martin at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Pictures: Eric Sawyer

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