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This weekend’s Sunday Drive of the Dutch PBSM Club was a special one, as two members had organized the “Aston Martin Elfstedentocht”.
For the non-dutchies among us: the Elfstedentocht is a 200 kilometer long ice skating tour leading past 11 cities in the northern part of the Netherlands.
The Aston Martin edition of this “eleven cities tour” had to use the roads instead of the canals and rivers, so it was slightly longer, 230 kilometers, and including the trip to and from the hotel came to just over 320 KMs, for most part over winding B-roads.
In July we learned that Aston Martin and AMG are planning to work together, that is, AMG will deliver V8 engines for future Aston Martin models. However, it now seems that the first results of that cooperation could take another 3 to 4 years.
Grand Theft Auto V, the most eagerly anticipated video game ever, was released last week.
The game features 257 vehicles, all with made-up names, but most of them still recognizable as real-life car brands and models.
Five of the available cars are obviously inspired by Aston Martin models, in particular the cars of the made-up “Dewbauchee” brand:
Each year, Coolbrands lists the coolest brands in the UK, as voted by 3,000 consumers and a panel of 38 VIPs.
In 2011, Aston Martin was voted as the #1 coolest brand, dropping to 3rd place in 2012. This year our favourite brand has moved up to the 2nd place again, after Apple and followed by Rolex.
Yesterday it was the first Sunday of an “even” month again, which means: Sunday Drive!
When InvestIndustrial took a stake in Aston Martin, rumours already indicated that this could indicate a future partnership with AMG, because InvestIndustrial’s ties with the German company.
This week, an official Aston Martin press release confirmed the rumours:
Aston Martin and AMG have signed a letter of intent, agreeing that Aston Martin will get access to AMG V8 powertrains and electric/electronic architecture components, in exchange for a 5% stake in the Aston Martin company.
The final day, the final stretch to London, with the full group of (well over) 100 rally cars. Not a lot of kilometers to cover today, but still an interesting trip, as we crossed the channel to the UK, and then drove into the city of London, right into the very center.
Still rallying to London!
The group is getting bigger. Today another 15 or 20 cars joined, first some at the Hyatt hotel in Mainz, then later at the AM Test Center at the Nürburgring. We’re now driving around with roughly 100 cars, so you can imagine the chaos wherever we go