Meeting the maker: Barry Griffin

One cool thing I like about Aston Martins is the small plaque under the bonnet that says:

followed by the name of the “final inspector.

My first Aston (a V8 Vantage Roadster) was inspected by SIMON WARD. The plaque in my current V8 Vantage S Roaster says PAUL GODDARD.

But the final inspector of my favorite car,
my V12 Vantage, is BARRY GRIFFIN.

In April, my wife, a couple of friends and I visited the Aston Martin factory in Gaydon.
I always love going there. This was my 3rd time there, but still I enjoyed the factory tour (got a glimpse of the new Vanquish!), the new merchandise shop and especially the warm welcome by the Gaydon people.

But the coolest thing about this trip was that I met the maker of my Fire Red V12 Vantage, Barry Griffin! Here’s a photo of Barry, my wife and I. How cool is that?

Yes, I know you are not supposed to take pictures inside the factory.
But Simon said it was okay ๐Ÿ™‚

So who’s the final inspector of your Aston?


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