PBSM Scotland Highlands Tour – Day 1 : To the ferry in IJmuiden

Each year, the Dutch Aston Martin club “Power Beauty Soulmates” (PBSM) organizes a one week trip to a location suited for lots of driving fun. Previous destinations include Le Mans, Isle of Man and the italian Dolomites. Sixteen teams (so 16 Aston Martins!) signed up for this year’s trip: to the Scottish Highlands!

Watch this space for my day-to-day report of the Scotland Highlands tour. Here’s day 1:


Pre-trip lunch in Aardenhout

Before we embarked on the long trip to Scotland, most of the PBSM members gathered for lunch in Aerdenhout.

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It soon became clear that I wasn’t the only only one who wrapped my Aston for the occasion. Two other owners arrived with special livery on their Aston Martin.

A black V12 Vantage arrived with nice yellow striping, V12 Vantage lettes on the windshield and, especially for Scotland, the sheep warning.

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A silver DBS was wrapped with the Scottish flag on the doors and a map of the highlands on the hood:

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Boarding the ferry in IJmuiden

After lunch, the group left for the ferry in IJmuiden, taking the scenic route. While waiting in line for boarding, other PBSM members joined the group, completing our convoy of 16 cars.

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And to my surprise and joy, the “other” Dutch V12 Vantage Roadster arrived, wearing a very cool black and orange livery in the same pattern of my Bilstein wrap!
Don’t they look great together?

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Finally, we could go on board, fitting 3 lanes of Aston Martins into a very tight parking deck.
The trip from IJmuiden to Newcastle takes 16 hours, so now all we can do is wait and get some rest for tomorrow’s drive: Newcastle to Torridon.

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