This weekend I visited the 2014 edition of the yearly Interclassics & Topmobiel fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Last year’s edition was the best year for Aston Martin fans, because it celebrated AM’s 100 year anniversary. But still, lots of Aston Martin’s to find this year. Here’s some photos I took during the event. A couple of Lagonda’s from the pre-Aston Martin days, several beautiful classic Aston and two modern ones.
The DB5 is probably the most famous Aston Martin ever made. But did you know Aston Martin has also produced 123 copies of a DB5 convertible? One of those 123 cars is now listed for sale at classicdriver.com and it is stunning! Black pearl paint with a deep burgundy leather interior.
If you are looking for a real bond car, then this is your chance! At dupontregistry you can find an 1964 Aston Martin DB5 with chassis number DB5/2008/R, fully implemented with Bond gadgets (evolving license plates, hubcap blades, hidden guns, a bulletproof screen, radar, a smoke machine and some other cool things that are indispensable for 007). The DB5 is one of four DB5’s made for the Bond movie franchise and this particular one was created for promotional use of the movie Thunderball.
Driving in the Aston Martin Centenary Parade at the Nordschleife was a unique and exciting experience. Hopefully you were able to catch some of that excitement from the parade photos and the parade video, both shot by my wife, riding with me in the V12 Vantage Roadster. However, driving in the parade myself did mean I wasn’t able to take pictures of most of the other cars in the parade. And boy oh boy, there were some interesting cars (and drivers!) participating, especially at the head of the pack. Luckily, I have just received a large batch of photos taken by other photographers from the side of the track, most in the famous Nordschleife Carousel corner. Here’s a selection of those photos. If you want see all photos, check this album on my Aston Martin News page on Facebook.
The original DB5 that featured in Skyfall, plus the A3 (the oldest Aston Martin still in existence), together in one place. That was the main attraction of the Kroymans “Licensed to Thrill” event, held in Hilversum the Netherlands in the past two days. I really enjoyed taking pictures of these classic beauties (and of all the visiting modern Aston Martins in the parking lot). Here’s some of the photos I took of the 2 classic Astons.
This is a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, recently found in a barn in the UK, and in great condition. According to the reports, the most recent owner purchased it in 1972, for £1,500. After being used for a few years, the car has been stored in a garage for over 30 years.
This DBS got stuck in two feet of water in Oxfordshire. According to the dailymail report, the driver ignored signs which warned that the road underneath the bridge was flooded with water.
To celebrate reaching two millions fans on their Facebook page, Aston Martin released a preview of an upcoming film, called “The Race”.
It’s only visible for about 2 seconds, but still a cool appearance. A DB5 owned by PistonHeads member bmt216a and his dad is featured in the new Bond-based Coke Zero commercial: “Unlock The 007 In You”. Here’s the video, the DB5 appears at 0:37 :
This is Raphael Schaad, a software engineer who works on the popular Flipboard app for iPhone and iPad. And he’s got a deal for you: If you can offer his dad a ride in your Aston Martin, he will offer you one day of iOS coding, prototyping or advising. According to his post on Google+, he and his dad used to watch James Bond movies together and his dad always admired the Aston Martin. So Raphael decided that one day he would buy his dad an Aston Martin. However, he does not have that kind of money yet, so he came up with the idea of trading his iOS skills to get his dad a ride in his favorite car.