Over 80 Astons at Spa Francorchamps

The Big 5 is Aston Martin’s yearly series of 5 “experience” events. It includes three track days (at Silverstone, the N├╝rburgring and Spa-Francorchamps) and two driving-experience days (one at the Boxberg test center and one on-ice event in St. Moritz). This Monday (September 17) the fifth Big 5 event was held: the track day at Spa-Francorchamps. Over eighty Aston Martins came to this historic race-track in Belgium. 66 Aston owners taking their own car to the track, others renting a factory car for the day.

V12 Vantage in EA booth at Gamescom

Two of my favorite hobbies (astons and video games) combined! An Aston Martin V12 Vantage appeared at the Gamescon video games fair in Cologne. It was present at the booth of Electronic Arts, to promote their upcoming new NFS Most Wanted game (the 3.275th edition in the Need for Speed series).

Meeting the maker: Barry Griffin

One cool thing I like about Aston Martins is the small plaque under the bonnet that says: HAND BUILT IN ENGLAND FINAL INSPECTION BY 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.