Centenary Parade – the head of the pack

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 Parade – 107 Aston Martins on the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Earlier today, as a part of Aston’s centenary celebrations, 107 Aston Martins (including my Red and Blue) did a Parade Lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The convoy of 107 Aston Martins was lead by the new Aston Martin CC100 driven by Dr Ulrich Bez, the iconic DBR1 driven by Sir Stirling Moss and, as a special guest, mr. Bond himself, Daniel Craig driving a DB5!

Did Daniel Craig buy this Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster?

Did Daniel Craig buy a V12 Vantage Roadster? I am not sure, but he did take delivery of one. Yesterday, Driving.co.uk published this photo and reports that Daniel Craig “was handed the keys to the bright red V12 Vantage convertible”. Now which one of the 101 V12 Roadsters is this? Judging from the picture, the “bright red” could either be Flame Orange or Red Lion. Looking at my V12 Vantage Roadster Register, there’s only two V12VR’s in Flame Orange (one the AML demo, the other recently for sale, and two UK cars in Red Lion (the first also a demo, the other unknown). So has Daniel Craig been lent one of the demos or did he really buy one?