May 2013

James Bond may be known for his martini, shaken not stirred, but if one thing encapsulates the style of the suavest of spies above all else it is his signature Aston Martin. The acclaimed DB5 celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Introduced as the height of contemporary cool in the 1964 film, Goldfinger the model made welcome Bond return in Skyfall, this time as a classic, driven by Daniel Craig.

Lovers of these design classics should head to Greenwich on Sunday 19 May when the Aston Martin Owners Club will stage its annual Concours d’ Etat at the celebrated Old Royal Naval College (ORNC). The cars will be divided into 14 different classes including pre-second world war models, the DB4 – DB9 ranges, post-war Lagondas and more recent designs. The free event starts at 10am and runs until 4pm.

“We are delighted that the Aston Martin Owners Club is to stage its annual Concours d’Etat at the ORNC this year,” says Karine Lepeuple, Commercial Director of The Greenwich Foundation, the charity formed in the 1990s to manage the ORNC. “Following the two Bar Italia SC Kick Start Ride Outs, which have seen hundreds of classic Vespas and Lambrettas showcased here, this is another opportunity to get close up to some seriously cool designs. Whether your preference is for classic or contemporary style, Aston Martin has a model just for you and you will certainly find it on display at the Concours.”

Aston Martin – 100 years of elegance and luxury
Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as 'Bamford & Martin Ltd', Aston Martin has developed into an iconic brand synonymous with luxury and elegance. 1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’ following one of Lionel Martin's successful runs at the Aston hill climb in Buckinghamshire. Within a year the first Aston Martin had been built and registered with the name.

Aston Martin DB5 “the most beautiful car in the world”Frequently acclaimed as the most beautiful car in the world, the Aston Martin DB5 entered production in 1963. The following year saw the birth of a relationship that has left an indelible mark on popular culture, as the DB5 was chosen to be James Bond’s car of choice in the classic film Goldfinger.

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