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Little Classics News: 12 April 2016

Huge Gathering of Classic Aston Martins Descend on Beaulieu

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More than 350 Aston Martins cruised across the New Forest to Beaulieu on Sunday 10th April for the first ever Simply Aston Martin rally, making it one of the largest gatherings of Aston Martins in the south.

Aston Martin TBH 990E

Events Co-ordinator Andy Ollerenshaw said: “We were expecting up to 300 cars for the rally but we were absolutely delighted by just how many owners joined us for the first Simply Aston Martin event. The response from Aston Martin owners and feedback from visitors was incredible and we anticipate that this successful event will return again next year.”

Aston Martin USV 820

Every era of the British marque’s history was represented in the varied display. Pre-war examples such as a rare 1933 Le Mans Short Chassis were complemented by a selection of 1950s and ‘60s DB models, including a 1959 DB2/4 MkIII Fixed Head Coupe, one of only five made, and a pair of DB6 Volantes.

Aston Martin WXM 446

Classics from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s such as the V8 Vantage and DB7 were well-represented, while Aston Martin’s modern creations also featured heavily in the line-up. The latest DB9 and Rapide S models were parked alongside such special editions as a 1996 DB i6 GTS, a 2009 DBS ‘Quantum of Solace’ and two brightly coloured examples of the limited edition N430.

1930 Aston Martin International Series One KF 983

The Aston Martin Owners Club brought a selection of members’ cars, while visitors could see new Aston Martins for sale on the dealer stand of Aston Martin Chichester.

Lord Montagu with People's Choice winner Tim Davis

Throughout the day, owners and visitors voted for their favourite car of the show in the People’s Choice Award. Taking the top prize in the afternoon awards ceremony was Tim Davis with his stunning 1930 Aston Martin International Series One. Tim from West Sussex, who has owned his very early Aston Martin for five years, was presented with the trophy by Lord Montagu, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars around the grounds.

Lord Montagu with People's Choice Runner Up Terry Seaborn

Lord Montagu also presented prizes to the two top People’s Choice runners-up. Terry Seaborn was chosen for his 1962 DB4 Vantage Series 4, which was one of only 44 built and has been extensively restored by Terry during his three decades of ownership. Also scoring highly with visitor votes was the 2009 DB9 belonging to Lisa and Steve Mackay, with its spotless black paintwork.


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