One of most eagerly anticipated Beaulieu events raced into the fast lane as ‘Simply Aston Martin’ celebrated the marque’s proud history in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.
Having been a friend of the museum all my life, visiting multiple times throughout the year with the International Autojumble, Beaulieu will always hold a special place in my motoring heart.
As an excited and eager child I would always be given one model car at the end of the day – if I was good! My now bloated collection of these die-cast classics a testament to how often we visited this magical museum.
A fantastic showcase of around 311 examples of these motoring icons were on show, with a line-up ranging from an early 1934 Aston Martin Mark II to stunning, brand new DB11s.
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Now in its third year, Simply Aston Martin started wet, but the drive from Salisbury in our DB7 Volante provided all the build up any classic fan would expect from a car with such presence and stature.
On arrival at Beaulieu I was pleasantly surprised to be in a large queue of Aston Martins, dispersing any fears that many would not show up in the poor weather.
Aston Martin – Beaulieu Team
The very efficient Beaulieu team made light work of carefully and strategically parking the cars, stimulating interest by scattering Aston’s around the welcoming grounds.
Owners displayed a huge range of DB9s, Volantes and Vantages, alongside modern classic DB7s and even a Cygnet! Equally impressive were classic Astons, including a 1958 DB Mark III, parked alongside several DB4s, DB5s and DB6s.
Later DBS, V8 Vantage and V8 Volante from the 1970s and 1980s also turned heads, along with showroom-fresh examples by Aston Martin dealer Harwoods. Sadly there was no Lagonda this year which was disappointing as I have a soft spot for 80s saloons.
My 8,463 time walking around the museum didn’t dampen my enthusiasm at all, as I reminisced about my favourite place on earth enjoying the incredible cars.
The only disappointment was that Wheels was being refurbished so I couldn’t take my customary ride, but the monorail was the next best thing.
People’s Choice Awards
Our British weather was keen to play it’s usually interfering part, now heavier as the People’s Choice Awards were being awarded, the worthy winner being Red 10 the Red Arrows Edition Vanquish S.
After this the show became rather sparse, which was a shame but even with the adverse weather it was a brilliant turn out and sets us all up nicely for a great 2018 of classic events.
So, the question is, if I were lucky enough to take one car home? It would be the Aston Martin DB4.
Simply Aston Martin Gallery
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