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29 Nov 2016

Aston Martin Tour

News from the 997 register visit to Aston Martin

It was under a clear blue sky as we gathered in the car park of the new flag ship Aston Martin Dealership in Bristol.

 We were soon inside enjoying excellent bacon sandwiches and coffee. The day was hosted by Matthew Parham, General Sales Manager, and after breakfast we had a tour of the showroom. The front half of the showroom housed a large variety of brand new Astons and the rear half housed a selection of immaculately prepared used Astons.   We were then taken downstairs to the workshops, full of an eclectic mix of Astons.

We then set off for a highly-spirited drive across country to Aston Martin HQ at Gaydon and we were welcomed and then ushered into a designer dining room for an excellent buffet lunch. After lunch the 16 couples were split with the 16 guests taken on a comprehensive tour of the factory. The 16 drivers were split into two groups, each group having a chance to both drive and to have a brief tour of the factory.

The factory tour was very insightful.  Every car produced is truly bespoke and the options are amazing and the production is individual tailored to the customers detailed order – no mass production here. Some of Aston’s iconic and famous cars were also on display.

The driving experience was incredible;  the cars we handled included the new DBS11,  the Vanquish V12 and Rapide S.  We went out in pairs, say in a DBS11 and Vanquish V12 - had half an hour drive in that car, then swapped cars and drove back to HQ. The Aston Martin professional drivers who accompanied us were, as you would expect, experts and knowledgeable and relaxed, and did not mind the use of the right foot.  Although we continue to be Porsche enthusiasts through and through we certainly admired  the power, noise and the delivery of the Astons.

So, after our drives and tours it was time to depart. Everyone without fail had enjoyed a truly unique day. This was made possible by the superb team of staff at Aston Martin, and our grateful thanks go to Matthew and staff at Bristol and all the staff at Gaydon for making it such a special day.

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