I visited Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2010 with a friend and had an enjoyable day salivating over automotive delights both old and new.
Cars enthralled excited spectators as they navigated the famous “Hill Climb” sometimes genteelly as befits a veteran car and its suave “old-boy” driver. Conversely other participants at the wheel, demonstrated spirited driving with an alacrity befitting a professional racer.
It was a fantastic spectacle for any self confessed “petrol-head” to savour. One disappointment on the day was caused by my momentary lapse in concentration.
“Did you see that, it was the One-77” proclaimed my exuberant friend and fellow admirer of Aston Martin. “Where?” I retorted, but the moment was lost. It had disappeared from view and had been spirited away back to the Gaydon HQ.
A bitter-sweet moment, slightly tarnished the day as I listened irritated, as my friend waxed lyrical about the sinuous form that I would be unlikely to ever see again.
A comment on Aston Martin’s Facebook by Karen Williams, Customer Liaison Executive, of Stratstone Aston Martin, Wilmslow reminded me of the forthcoming opportunity to redress the unfortunate incident at Goodwood, but there was no need for a reminder, I was not going to miss seeing this engineering leviathan again.
Pearlescent white and amazing to behold
A gathering of like-minded individuals who appreciate the marque from Gaydon assembled around the marvellous Aston Martin One-77, but they could not distract my gaze as I stood dumbfounded by this automotive masterpiece.
The pearlescent white paint was co-ordinated with a tan leather interior. It is the unusual juxtaposition of cutting edge, Motorsport derived technology, featuring carbon fibre in numerous places, with the obvious traditional craftsmanship of wonderful leather upholstery and perfectly executed stitching.
The stainless steel plate on the engine cover, itself a vision in carbon fibre, proudly proclaimed “Hand Built in England” and I for one felt very patriotic. England has a well earned reputation for its Motorsport engineering and an ability to create cars with emotion and pedigree. It must have been one of the finest days in English automotive history when the first Aston Martin One -77 left the production facility.
A selection of images were promptly taken as I tried to capture every curve, delicious detail and meticulous marvel. I think the selection of images shown conveys more than the words ever can.
There were more than seven wonders in the world of Stratstone of Wilmslow
An Aston Martin racing car was on display, bearing the name of the Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive of Aston Martin and featuring a fantastic livery on the side with an outline of a Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece. I own two of these wonderful watches, so now I need a new Aston Martin to compliment them.
Vantage, DB9, Virage, DBS, Rapide – all wonderful children of Warwickshire enticed my eyes.
Children – they start them young in Wilmslow
Friendly well behaved children, marvelled at the cars on show, yet not a sticky hand in sight!
Dilip Gosall and Daniel Luxton, both aged 6 years of age and school friends, deliberated over the specification of their desired transport with dreamy eyes.
Two siblings Oliver Mills (16 and a 1/2 – the half is important according to his father) and Christian Mills, 13 years were to be found appraising the carbon fibre diffuser to the rear of the One -77.
Motoring cognoscenti, and yet not able to legally drive on public roads, but they were obviously smitten with the One-77.
I have paid dearly to visit restaurants where the high price attracted condescending service from the Head Waiter or Sommelier as if the superior quality food and wife demanded aloof treatment.
Not so, at Stratstone of Wilmslow. Staff and patrons alike demonstrate friendliness and warmth, sharing the one passion common to all, the wonder that is an Aston Martin.