The Towns Vantage
A new feature, tales from behind the stable door!
24 hours in the making! Autopsort magazine is reporting a potential return to Le Mans in 2005 for Aston Martin with a Prodrive developed racer based on the new VH chassis to be used in the DB9 and V8 Vantage. For more details Autosport
Farewell old chum...the
passing of a legend! It
is with great sadness that I report today's passing of Roger Stowers, long
time historian and archivist of Aston Martin Lagonda. I was
privileged to be his friend and this site and my ownership of Astons is in
no small part due to his kindness, encouragement and enthusiasm.
I first met Roger as a 17 year
old after hitching a ride to the factory In Newport Pagnell on a visit
from my home in Australia. Even though I was too young to drive and
certainly couldn't afford an Aston at the time he welcomed my enthusiasm
and encouraged me to one day become an owner. An impromptu tour of
the factory sent me home more determined to one day have a Vantage in my
garage. Now that three reside there, vetted and approved by
Roger, all a testament to his help and the friendship we built up over the
last 25 years. I still have fond memories of letting Roger loose on
the racetrack in Portland Oregon in my Vantage when he last stayed with
me. Many fellow owners with have similar tales of the man's kindness
and inspiration, their ownership encouraged by factory visits he so ably
led with a love of the marque that will be sorely missed.
Aston mystery solved...it's all in a name! There's a joke going around Aston circles after the open day at the new Gaydon facility. What's the name of Aston Martin's robot (the first in the companies history)? Hand (Aston can now claim the new DB9 is built by hand!) For more details of the open day have a look at the AMOC report at this link. Hand built at GAYDON The PR guru at the factory contacted us indicating the waiting list for Vanquishes had eased as production is now up to 550 cars per year, or 12 each working week. Considering the level of hand assembly required for each vehicle this is a remarkable rate of production.
DB7+2 = Vanquish Vanquisher! Not since Ford bought Aston Martin have they produced a car worthy of the name...that is until now. At last they deserve full praise for a car, the new DB9, set to make its debutant appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show this coming week. Tempting though the AM V8 Vantage was when launched at Detroit earlier this year, the DB9 is the car that will make or brake the company. With 50% of its components to be used in the smaller Aston the new car serves as a proof of concept for the VH alloy chassis architecture and gives Aston time to refine production methods at the new Gaydon factory before the launch of the V8 Vantage in 2005. Developed in-house and close to budget it makes the Vanquish seem decidedly ordinary. A bespoke interior, room in the back for two, new suspension and a transaxle gearbox offering ideal weight distribution make it look a bargain against the price of its big brother. After the DB9 announcement this week those few still on the dwindling waiting list for the Vanquish may consider changing their orders. Aston may revamp their supercar before its put out to pasture in a few years by incorporating the DB9 interior and bringing forward the Vanquish Vantage to keep the order books full. It's certainly interesting times at Newport Pagnell, whoever thought they'd get vanquished by an upstart insider from up the road! For more pictures of the DB9, including the full interior visit this link at Auto Express.
Aston revives AM V8 Vantage, 25 years on! Britain's first "Supercar" the V8 Vantage has been revived as Aston's first "Super Seller" for model year 2005. Featuring a rear opening hatch, Aston's second hatchback (the DB 2/4 was the first) is slated for annual production of 3000 units beginning 2005. The 4.3 litre V8, developed by Cosworth, boasts 350 bhp and a paddle shift semi-automatic rear mounted gearbox. Top speed for the 1500kg hot hatch is claimed at 200 mph. For pictures click here MY05 AM V8 Vantage. For more coverage of the launch visit these sites Pistonheads.com, thecarconnection.com, EuropeAutoNews
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