Aston-ishing

Having just submitted my write up of the limited-edition 1999 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'Le Mans', I am nervously awaiting the final edit of the film we shot while testing the car. Invited by noted Aston Martin heritage dealers, Nicholas Mee & Co, to try the car at Longcross Proving Ground last week, it was the first time I've not only conducted the track test, but written the script and presented my story to camera. It's an astonishing car with a lovely history. Built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of 1959 Aston Martin's Le Mans win, just 40 were made, each with frankly absurd amounts of power.

You'll have to wait for final publication to read my full findings, but suffice to say I was rather impressed. A luxurious lover and bruising fighter all at once, it must be the most versatile car of all but the last few years. Like a lot of cars from the nineties, it's been strangely overlooked by the collecting community up to now, but I suspect it's time has come. Stay peeled for the full edit...

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(VIDEO) BMW M1 Procar, onboard from Monza

What a fantastic few days, straight from Goodwood Members Meeting where we won the Peter Collins Trophy, to Monza for a private track day with a client. My role was to coach and set-up the race cars, making sure they were safe, warm and ready for him to drive. Among the collection is a BMW M1 Procar - one of my all-time favs. There's just something about the shape that really appealed to me as a kid when they were racing on the F1 support bill in period during the '80's. And what about that noise... oh man. It sounds even better from inside! See for yourself... (be sure to set the playback to HD by clicking the 'gear' icon)