Aston Martin will be the event’s official ‘Featured Celebration Marque for 2013’, and highlights during the weekend will include a 100-car parade at lunchtime on Saturday 27 July – featuring a collection of past and present Aston Martin models marking the British company’s historic 100th anniversary.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said, “Aston Martin – ‘Best of British’ – is a sports car company with a great racing history. For us, not only the cars are important but also the people who engineer, build, drive, race and own them, and to celebrate together at Silverstone is the best and most befitting way to do this.”
The Aston Martin story started close to Silverstone when, back in 1913, founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford entered their first car – a modified Singer – into a speed event at Aston Clinton…and won. A year later when Martin started to design and build his own cars he named them Aston Martin in celebration of that early victory in rural Buckinghamshire.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating such a momentous milestone in Aston Martin’s illustrious history at next summer’s Silverstone Classic,” said Nick Wigley, Event Director. “Silverstone is the perfect setting for such a special occasion and we are working closely with Aston Martin, the Aston Martin Heritage Trust and the Aston Martin Owners’ Club to ensure this magnificent centenary is marked in fine style.”
With such a racing pedigree, Aston Martin has also enjoyed many sporting victories at Silverstone from the 1950s right up to recent FIA GT wins in the prized RAC Tourist Trophy in both 2005 and 2008.
The Silverstone Classic always showcases much of Aston Martin’s rich sporting bloodline. Indeed the Royal Automobile Club Historic Tourist Trophy for pre-1963 GT cars has seen back-to-back victories for Aston Martin DB4 GTs. Racing legends Stuart Graham and Richard Attwood captured the coveted prize in 2011 followed by Nick Naismith and John Young in 2012.
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[Source: Silverstone Classic; photo: Tim Scott / Fluid Images]