Introduction by Robert Jarman

Every now and then, circumstances combine to enable you to do something you have always dreamed of, and, in my case, this happened recently, when I became aware that Aston Martin Lagonda were celebrating their 100th Anniversary, and had produced a ‘Special Edition’ Vanquish to mark the occasion.

Well, I have fantasised about driving a Vanquish ever since I saw one for the first time, and so, I wrote to Aston Martin, asking if we could test drive one in order to write a review for The Vintage Magazine, on the basis that if I was so interested in these beautiful cars, then my readers would be too!

Aston Martin Vanquish
In fact, I wrote an article for The Field magazine in 2009, called ‘Objects of Desire’ when I had described the Aston Martin DB9 thus:

‘I yearn for an Aston Martin DB9 with its state-of-the-art technology and handling.  This is a true thoroughbred sports car which combines power, beauty and soul, the last quality being a rare commodity in modern cars.  What’s more, it sounds great, too – there’s certainly no Italian whining under this bonnet’.

Anyway, my request was passed on to the delightful Melanie King who runs Aston  Martin Media, and she kindly  offered me the car which you can see in the photographs accompanying this article, and so I accepted with alacrity, and we started planning what we  would do with this stunningly beautiful car.

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Sunday, February 10th, 2013