Aston Martin Racing

ASTON MARTIN TO CELEBRATE CENTENARY AT BRANDS HATCH

Press Release   •   Feb 06, 2013 11:55 GMT

The largest collection of Aston Martin racing cars ever to gather on a single track will meet at Brands Hatch in July for a unique race series to continue the British brand’s centenary celebrations.

More than a hundred of the marque’s racing cars, dating from 1922 to the present day, will gather for the two-day race series in Kent on 6th and 7th July.

2013 is the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Aston Martin, and the event in July will recognise the company’s achievements in sports car racing during the last century.

Aston Martin has recorded multiple wins at Le Mans, including outright victory in 1959, as well as the World Sportscar Championship the same year and most recently the Le Mans Series title in 2009.

The two-day event will see Aston Martin racing cars from nearly every decade compete on the Brands Hatch Indy and Grand Prix circuits. Two special centenary races are also planned, the first covering the pre-war era to the mid 1960s, and the second open to all Astons from the mid-sixties, including the latest Aston Martin GT1, GTE, GT3 and GT4 cars in a single race on the Grand Prix circuit.

Additional races will include pre-war Aston Martins, with Lagondas and Bentleys also expected to take part. Meanwhile the AMOC Intermarque Championship, ‘50s Sports Cars, Equipe GTS and HRDC Touring Greats categories will also pit cars from throughout Aston Martin’s history against contemporary rivals. The weekend will also feature two rounds of the 2013 Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain.

Off the track there will be examples of nearly every Aston Martin racing car ever produced, plus some of its finest road machinery, while everything from pre-war Ulsters through to Nimrods and the Aston Martin AMR1 will take part in on-track demonstrations.

The marque’s connection with James Bond will also be showcased in a display to celebrate the history of 007’s Aston Martin cars from the DB5’s first appearance in Goldfinger in 1964 to its most recent appearance in Skyfall.

Meanwhile, owners of Aston Martin and Lagonda cars will be invited to take part in track parades and to display their cars around the historic venue. A concours area, dealer stands and live music will also entertain visitors, while a special celebration dinner will be held on the Saturday night in the MotorSport Vision (MSV) Centre at Brands Hatch.

David Richards, chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “Brands Hatch has played an important part in Aston Martin’s racing history so is a fitting venue for one of the key events in our year of centenary celebrations.

“Legendary drivers such as Graham Hill, Jack Sears and Innes Ireland all raced at Brands Hatch in Aston Martin cars and the atmospheric Kent circuit will provide a wonderful arena for our competition and road cars to participate in what I’m sure will be a superb weekend.”

Jonathan Palmer, chief executive of MSV added: “Aston Martin is an incredible brand that is synonymous with quintessentially British sports cars, famous for an enviable pedigree from James Bond 007, royal patronage and Le Mans motor racing success.

“With a great range of ever-evolving road cars, Aston Martin makes products that are more desirable than ever and we believe a record number of its sports cars will be present at the Brands Hatch Centenary Meeting.”

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For more information about entering your Aston Martin for the event please e-mail jwalters@astonmartinracing.com

Tickets for the Aston Martin Centenary Meeting are on sale now at www.brandshatch.co.uk.

For more information contact:
MSV
Kevin Ritson
T 01474 875316
kevin.ritson@msv.com

Aston Martin Racing
Rebecca Jones
T 07866701161
Rebecca.jones@astonmartin.com

Aston Martin motorsport timeline

1922 Aston Martin fields two cars at the French Grand Prix on 16 July

1929 Aston Martin wins the Biennial Cup at Le Mans

1932 Augustus Cesare Bertelli and Pat Driscol win the Biennial Cup at Le Mans

1948 A twolitre Sports wins the Spa Francorchamps 24 Hour race

1949 Three DB2s tackle the Le Mans 24 Hours including one with a new 2.6-litre in-line six-cylinder engine designed by Willie Watson

1952 Aston Martin DB3S debuts at Le Mans

1955-7 Aston Marin DB3S wins its class at Le Mans

1957 Aston Martin wins the Belgian Grand Prix

1958 Aston Martin wins the Goodwood Tourist Trophy

1959 Roy Salvadori and Carol Shelby win the Le Mans 24 Hours outright in the DBR1 setting five new lap records in the process

The DBR1 goes on to win the World Sports Car Championship with victories at the Nurburgring 1000km and Goodwood

1982 The Nimrod finishes third in the World Sportscar Championship

1989 The Aston Martin AMR1 Group C sports prototype competes in the World Sports Prototype Championship

2004 Aston Martin Racing, a partnership between Aston Martin and Prodrive, unveils the DBR9 GT1 car

2005 The DBR9 wins on its debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring and goes on to win the RAC Tourist Trophy at Silverstone

2007-8 The DBR9 wins the GT1 class at the Le Mans 24 Hours

2009 The DBR1-2 LMP1 car wins on its debut in Barcelona and goes on to the Le Mans Series title

2011 Aston Martin Racing unveils the AMR-One, an LMP1 car featuring an Aston Martin carbon monococque chassis and bespoke 2 litre turbo engine

2012 Aston Martin Racing comes second in the inaugural World Endurance Championship and third at Le Mans with the new Vantage GTE

James Walters is Aston Martin Racing's Senior Sales Manager, focusing on supporting customer teams in national and international series. Aston Martin Racing run the World Endurance Championship programme and support customer teams competing in the Vantage GTE, Vantage GT3 and Vantage GT4. Learn more at www.astonmartinracing.com or contact James Walters on +44 (0) 1295 273355.

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