Aston Martin - 100 Years
15/01/13Today the prestigious UK based car manufacturer Aston Martin celebrated 100 years since it birth in 1913. UK commercial car photographer Tim Wallace is probably best known for his work shooting Aston Martin and is currently working on a book for our client Aston that we anticipate will be available and released for sale during 2013 the celebratory year.
The luxury brand marked the official anniversary of its founding 100 years ago with a ceremony in Chelsea’s Henniker Mews – the original home of the company that went on to become Aston Martin, founded on 15 January 1913. Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez - “I am proud to be celebrating 100 years of heritage and the best of British craftsmanship."
“Aston Martin is known around the world for our leading design combined with advanced technology. Ours is the coolest luxury car brand on the planet and I am looking forward to our second century of building the world’s most desirable sports cars.”
In the UK, a week-long Aston Martin festival will take place from 15 July to 21 July. Designed to appeal to owners and enthusiasts of the brand, the Centenary Week will include ‘open house’ activities at Aston Martin’s exclusive Gaydon headquarters, including factory-based events and driving tours and will culminate in a 1,000-guest ‘birthday party’ on Saturday 20 July and a spectacular Centenary gathering in central London on Sunday 21 July.
This highlight of the centenary celebrations will be held in partnership with the Aston Martin Heritage Trust and the Aston Martin Owners Club will feature 100 of the brand’s most iconic cars in a multi-million pound timeline display. The event will also see one of the largest gatherings of Aston Martins in the 100-year history of the great British marque.
In addition, appearances at iconic events throughout 2013 including Nürburgring 24-Hours, Silverstone Classic, Villa D’Este, Le Mans 24-Hours and Pebble Beach will ensure that the celebration is truly global.
Dr Bez explained: “Aston Martin remains one of the most exclusive and sought-after brands in the world, so it’s right that our centenary celebrations take place around the globe this year.
“It’s appropriate that we mark the first 100 years of the company in this way and, with exceptional new cars like our ultimate GT – the Vanquish – timeless new DB9 and super-exclusive V12 Zagato, we clearly have a vibrant and exciting future ahead.”
The London event recalls the day 100 years ago when founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford saw their new automotive venture incorporated as ‘Bamford and Martin Ltd’. Production of the very first Aston Martin car, known as ‘Coal Scuttle’ commenced soon after. The ‘Aston’ element was inspired by Lionel Martin’s passion for hill climb competitions, in particular the Aston Clinton hill climb in Buckinghamshire.
10 things you may not know about Aston Martin:
1. There have been 10 different versions of the iconic Aston Martin badge. The current version was introduced in 2003
2. The Aston Martin wings badge has its origins in ancient Egypt – derived from the open wings of the scarab beetle
3. In 100 years Aston Martin has produced just over 60,000 sports cars
4. It is accurately estimated that more than 90% of all Aston Martins built are still in existence
5. Aston Martin has manufactured cars from seven locations in the past 100 years
6. Aston Martin’s global HQ at Gaydon, the company’s first purpose-built home, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013
7. The Aston Martin Owners Club was founded in 1935 at The Grafton Hotel, London
8. The now sold-out One-77 hypercar is Aston Martin’s most exclusive, powerful and expensive production model to date
9. It took 2,700 man hours to produce each One-77
10. The painting process for the current Aston Martin range takes between 50 and 70 hours per car