Special party for Aston Martin
100-YEARS: Aston Martin will celebrate its 100-years in sports car racing by hosting a unique race series in July.
LONDON, England - The largest collection of Aston Martin racing cars yet at a single track will meet at Brands Hatch, a race circuit in the UK, in July 2013 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 on 6th and 7th July.
2013 is the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the automaker, and the event in July will recognise the company’s achievements in sports car racing during the last century.
The company 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 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 GT1, GTE, GT3 and GT4 cars in a single race on the Grand Prix circuit.
Additional races will include pre-war cars, 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 the automaker’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 road machinery, while everything from pre-war Ulsters through to Nimrods and the 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 cars from the DB5’s first appearance in Goldfinger in 1964 to its most recent appearance in Skyfall.
Meanwhile, owners of the cars will be invited to take part in track parades and to display their cars around the historic venue.