South Africa – Following the successful Aston Martin centenary celebrations throughout 2013, owners and fans can now look back on an unrivalled 12 months of activity through a special web page, www.astonmartin.com/100, that acts as a digital store for its centenary memories.
Events to celebrate the brand’s 100th birthday started in London’s Henniker Mews in January 2013 and moved to a number of countries including United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, North America and China.
In October 2013, and the centenary focus turned to South Africa, with automotive enthusiasts focused on Kyalami Race track for a world record attempt. A large crowd of Aston Martin owners and performance car enthusiasts gathered on the day were delighted when Jay Kay, the lead singer of Jamiroquai and well known supercar aficionado, joined in the celebrations by putting in some hot laps in an Aston Martin Vantage V12.
The day however was about making history and setting new records, and in true South African style they managed to get 63 Aston Martin’s on the Kyalami race circuit setting an official record for the largest gathering of these hand built dream machines on African soil.
Meanwhile, back in Britain and back on the track, the marque was stealing the show at the Goodwood Revival where the Aston Martin Project 212 car was driven to victory in the Revival’s blue riband event, the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy Celebration race.
In November Aston Martin South Africa was once again in the news, this time for the Birthday Bash of the year.Commemorating a decade in the industry for the Daytona Group and of course the centenary birthday of the legendary British motoring icon.
The unveiling saw three new jaw-dropping models drive onto a ramp in the centre of the marquee, which further lead to a rotating platform, allowing everyone to admire and drool over every detail the marques had to offer. These included the new ultra sleek Rapide S, Vanquish Volante and the V12 Vantage S.
Aston Martin’s centenary artist-in-residence, James Hart Dyke, encapsulated the spirit of the centenary by unveiling the exceptional works he created over the course of the year to record the celebrations for posterity.
Of course there have been a myriad of other celebration activities around the world during 2013 as owners, enthusiasts and dealer partners have taken every opportunity to display their affection for this great British luxury sports car maker.
The Aston Martin Yearbook includes exclusive content of some of the most iconic Aston Martins from the past 100 years, as well as full pictorial coverage of the celebrations throughout 2013. The centenary souvenir is available to order at www.astonmartinyearbook.com.