When I was 3 years old, I had a Ladybird Book of Automobiles. At that time the Rolls Royce was regarded as being the best car in the world but I felt it was rather staid and old fashioned and that what the world needed was a sports Rolls Royce. The Aston Martin DB4 seemed to be the perfect answer and so it was that I decided that I would have an Aston Martin when I grew up.
Fast forward 46 years and I had done all the sensible things and was looking to replace my ageing Daimler for an XKR. Just for a bit of a laugh, I entered Aston Martin in the search criteria of a well know car trading site and to my great surprise, I found a couple of DB7s within budget. Just. I phoned my mother to tell her I was thinking of buying an Aston Martin and rather than telling me no to be so stupid, she said I'd earned it so why not?
Having tested an automatic version and a manual version, it was clear that the manual version was the one for me and it had a sports exhaust so on 11/11/2006 I became an Aston Martin owner.
My car is Mendip Blue and apart from the exhaust and an upgraded stereo and security system, is pretty much standard. The front grille is an aluminium copy of the black plastic item which I always felt looked a bit cheap.
The exotic location is my driveway in Bognor Regis. The weeds are being dealt with.
I was going to enter the other car in the Associate Class, but it isn't there.