The car was bought from Stirling Performance in London in 2017. It was in good shape, but soon received a top to bottom service by astonDB7.com in Chertsey. I then started using the car for driving to work and attending events from Beaulieu and Goodwood to Silverstone and Bicester and the occasional AMOC area 10 event. I improved my detailing skills, polished out the odd swirl, cleaned the leather and tried a range of waxes for that ultimate shine.
After a year of regular use, it went back to Chertsey for a service. When journalists contacted Chris at astonDB7,com and asked about a DB7 Vantage that they could feature in an article; knowing mine was in full working order, he put them in touch. I soon spent a day at the ‘Top Gear’ track at Dunsfold with 4 other performance cars. After several months, I was delighted to find that the Aston was selected and featured on the front cover of the January 2018 Classic Cars magazine.
At Bicester Flywheel in 2018, I met a company organising track days for classic cars. We agreed that a DB7 was ‘in the spirit’ of the best British classic cars, and would qualify for a place at their Goodwood event. It turned out to be a hot summer day and a superb event. The two seater Spitfires were flying passenger rides, so driving the Goodwood track with Spitfires overhead was a special experience.
The car has continued in regular use, and in 2019 it collected 3rd place prize at the Brooklands Members show in the modern classics section – handicapped by a cracked rear bumper after been hit from behind on my way to Goodwood FoS a couple of weeks earlier – all fixed now. Credits – astonDB7,com, Vantage Engineering, Angelwax Enigma and Michelin Pilot Sports.