The "8th" photo is of the car in Richelieu in France on tour in the Loire 2018
We acquired our 1999 DB7 i6 finished in Solent Silver with blue over grey interior in January 2006. Whilst we knew that most of it’s 30,000 miles had been motorway journeys between Newcastle and London we were not aware that for several years it had been parked in the open on the Northumbrian coast. This led to a realisation that whilst fine mechanically a few problems existed under the skin. Over the next few years we identified and cured those issues culminating in a near total re-spray in 2010. Mechanically, the car has performed brilliantly. However, when a timing chain tensioner began to fail at 80,000 miles, we treated it to a front-end rebuild. With several new radiators, new A/C compressor, a refurbished water pump and new timing chain our DB7 has acquired new zest.
We joined the AMOC shortly after buying the car and have enjoyed attending their events over the years. Along the way we have made lasting friendships both in Area 9 and amongst the wider DB7 fraternity having been on most of (and helped organise some) of the model’s annual gatherings. In 2008 we took part in AMOC’s tour to Corsica organised and led by the late Roy Smith and his partner Jill. This led to some 11 other trips to the continent, including Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium and Italy. The car has crossed the Alps, the Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa. It has driven round the Italian lakes, followed the course of the Loire and rested in the Cote D’Azur. In 2019 it was invited to be part of a display of “modern era” Astons in the Daily Telegraph marquee at the Tatton Classic Car Show, Cheshire. After “lockdown” we look forward to many more motoring adventures.