Rumbleguts is a V12 Vanquish finished in Ferrari Grigio Titanio Silver (chassis number SCFAC13303B500564) currently owned by the joint AMOC representative for Thailand. This is the second Aston Martin in our family to have this illustrious name. The first belonged to a blue DB2/4 Mark III drophead registation number 70GWW owned by prominent AMOC member Arthur Milton .. and why Rumbleguts ? Because neither of them are able to do anything quietly, as Donald Trump would say “not at all, not even a bit, never known anything like it”.
According to our records Rumbleguts was first registered on the 2nd January 2003 and we adopted him on the 18th April 2014 with 36,015 miles on the clock making us his 5th owner.
Unlike his brothers “Dippy” the DBS V8 and the “Vicar” DB6 (both competing in this competition), Rumbleguts has been comparatively well behaved, particularly when tucked up in bed on his trickle charger.
His primary claim to fame is of course his electro-hydraulic gearbox which never fails to present opportunities to embarrass its owner when either (a) parking (b) going slow (c) stuck in traffic or most annoyingly (d) turning left out of the Dorking Waitrose car park. He resolutely refuses to stop at the car park exit and go left up the hill. I have persevered several times, leap frogging up the road, stalling, paddles back, brake pedal, restart, leap frog, dash warning “engine stalled” – repeat, repeat, repeat, while watching the wide open mouths in the rear view mirror. So we had a little chat one day and I politely asked if we could have a deal, still go to Waitrose but turn right DOWN the hill and he agreed. Tried it a few days later and we were both very happy.
Other than destroying a number of our kids childhood mementos he’s been pretty good on the whole, and that wasn’t entirely his fault. His owner likes to “blip” the throttle whenever he returns him to the garage, and on this particular occasion forgot to pull back both paddles immediately beforehand .. so he naturally remained in first gear and all 470 horses were unleashed into a remarkably squishy line of cardboard boxes. We both got thoroughly told off by she who must be obeyed, but I was the more sheepish of the two.
Work done during our ownership includes new brakes all round to elimimate brake judder, new radiator due to warping, new ignition coils to eliminate misfire on cylinder no.3 (easier to type than pay), refurbished ASM pump, new fuel filler (original seized up when trying to refill at a motorway service station), rebuilt exhaust and most recently a minor gallstone operation to fix a dodgy heater. He is currently on excellent form and at his happiest with ear muffs on and no other cars in the way.