I have had some good and bad times in my life.
I was born in 1930 and my birth registration certificate shows I was delivered in Surrey on June 3rd.
Originally I had a 2/4 seater body, but in 1932 I went back to Harry Bertelli who gave me my current body. I came to Scotland in 1937
I don’t remember much of my early life but in the 1951, William Hunter in Edinburgh, broke my worm drive back axle at the last race meeting at Winfield in the Borders. Over the winter he replaced it with an ENV axle, and raced me again at the first ever race meeting at the ‘new’ Charterhall circuit in 1952.
He passed me on to a man in Glasgow, who was pretty awful to me driving me into a lamp post and bending my front axle! He dumped me in a scrap yard. Luckily I was found and extracted from there by a couple of youngsters who started to repair me.
However, after their National Service, they left me languishing in a stable. Then 58 years ago, my current owner, Roger, came along, gave them £27-10-0d and took me to his home (most of me in a Triumph Herald Estate!) where he put me back together again.
During my time with him, I have been running off and on but with various long stints in hospital for some major transplants. He has taken me to some interesting places, Including Balmoral Castle, John O’Groats and Northern Ireland for the Ards TT anniversary. He has exercised me on Tours, Rallies, Autotests, Trials and Hill Climbs – all activities I have enjoyed.
After the most recent attention to both my axles and my gearbox, I am again feeling pretty young and sprightly in spite of the fact that I am 90 years old this month. Unfortunately my birthday party, to which other pre war Astons were invited, has had to be cancelled ...........
Motoring as it used to be pre war? Well no, this photo was actually taken in 1988!