A few words of background are relevant not about history, how or when but why. I raced my father’s car - BPA889, Aston Martin Le Mans, in my teens and early 20’s; I drove my father’s DB6 MKii Vantage Volante back from my driving test in 1977. At the same time being able to use his daily commute an AMV8 Lagonda one of 7. These were sold in the early 1980’s. Although a DB5 did appear in the late 1999’s. Aston Martin’s have been in the family fold. When I had the opportunity in 2016 to buy an Aston it was the Pre War era that was of interest.
The 15/98 is a practical and in pre-war and pre 1970’s an almost affordable Aston. The plan was never to go back into circuit racing but to find a usable car to run regularly and compete in endurance rallies. EXA had been re-imported from Holland where she’d undergone some restoration. During her life she’s changed colour from Black with Red wire wheels and a red leather interior to BRG, tan interior and sliver wheels.
She’s competed in 2017 and 2018 the Summer Trial, 3rd in class in 2018, the 2017 RAC 1000 Mile Trial, the 2017 Blue Train Challenge - 2nd in class, the 2018 and 2019 Flying Scotsman and the 2019 Shamrock Vintage Challenge. She also partook in the AMOC London to Edinburgh 2019 Centenary Tour and the 2019 Autumn Concours - 2nd in Class. She's just been featured in the club magazine.
2020 has been cancelled so far. No Scottish Malts and no Summer Trial.
The family connection continues; my son is my navigator and he was taught to drive her so he could whisk his bride off at his wedding.
Aston Martin is part of the family.