Almost a hundred years ago, two chaps by the names of Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford came together and started a business creatively named Bamford & Martin. Together, they built cars and after Bamford took one of their first vehicles to success at the Aston Clinton Hillclimb, the company was renamed Aston Martin – a name that resounds in the upper echelons of finer automotives till this day.
Come 2013, Aston Martin will be celebrating its 100th birthday and to mark this milestone, which not many car companies have reached, the British carmaker will showcase its oldest surviving model to date, a 1921 A3 prototype, alongside the latest in line of the Aston Martin family tree, the new Vanquish.
The momentous occasion will take place at the company’s original headquarters in Chelsea on the 15th of January. In July, Aston Martin will host a Centenary Week which includes a concourse event and an open house at its headquarters in Gaydon. There will also be a number of Centenary Drives throughout the year which encompass James Bond-inspired sightseeing to rallying through six European countries. That may seem like a lengthy birthday wishlist, but how often do we celebrate something or someone turning 100?