Rolls Phantom Coupe vs Aston Martin DB9
It's Goldfinger revisited: TG recreates the famous Aston/Rolls car chase...
Posted: 24 Oct 2012
More than that, an agreeable feeling of entitlement sweeps over you. Good-natured entitlement, mind, not at all like the arrogance a big, fast SUV tends to engender. So I feel OK about checking into the château at the end of day one. Hey, Goldfinger stayed in nice places en route, while Bond hung back at the railway hotel. I get a text from Bill asking how the meal is. ‘Beyond five-star,' I truthfully reply. The beep comes back: ‘Two-star doesn't begin to describe this place.'
And it didn't. It was distinctly zero-star. While Paul dined in the château, I was close to the railway station in Reims, tucked away in a grotty little block beyond a dusty park, some way from the town centre. But it mattered not, because a new Aston Martin DB9 was parked in the railway station's long-term car park, strategically placed outside my window. When I was awakened twice by goods trains in the night, and again by commuter trains and platform announcements in the morning, I pulled back the curtains and admired the silver DB9's sleek shape as it sat there, waiting for another day of Grand Touring.