Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.
The James Bond movie "Goldfinger," which featured the suave British super-spy driving an Aston Martin Silver Birch DB5 sports car, was premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, with general release in the United Kingdom the following day. Aston Martins would go on to appear in a number of other Bond films. Aston Martin's roots date back to 1913, when Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin formed a company in London to sell Singer cars. The following year, the men changed the name of their business to Aston Martin (in honor of Lionel Martin's successful performances at hill climb races at Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire, England) and eventually began producing their own high-quality sports cars. By the 1920's, Aston Martin cars were racing in international competitions, including the French Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1947, British industrialist David Brown bought Aston Martin and the next year launched the DB1. In 1959, an Aston Martin DBR1 took first place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the company also won the World Sports Car Championship that year.
James Bond's Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5