Here’s food for thought: since its founding in 1913, Aston Martin has made only around 85,000 cars, which averages to about 800 a year. That this sounds like a suspiciously lower number is probably due to how pervasive the marque actually is. Apart from its obvious connection with James Bond – Aston Martins have appeared in 12 Bond movies, beginning with the DB5 in 1964’s Goldfinger – the brand also has a long and storied connection with motor racing that started with the French GP in 1923. Coupled with its commitment to flair and luxury, it is little wonder that Aston Martin is held in such reverence in the pinnacle of the global motoring industry.
It was, therefore, not surprising that I was giddy with excitement when we approached the gates to Aston Martin’s headquarters and main production site in Gaydon, Warwickshire, about two hours north-west of London. We’re here courtesy of TAG Heuer, the Official Partner, Official Watch Partner and Official Connected Watch Partner of Aston Martin and Aston Martin Racing. The partnership, which began in 2018, feels like a perfect fit, especially considering the deep roots the two brands share in the automotive and, especially, racing worlds.
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