From bestselling author, racer and stunt driver Ben Collins – the man who was The Stig – comes a story of spies, speed and hard-driving genius: a driver’s love letter to one of the world’s best-loved machines.
Aston Martin’s first, wickedly fast models were forged at a time when Ferrari’s premises at Maranello was nothing but a ploughed field. This book celebrates a century of innovators who kept the fire burning brightly for over a century, from the visionary pioneers Martin and Bamford to modern-day design guru Adrian Newey; from a glamorous web of pre- and post-war spies and racing drivers, to David Brown and the achingly beautiful DB models beloved of Bonds past and present.
Ben Collins explores the car with the double-o prefix from a unique perspective behind the wheel, carving through country lanes in his father’s V8 Vantage, driving Aston Martins in four James Bond movies – Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), SPECTRE (2015) and No Time To Die (2021) – and competing against them in the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race.
Ultimately, this is a very British success story: of a triumph of engineering that has burned brightly from the Roaring 20s to the 2020s, and an iconic car that never says die.
‘Aston Martin: Made in Britain’ by Ben Collins will be published on 13 October, 2020 by Quercus.
Release Date: 13 October, 2020
Format: Hardback / Paperback / eBook
Dimensions: 15.2 cm x 2.8 cm x 23.2 cm