Ever since the first Aston Martin was crafted more than one hundred years ago, they’ve had a talent for creating beautiful. Founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913 in a small London workshop, Aston Martin has since grown to become an internationally admired luxury brand.
The love of beautiful has always been guiding principle. And Martin and Bamford’s coming together – origins as a company – was their earliest expression of it.
Both men had a passion and a talent for machines, propulsion, engines and racing. They had a shared love for the car because it provided them the most exhilarating and memorable experiences. Moments of beauty. Moments that they craved to create, repeat, celebrate and share. That passion drove them to hand build cars that were ever faster, more powerful, thrilling, comfortable – more beautiful – than the previous.
Little wonder then that they named Aston Martin after one singular motoring event in Buckinghamshire, England. A moment of pure driving emotion, when Lionel Martin took on the Aston Clinton Hill Climb race in their latest creation, and won.
Since earliest days, they have always believed that racing helped to improve our cars. From historic debut in the 1922 French Grand Prix, to the 24 Hours of LeMans winning DBR1 in 1959, and the Monza success of the expressive DB4GT, some of most loved cars have performed at the highest levels of competitive racing.
This is true as much today in our second century as in our first. From stunning victory in 2017 for the V8 Vantage GTE in the 24 Hours of LeMans GTE Pro Class, to the technically advanced Valkyrie hypercar, they have continued to craft innovative cars with the beauty of competitive racing at their heart.