James Bond would have loved this car show

Britain’s Beaulieu opens its ‘Simply’ show season with a gathering of Aston Martins

Each year, Beaulieu, the National Motor Museum in England, stages a series of “Simply” single-marque car shows, and its season began this past weekend with Simply Aston Martin.

More than 300 examples of James Bond’s favorite automotive brand braved less-than-ideal weather, and those cars ranged from a 1934 Mark II to a few of the brand-new DB11.

People’s Choice winner

“In an unusual twist,” the museum noted, “road-going Aston Martins were joined by a scale model of the brand-new Aston Martin AM37 powerboat being showcased by Quintessence Yachts. The manufacturer’s team was also on hand to talk to visitors about the technical features of the supreme water-going craft.”

The People’s Choice award for the day went to Humphrey Bradley for his Vanquish S, one of only 10 produced for the Red Arrows — the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team — and obtained by Bradley in a raffle to benefit the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Simply Aston Martin launched the 2018 schedule of such single-marque events. Next up is Simply Audi on April 29, followed by Simply Ford on May 6, Porsche on June 3, Volkswagen on June 16, Land Rover on June 24, Jaguar on July 8, Japanese on July 29 and Smart on November 11.

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