Aston Martin…Not Just For James Bond Part 1

By David G. Firestone

When the name Aston Martin comes up, people typically have one of two association. The first is a luxury car company, the second is James Bond. Aston Martin has a history that dates back to 1913, and has many iconic cars. Aston Martin is a British Cultural Icon, and even has a Royal Warrant. They supply The Prince of Wales with motor cars.

What most people don’t really realize about Aston Martin is that they have a rich history in auto racing. They have raced at LeMans at various points since 1931, in various different vehicles. They were also heavily involved in Formula 1 as a manufacturer from 1959 to 1960. It was a sponsor from 2016 to 2020, until returning as a manufacturer in 2021 They have won multiple class championships at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007, 2008 in GT1, a 2014 in LMGTE Am and 2017 in LMGTE Pro.

In 2014, there were a number of drivers who raced for Aston Martin in the LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am categories in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. They won the LMGTE Am driver championship with David Heinemeier Hansson and Kristian Poulsen each with 198 points. One driver from their stable wore these Alpinestars race gloves. The gloves show light use,and it’s impossible to figureout who wore them, as there is on indication whatsoever. The right glove has some minor designs on the red outside, and some more intricate designs on the inside. There is also material loss on the inside The wrist of the glove has the FIA certification. Inside the wrist is the Alpinestars warranty label, and a small patch that says WIN. The left glove is identical to the right glove, including the damage on the inside of the fingers. Next Week, an Aston Martin mechanic suit.

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