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chromed As­ton Martin Van­tage, mounted on a large boul­der. I just stopped and stared at this glo­ri­ous au­to­mo­tive sculp­ture.

I swung into the car park, not­ing the sign stat­ing ‘As­ton Martin Park­ing Only’ and parked my car in the VIP Guest area with the ‘other’ brands.

A large stone fa­cade build­ing, with huge tim­ber doors lo­cated be­yond man­i­cured lawns across a small bridge over a moat awaited our en­try. At one end of the moat, seem­ingly float­ing was a DB11; at the other was a stun­ning blue Van­quish.

It al­ready felt very spe­cial to be here.

The foyer con­tained a con­cept of the forth­com­ing As­ton Martin SUV, the DBX, a first for the brand as well as a Red Bull As­ton Martin coupe.

Once again we were wel­comed. This time by Jackie Ir­win, our beau­ti­fully groomed host­ess with a beam­ing smile, bubbly per­son­al­ity and en­cy­clopaedic knowl­edge of all-things As­ton Martin.

Now be­fore we go any fur­ther, I must men­tion that tours of the As­ton Martin fa­cil­ity are freely avail­able, pro­vid­ing you are an owner or cus­tomer. So, it was a huge priv­i­lege for to get an in­side look at the home of this iconic au­to­mo­tive brand.

TOP Ev­ery As­ton spends 75 hours in the paint shop.

LEFT The plac­ing of the badge means it is ready for de­liv­ery.

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