On Oulton Park: “A traditional British circuit” more suited to “motor bikes than for cars.”
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img SportsCarShop.com ::: 1991 Aston Martin Virage
AT least a decade behind its time and featuring enough borrowed parts from Audi, Chrysler, VW and Ford that you could be forgiven for thinking it a kit car, the Aston Martin Virage coupe remains nonetheless a very special red herring for Aston.
Only 365 coupes were produced between 1989 and 1995 and despite prodigious power: a 5.3 L V8 producing 330 hp and 364 lb-ft torques, a Chryco sourced three-speed slush box and hefty 4,000 pound saddle ensured grand-touring rather than sports car performance (0-60 in 6.5 seconds).
This Virage is hold up in Oregon (pronounced Ore-GEHN, never Ore-GON), is offered @ $48K and has a sly Roger Moore twinkle in its Audi 200-sourced-eye. For those, clearly, of particular taste.
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: YouTube ::: Aston Martin Music
SIXTEEN million and counting viewers have watched Rick Ross’ Aston Martin Music video. As you might expect, there’s a lot of Gaydon on film. Set in Miami, tops down, rhyming about the struggle and Aston Martins from a flawless 80s V8 Vantage to gloriously fresh Rapide. Why should Bentley and Lamborghini be the pin-up cars for a generation of would-be, could-be hip-hop artists? All this production is a few choice words (the 10 year-old @ 0:21), nice shots, fine rides, and beautiful girls with our friend Rick Ross as our story telling guide. It’s escape. It’s simplicity. And for Aston Martin, it’s marketing gold.