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From best-selling author, racer and stunt driver Ben Collins - the man who was The Stig - comes a story of spies, speed and hard-driving genius: a driver's love letter to one of the world's best-loved machines.

Aston Martin's first, wickedly fast models were forged at a time when Ferrari's premises at Maranello was nothing but a ploughed field. This book celebrates a century of innovators who kept the fire burning brightly for over a century, from the visionary pioneers Martin and Bamford to modern-day design guru Adrian Newey; from a glamorous web of pre- and post-war spies and racing drivers, to David Brown and the achingly beautiful DB models beloved of Bonds past and present.

Ben Collins explores the car with the double-o prefix from a unique perspective behind the wheel, carving through country lanes in his father's V8 Vantage, driving Aston Martins in four James Bond movies and competing against them in the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race.

Ultimately, this is a very British success story: of a triumph of engineering that has burned brightly from the Roaring 20s to the 2020s, and an iconic car that never says die.

©2020 Ben Collins (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • Tom Scott
  • 13-06-2021

entertaining and informative

really enjoyes this one. its a great story very well told by Ben with lots of colourful anecdotes.

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  • Michael
  • 19-04-2021

You can tell the Author loves the topic

amazing information a fair amount i already new (the bulldog i didn't know) with plenty of behind the scenes stuff from The Stig. Cannot wait for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2021

A good listen for petrolheads

An excellent listen. It was interesting to hear from when Aston Martin came, how all those great names knew each other, the stories, everything. Thanks very much!

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  • Setright
  • 23-11-2020

History comes alive

An intriguing story, well worth listening to for its own sake.

This is 3rd book Ben Collins has read for me, and I am now certain that Top Gear missed a trick.

Collins was a great Stig, but TG should've let him talk!

His storytelling style would've blown the other three out of the water. Perhaps they knew, and therefore preferred to keep him quiet.

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  • 17-10-2020

Speed read...

Lots of very interesting facts. well written and pacey. Fascinating. A book worthy of the iconic company. Thanks Ben.

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