Aston Martin are celebrating their first century, and they're doing it in style. They have planned many events this year, amongst which this spectacular airlift of an Aston Martin Vanquish onto the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel.
Celebrations began on 15 January 2013, exactly a century after the foundation of Bamford and Martin (the company was renamed Aston Martin in 1925) at Henniker Mews in London. A specially-commissioned plaque was unveiled to mark the centenary. Other events include the 'Best of British On Tour' drive, from 15 to 21 July, reaching London, and another (21-27 July) in Scotland, Skyfall country, another expression of British soft power!
Today, 17 January 2013, the Aston Martin Vanquish was the first car to be placed on the helipad, 300 metres above the ground.
Limited-edition Aston Martin cars will be available world-wide for the centenary. 100 units of the V8 Vantage, the DB9, the Rapide and the Vanquish will be built with a graduated paint finish, solid sterling silver Aston Martin wings badges with trans flux enamel inlay, and a special Aston Martin hallmark. According to history, these cars stand a good chance of surviving for another century, because of the 60,000 cars manufactured over the last 100 years, over 90% are still in existence.