At the end of the day, cars are just like us. They like to come together and have parties at Christmas time, just to reminisce about memories past and think a little about the future. On Friday December 6, at Aston Martin Works in Buckinghamshire, no small number of legendary models gathered for a Christmas party.
2013 has been a tremendous year for the luxurious British brand. Having celebrated their centenary this year, they were obviously in the mood to party, to do whatever it is cars do when they wish to let their hair down.
They were joined by almost 300 guest from across the UK and Europe in a luxurious Christmas celebration hosted by those internationally respected heritage and restoration experts, Aston Martin Works.
Amongst the iconic Aston Martin cars to make an appearance at this Christmas gathering were a few stunning DB models. All eyes were understandably drawn to the Aston Martin DB5 from James Bond's most recent adventure, Skyfall.
Yet attracting the eyes of the true connoisseurs was the incredibly rare DB6 Shooting Brake as once owned by Formula One legend Innes Ireland.
Elsewhere, more contemporary offerings included three One-77 Aston Martin hypercars and a rare-as-hen's-teeth V12 Zagato.
Guests were reminded that their very presence at the gathering was to be viewed as a gesture of thanks, and an invitation to join in the celebrations of the Aston Martin centenary.
Speaking at the event, the appropriately-named Aston Martin Works Managing Director Kingsley Riding-Felce said: “Tonight is our opportunity – every one of the team here at Aston Martin Works – to thank you for your superb support and amazing interest in this great business of ours throughout 2013.
“The building we stand in this evening – Olympia – is our newly-opened heritage showroom and its renovation completes the two-year, multi-million pound redevelopment of Aston Martin Works and cements our position as the home of Aston Martin heritage, restoration, service and repair.”
So! Tonight we've learned that Aston Martin recognise a good deed when they see one. Play your cards right and perhaps you'll be invited to the next such gathering, which will take place in at least a quarter of a century.