Video of The Week – Aston Martin DBR9 Tarmac Rally Car

It’s an unlikely idea, but it looks spectacular. I’m a big fan of the GT3 class in FIA rallying. My own personal view is that it’s deliberately discouraged by many organisers, as the sound and spectacle of a well driven GT3RS rally car upstages a WRC car every time. Aston Martin rally cars are nothing new, Prodrive offered a GT3 version of the V8 Vantage in 2006, with limited success. But taking a DBR9 and entering a tarmac rally is something else. This is around ten minutes long, so grab a coffee, turn up the volume and enjoy it. The camera work is no great shakes and without a doubt, the car is a huge thing to be threading down Portugese lanes and stage starts are deliberately gentle, but it’s a great sound, flat shifting down the tree lines avenues….

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Author: Neill Watson

If you love the sound of the Cosworth V8 as much as the V12 Merlin, the smell of Jet A1 as much as Castrol R and admire the late Ray Hanna as much as Sir Stirling, you’ll find you’re both on the same page. Neill's love of art deco buildings means that his ideal home would be a brilliant white, 1930′s control tower in Southern France, with crisply mown grass, biplane parked on the driveway and a Ferrari 288GTO in the garage. This is something that those around him tolerate, though it does concern them from time to time.

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