My first close encounter with the marque was while
visiting Doug Bianchi at High Wycombe airfield. I had
come to purchase a restored Stompe biplane (for £300).
Doug also had an Aston Martin International in fine
condition and tried to sell it to me for £1500!. This
kind of put the offer into sharp focus! I could own five
biplanes for this car!
I did drive it around the airfield and loved every
minute of it. This was a real thoroughbred sports car
with hardly any vices at all but I am sorry to say that
I flew out of there with the Stompe!
Later I was able to buy a series of second hand cars and
drove my drophead DB2/4 vantage in the USA from coast to
coast and back with absolutely no trouble at all. This
was in my mind the perfect car, light, responsive and
tough as hell. In addition, the entire hood lifted up to
give unparalleled access to the fine handbuilt (and
signed) engine. I sold it in the US for rather a lot of
money (the James Bond film had just come out) and later
bought a DB6. How things had changed! This was
unexciting, heavy and with electric window wiper motors
that were always on the blink. Indeed, this was so
common that the factory was always out of spares. The
standby hand winder did the job in about 30 turns to my
While visiting the factory, they tried to sell me a
demonstrator V8 DBS. It was nice, but if I had to buy a
wedge shaped car, there were others I thought were
better. I elected to buy a BOSS 429 Mustang and actually
never regretted it!