As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve become a bit jaded to seeing cool cars just parked. It’s one of the bad things about this line of work…when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all until you see them in motion. And that especially goes for cars that sit about a hundred pay grades well above my very own. Since they are unobtanium, they are just artworks to me for the most part. At least, with the exception of earlier today. I stopped by NCM Motorsports Park to handle some business and to check up on their newest additions on what was a pretty busy day. At the far end of the autocross area was a gaggle of Bowling Green’s finest working cones on their motorcycles, and on the track were a collective of race cars and high-end pieces not normally seen out and about. Among the majority of the cars (Corvettes and some really trick British roadster/sports types) were some exotics. One of which gained my full, complete attention. I went dumb…and went scrambling for my camera.
What you are looking at is a 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante. This is about the halfway point of the V8 platform, which ran from 1969 to 1989, and there is no denying that the Ford Mustang had a lot to do with the overall design of the car. (Though, I must admit, the only Mustang I see is Mustang II in the nose area.) Do I care about that? Do I love this car because of it’s association with the most famous fictional spy? Nope. I love the AMV8 cars because they are neat, tidy, and have a classically British look, but with just enough American styling put in to make it exciting. It’s like having a hot whisky for afternoon tea.
And it wasn’t even the only jaw-dropper there. Among the notables, there was a Ferrari 458 Italia in a color best described as Bailey’s cream, a Jaguar XKR from the 1990s and a whale-tail Porsche Turbo. Apparently I had just missed an Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoligo taking some runs around the track as well. I might not be impressed with the Ferrari, even though it’s a wicked instrument, and I’m not a Porsche fan, but I know people whose brain would leak out of their left ear if they saw an air-cooled Turbo just sitting there. The XKR a gorgeous-looking machine in my eyes, but that’s simply opinion.
And that’s what we are wanting from you today, readers. What would make you stop in a crowded lot full of cars? What rolling machine would cause you to lose all sense? On a sunny, gorgeous day like we had today, it was all I could do to simply snap a few pictures of a droptop Aston…this car needed to be hauled out onto the open road and uncorked. Woof.