June 26th 2010

Attended by over 400 enthusiasts, the inaugural Midsummer Classic and ThunderBall, attracted the crème de la crème of Aston Martin cars, owners and enthusiasts to the magnificent grounds of the Stoke Park Club on Saturday 26th June.

Among more than fifty Aston Martin and Lagondas on display in the warm sunshine was the world's most famous car, the actual Aston Martin DB5 used in the making of the movies Goldfinger and Thunderball. Returning to Stoke Park after 45 years, this car was succesfully auctioned by RM Auctions on October 27 for £2,912,000. Also on show was the James Bond Aston Martin DBS from Quantum of Solace, the Vanquish from Die Another Day and the V8 Volante from The Living Daylights.

The Concours judging panel, which included TV chef James Martin and retired England rugby star Will Greenwood, had its work cut out, inspecting the line up of extremely well presented cars. Taking both its class and overall Concours d'Elegance honours, was the famous Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato ‘2 VEV'. Class winners included a one–off 1930 1.5–litre International Fixed Head Coupé, an immaculate 1987 V8 Vantage Volante and a unique 2007 Vanquish S with a glass roof. Staged in partnership with Aston Martin Lagonda, the works LMP1 Aston Martin racer no. 007, fresh from its recent 6th place finish at Le Mans was also on display.

At the evening's James Bond–themed ThunderBall dinner and dance entrants and guests enjoyed a superb dinner before a spirited Bonhams auction of Aston Martin, James Bond and luxury lots raised funds in support of Help for Heroes. Guests were then entertained by Maxine Barrie who rounded off a fabulous summer's day by starting her thrilling live set with the Shirley Bassey classic Diamonds are Forever.

Nicholas Mee of organisers CTR Events said, "The sun shone on the first Midsummer Classic in more ways than one as the event attracted a particularly impressive line up of stunning Aston Martin cars as well as a healthy number enthusiasts, many of whom delighted in having their photograph taken with the Bond DB5 and our very own Sean Connery, OddJob and Jaws lookalike characters'.

Our thanks go to Aston Martin for its unstinting support, and to our sponsors Jaeger–LeCoultre, Louis Roederer and Levison Meltzer Piggott. Also to Bonhams, our entrants and generous guests for supporting Help for Heroes, and of course to the Stoke Park Club for playing host in our inaugural year."

For further information on future Midsummer Classic events, please email or phone CTR on +44(0)208 741 8822.

For full event details, photo gallery and report of the 2010 'Mid–Summer Concours d'Elegance & ThunderBall' , please visit our dedicated event website:

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