Simply Aston Martin was a huge success in its launch year, attracting more than 350 examples of these iconic British sports cars at one of the biggest gatherings of Aston Martins in the south.
From pre-war rarities to the latest showroom stunners, Beaulieu expects an even more impressive turn-out for this year’s event in the heart of the New Forest.
Senior Events Executive Andy Ollerenshaw said: “We were thrilled by the impressive turn-out for the first Simply Aston Martin. Judging by the response from Aston Martin owners and feedback from visitors, this year’s rally should be even more fantastic and we hope to hit a total of 400 Astons.”
Aston Martin owners are invited to park up in the picturesque grounds of the National Motor Museum to display their cars, admire prized machines, chat with like-minded enthusiasts and enjoy all of the features of one of the south’s leading visitor attractions.
Two area branches of the Aston Martin Owners’ Club are already booked to attend the event, while Aston Martin dealers will lead convoys of their customers’ cars to join the impressive line-up. With every age and model of Aston Martin welcome, performance motoring fans can be sure to see a diverse mix of historic models, post-war classics and modern-day favourites.
Throughout the day, event participants and Beaulieu’s attraction visitors will have the chance to vote for their favourite car of the show with the People’s Choice Award. In the afternoon, the winner will receive a Beaulieu trophy, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars through the attraction grounds.
Simply Aston Martin is one of eight Simply rallies, including Simply Porsche, Simply VW, Simply Land Rover, Simply Jaguar, Simply Japanese and Simply Smart. The next rally will be Simply Ford on April 30th. Each event celebrates a particular marque or motoring theme, giving enthusiasts and attraction visitors the chance to see some of their favourite machines close up.
For participants arriving in an Aston Martin and joining Simply Aston Martin in the Beaulieu grounds, entrance tickets are £10 an adult and £5 a child. Tickets can be bought on the day or in advance online. To buy a ticket or for more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or call 01590 612888.
Included in the admission ticket is access to all of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum and its collection of more than 250 vehicles, the World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House – which has been home to the Montagu family since 1538 – and its stunning grounds and gardens.
Entry into the Beaulieu parkland for participants is from 9.30am, when the Brabazon Restaurant will be serving hot drinks and breakfast snacks. All other visitors should enter Beaulieu though the Visitor Reception building with a standard attraction admission ticket from 10am.