Episode 20 - Paul Spires and
Aston Martin Works
Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, talks everything Aston Martin from James Bond to the DB6 Vantage and the history and future of this iconic brand.
After an introduction, Robert asks Paul (who joins the show from Newport Pagnell in England) to explain Aston Martin Works and what it means for car lovers (1:22) and the detailed archives that help in restoring old cars and preserving history (4:16) before moving onto the options in restoring your car (6:52). Then they move into Aston Martin's 'Continuation Cars' (11:47), review what makes the GT different than the standard DB4 (13:03), and consider what the production cycle is for these unique cars (15:04). Then they refocus the conversation on what's next for Aston Martin Works (18:29), the Bond legacy (20:29), and the DB3S (21:51). After a quick break--Paul breaks down what happened after the last DB6 Vantage came out (23:46) and Aston Martin's history with the Lagonda marque (26:54). Then Robert asks Paul to consider the future of collector cars (29:52), then takes a brief detour to consider left vs. right driving (32:00) before considering Paul's personal history with cars beyond Aston Martin (33:40). The men conclude their conversation by discussing how Aston Martin Works is offering help to essential workers during the pandemic (38:42).