Welcome to wheels, Taiceer. There’s a lot to like about your V8 Vantage, not least the number plate! What made you opt for this car…
Thanks for featuring me in the magazine. I must say it’s fun imagining to be Bond!
I find that a car is a reflection of one’s character and in my line of work as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, attention to detail is key to a successful surgical outcome. I see this in the Aston Martin.
When I visited the Aston Martin factory in Gaydon, UK, I observed first-hand the effort and time taken to build such a beautiful machine. I was fascinated by how everything was hand-built on the assembly line, from the engine components, axle, exhaust assembly and chassis.
Let’s not forget the attention paid to the interior and exterior…
Exactly; the leather is sourced from farms without barbed wire in order to protect the grain surface of the hide, which is subsequently custom hand-stitched.
Even the paint was sprayed by hand, with this process alone taking up to 25 hours to perfect. I love the two-tone tan and cream interior and black exterior combination.
What are the features that really stand out for you about the car…
The glass key that slides dramatically into the centre console, starting the car with ‘Power, Beauty, Soul’ on the driver’s display. And of course the naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8 which is an orchestra, as it accelerates via the sportshift old-school sequential-manual setup, which encourages greater driver involvement.
It is instantly recognisable on the street as an exotic. It is amenable to the eye with a 3:1 ratio in design, and feminine widened wheel arches at the rear.
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It’s mostly stock aside from a few tasteful mods here and there…
I’d say it is 90 per cent stock and the only customisation is in the detailing; the wheels, rear lights, and all of the chrome trim including the grille is now in black to match the body-paint.
Another nice touch is the custom 24 Karat gold handmade Aston Martin wing badges on the front and rear.
It looks fab and is great to drive, isn’t it…
Absolutely — I love driving this car. I use it as a daily driver, and as a tourer on long weekend getaways. It wants to be driven.
Luckily, we have a good network here in the UAE within the Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC-UAE), where we organise regular excursions and events such as the Jebal Jais and 7 Emirates drive.
Finally, what is your dream car?
The grass is always greener on the other side, and I do appreciate a beautiful car when I see one. However, I do love classics, and that will certainly be the iconic Aston Martin DB5 made famous by Sean Connery in Goldfinger.
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