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18:06  02 august  2019
18:06  02 august  2019 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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Aston Martin , the DBR 1 and Goodwood are forever linked by the events of 60 years ago, celebrated at the 2019 Festival of Speed. Traditionally, the central feature at the Goodwood Festival of Speed includes several cars. They’re invariably cherry-picked road and or racing icons from a chosen

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Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star
Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star
Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star
Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star
Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star
Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star

Traditionally, the central feature at the Goodwood Festival of Speed includes several cars. They’re invariably cherry-picked road and or racing icons from a chosen marque’s history.

Not so this year with Aston Martin, as a lone DBR1 takes to the swooping structure.

So it should, too, as it marks 60 years since Aston made its own motorsport history at Goodwood. In 1959, the marque secured the World Sportscar Championship with victory at Goodwood’s RAC Tourist Trophy (following victory at Le Mans).

And it did so with the DBR1.

Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star© Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Aston Martin Goodwood FOS Stirling Moss took victory honours, but only after swapping cars due to his first car catching ablaze in the pits.

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The Aston Martin DBR 1 was a sports racing car built by Aston Martin starting in 1956, intended for the World Sportscar Championship as well as non-championship sportscar races at the time.

Aston Martin Works is the historic home of the brand, and has a history of its own that is almost six decades in the making, so it goes without saying Stephen knows a thing or Stephen retells DBR 1 /1’s most memorable moment, a tale that places near the top of the all time greatest racing stories .

The DBR1’s domination was undeniable. It secured both first and second places, finishing 25 laps ahead of the closest pursuing Ferrari. The lead car was famously piloted by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori. This was before Caroll got into squeezing big V8s into AC sports cars.

It was 10 years before that, in 1949, that Aston Martin first competed at Goodwood with the DB3S,. The company recently marked the 1959 win with a new DBS 59 edition.

Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star© Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Aston Martin DBR1 Goodwood FOS

This certainly feels like an apt year to be celebrating momentous moments in Aston Martin’s motorsport history. Especially given the breadth of its ambitions for the future.

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With Aston Martin ’s subsequent move into Formula One all DBR 1 cars were sold to privateers with mixed success. With four of the five models still in existence they represent an integral part of Aston Martin 's rich racing history , combining advanced engineering with exceptional design.

Aston Martin DBR 1 : The story of the Goodwood monument star . So it should, too, as it marks 60 years since Aston made its own motorsport history at Goodwood . In 1959, the marque secured the World Sportscar Championship with victory at Goodwood ’s RAC Tourist Trophy (following victory at

Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star© Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Aston Martin Goodwood FOS

Perhaps the most exciting news, however, is that Aston is going to be campaigning Valkyrie V12 hypercars at Le Mans in 2021 under the new rules.

As Aston Martin’s racing history is celebrated this weekend at Goodwood, we all look forward to the marque bringing a V12 – the most traditional and evocative of powerplants – back to Le Mans.

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