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DANVILLE, California. (June 10, 2013) - One of the most respected brand names in the world of luxury high performance sports cars, Aston Martin, celebrates its first 100 years this year. The Blackhawk Automotive Museum, which is celebrating its 25thanniversary this year, is the perfect place for automotive enthusiasts to see exactly why Aston Martin, a niche British company, has become such a renowned global brand. Tim McGrane, Executive Director of the Blackhawk Museum, believes that providing the public with the ability to see and understand just what makes an automotive brand so iconic is part of the Blackhawk's mission.

'The Aston Martin brand has a truly global reputation, yet its production numbers are exclusive. Its highly respected name has been built around the qualities and accomplishments of its products. Like other luxury products, Aston Martins are beautifully designed and combine cutting-edge technology and performance with the finest genuine materials and traditional craftsmanship' McGrane pointed out. 'While many may recognize the name, relatively few may have ever had the opportunity to see one of these sports cars in person. We are truly pleased to offer an outstanding display of Aston Martins at The Blackhawk this summer'.

The company that became Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford who founded a new automotive venture. They called their company Bamford & Martin which later became Aston Martin, acknowledging Lionel Martin's success at the Aston Clinton Hillclimb in Buckinghamshire, where he had successfully raced their very first cars.

Bamford and Martin began their business in in London, becoming well known as providers of sporting machines to enthusiastic racers and discerning enthusiasts. In the century that followed Aston Martin has come to represent many things, from sporting prowess through to technical innovation, beautiful design, fine craftsmanship and superior performance.

To honor the 100thanniversary of Aston Martin, The Blackhawk Automotive Museum will be displaying five outstanding examples of this famous marque. Several of the cars are from the Museum's collection, some on loan from private collections. Vehicles in the Aston Martin display will include:

◾ 1953 Aston Martin DB 2/4 ALLEMANO COUPE- one off

◾ 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 BERTONE COUPE- 1954 Turin Show Car

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    ◾ 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 BERTONE SPIDER-1954 New York Auto Show Car

    ◾ 1961 Aston Martin DB 4 GT ZAGATO COUPE

    ◾ 1961 Aston Martin DB 4 GT Coupe- Lightweight Prototype

    The Blackhawk Automotive Museum is open every week Wednesday through Sunday. In addition to the stunning Aston Martin tribute, the Museum features a rotating collection 90 of the world's most significant automobiles on display in an award winning 100,000 square foot facility architectural masterpiece designed specifically to showcase these stunning automobiles. If you are an automotive enthusiast and you've not been to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, you owe it to yourself to pay them a visit.

    'This is our twenty-fifth year of operation and it is shaping up to be our best yet', McGrane stated with obvious pride. 'During the course of this year we have already had some wonderful special displays and events, the Aston Martin display is a perfect example of our activities. The biggest for us will be our 25thAnniversary Gala on Saturday, August 10th. The most important names and significant people in the collector car world will be here to join in our celebration. Tickets for the Gala event are selling out fast, so if you're interesting in joining us, you better act quickly'.


    The Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, California, opened in August 1988 to fulfill its mission of ensuring that significant automotive treasures blending art, technology, culture and history would be exhibited for public enjoyment and educational enrichment. The privately funded 501c3 museum carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum with changing exhibitions, educational lectures and family programs. The Blackhawk Automotive Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and hosts a gallery showcasing the Wheelchair Foundation founded by Ken Behring in 2000. Open year round on Wednesday through Sunday, the Museum is located 30 miles east of San Francisco in Blackhawk Plaza at 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA 94506.

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