Aston Martins and Private Jets at 4th Annual Eagles & Astons


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It was one of the largest gatherings of Aston Martins in Canada at the 4th annual Eagles & Aston event held in a private jet hangar at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. On hand were between 30 and 40 new and old Aston Martins, including a very rare pre-war Lagonda Rapier. Also on display was Aston’s newest offering, the DB11.

Aston Martin DB11

The Aston Martin DB11 is powered by a 5.2 litre bi-turbo V12 that produces 608 hp. That will propel the car from 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed to 200 mph, or 322 km/h. The starting price for the V12 DB11 is $254,185, and the average selling price of a DB11 including options is around $300,000 plus freight, PDI and taxes.

Coming this fall is the new bi-turbo 4.0 litre V8 DB11, which will produce 510 hp and will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 300 km/h or 187 mph. Pricing for the new 2018 V8 DB11 has not been announced yet but should be released in the next few months and in dealer showrooms before the end of the year.

One of the unique features of the DB11 is its Aeroblade design which generates downforce without the use of a rear spoiler, a first for Aston Martin.

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A Super-fast, Super-expensive Honda
Also on hand was a very expensive and very fast Honda. Yes the new beautiful Acura (Honda) NSX is fast and expensive, with a starting price of $189,900, but the Honda HA-420 has a starting price of $4.9 million US. It is HondaJet’s current private jet offering. It seats more people than the NSX with a typical configuration of 1 crew member and 5 passengers or 2 crew members and 4 passengers. It also goes faster than the NSX with a cruising speed or more than 780 km/h! The HondaJet is the fastest jet in its class, it soars highest in its class with a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet, and it is the most fuel-efficient light jet in its class.
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More on Eagles and Astons
Eagles and Astons was hosted by Marshall Myles, Chairman and CEO of Skyservice Business Aviation. Skyservice was founded in 1986 and is Canada’s leader in business aviation providing Fixed Base Operations facilities, aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and HondaJet aircraft sales.

We spoke to Paul Del Grande, Aston Martin Owners Club Canada East representative. “It’s not only the cars, but it’s the people that make the event,” said Paul. This is the fourth consecutive year of the event, and it continues to grow in size each year. This year there were more than 160 guests on hand. The event is not exclusively for Aston Martins–there was also a selection of Ferraris, Porsches, Alfa Romeos and Jaguars in attendance.

Some Aston Martin History
Aston Martin has entered a second century of operation. The company started January 15, 1913 by founders Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin, who created Bamford and Martin Ltd. Their vision for cars with impeccable design and performance captivated the public’s imagination. In 1914 the name Aston Martin was adopted because of their success at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire.

Sean Connery first appeared at the wheel of a Silver Birch Aston Martin DB5 in the 1964 James Bond movie, Goldfinger. The successful pairing of Aston Martin and the Bond films continued with the DBS, V8 Vantage Volante and Vanquish all making appearances between 1964 and 2008.

Racing has always formed part of Aston Martin’s DNA. Aston Martin made its racing debut at the French Grand Prix in 1923, and an Aston Martin DBR1 won the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans 1959.

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