Rare Astons celebrate St George in Royal parade - Andrew Noakes - Motoring Writer

Nearly 300 Aston Martins and Lagondas together worth more than £30 million took part in a St George’s Day parade at Windsor Castle, where they were met by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The cars, led by Sgt Paul Allison of the Light Cavalry as ‘St George’ on a white charger, motored around Windsor’s Royal Quadrangle past the Queen and Prince Philip, who were joined by Ian MacGregor of the Aston Martin Owners Club.

Highlights of the rain-lashed line-up included Stirling Moss driving the 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1, Hans Peter Weidman’s unique DB4GT Bertone Jet which was driven from Switzerland for the event, a Lagonda owned by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1954 and a selection of ‘James Bond’ film cars. The oldest car present was former Aston Martin Owners Club chairman Keith Piper’s 1930 International fixed-head.

Aston Martin boss Dr Ulrich Bez drove the final car in the parade, the new V8 Vantage, which was making its first public appearance in the UK.

All profits from the event are to be donated to The Prince Philip Trust Fund for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

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