|The fifth book in the Exceptional Cars Series
CMC 614 is the registration number of an historic Aston Martin Ulster which has, without doubt, competed in more races than any other Aston. Built in 1935 to the same specification as the factory team cars, it took part in the Le Mans 24 Hour race, the Mille Miglia, and the Tourist Trophy in 1935. Eddie Hall and Count Johnny Lurani were among the celebrated drivers who raced it in its first season. The 1.5 litre Ulster model marked the peak of Aston’s pre-war achievements and marque enthusiasts recognize CMC 614 as one of the finest examples of the 28 made – as well as the most raced Aston of all time.
CMC 614 was built for ER Hall – the man who would later become famous for driving a Bentley single-handed to eighth place at Le Mans – and its first race was the 1935 Mille Miglia, from which it was forced to retire with an oil leak.
For the rest of the 1935 season, it was supported by the Aston Martin works, and run alongside the team cars, finishing eighth overall in the Le Mans 24 Hour race and taking a class win in the 24-hour Targa Abruzzo.
The car was sold to H. Porter Hargreaves in 1936; then, post-war, to R F McNab Meredith who achieved several good results over a 10-year period. But its greatest success came from 1962 with Aston specialist Derrick Edwards, who won more 600 awards in his 30 years of ownership. It continues to be raced in the 21st.
Today, CMC 614 is presented as equipped for Le Mans in 1935 and is original in virtually all respects, having been maintained by Ecurie Bertelli, the business which Edwards co-founded with fellow Ulster owner Nick Mason.
The book is lavishly illustrated with a mix of period and contemporary images including a gallery of colour photographs showing the car and all its fascinating details.
|Subtitle||The remarkable history of CMC 614|
|About the author(s)||Stephen Archer was almost literally born into the world of Aston Martins, as a 1933 Aston Martin was his transport to and from hospital for his birth!|
Since the earliest age possible, he worked on the family Aston Martins and helped to restore Alan Archer’s DB6 Mk2 Volante in 1975. In 1976, with Alan and brother Jeff, he restored a DB5 to concours winning standard and, between 1988 and 1993, he rebuilt the ex-Lord Brabazon DB2. In 2010–14, he helped build a DP214 replica. Stephen has also owned a MK3; a DB4 series one and two, a 1971 DBSV8, an AM V8 and a 2010 GT4. He won the St John Horsfall Trophy in 2014 in the Ulster LM15 and will race his 2010 GT4 in 2017.
Stephen has written extensively about the marque, with his books including Aston Martin Zagato in 1998, Aston Martin Ulster and All the Ulsters in 2011 and, in 2016, the large tome The Aston Martin DB4GT (all Palawan). He is a regular contributor to Vantage magazine.
Stephen grew up in Essex and graduated in Business from Coventry University. He lives with his wife Ruth in Buckinghamshire and has three grown-up sons. All appreciate and enjoy the charm of Aston Martins.
|Series||Exceptional Cars series|
|Remarks||Exceptional Cars series 5|
|Language||Engels l English|
|Binding||Gebonden met stofomslag l Hardbound with dustjacket|
|Size||285 245 x 17 mm|