Slot Classic CJ-11

When Aston Martin released the DB4 in Agust of 1958 it made a great impact over the world of the automobile, but it wasn’t a serious competitor for the GT races. Knowing that, and just a year later appeared a new battle COUPE, shorter and with a sharp front: the DB4 GT with a lower weight of more than 220lb, mainly in the coachwork, it was a serious but still heavy contender for the GT races.

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The last word took place in 1960. Zagato made a special coachwork for 19 units of the DB4 GT, appearing in race in 1961. Of these 19 units, two were official from factory -concretely the registrated as 1 VEV and the 2 VEV- being the rest sold to teams or private pilots. Despite the efforts of the english brand, there were again victim of the opposition. The new, light and brilliant Zagato wasn’t as fast as its competitors, getting only ocasional victories. But they were impressive machines, and probably, the brawniest and prettiest coachwork. The 2 VEV touched the asphalt on the 19th of May of 1961. It was inscribed by the Essex Racing team of John Ogier in Le Mans on June together with the 1 VEV. The pilots were the australian Lex Davison and Bib Stilwell for the 2 VEV, while the english Jack Fairmain and the french Bernard Consten would pilot the 1 VEV. It was aported a lot of support from the factory, but the race was a disaster: the light green cars were razed after three hours from the start of the race due to a problem of fatigue of the nuts in the motor. They were running in the 15th and 17th positions, behind the light DBR1s. Another Zagato -piloted by the french Jean Kerguen- was in the last hour of race in teh 9th position, having to abandon due to electric problems.

August saw another participation of the Aston Martin Zagato in Goodwood. Jim Clark with the 2 VEV -again in strong opossition with Stirling Moss and Parkes with their Ferrari 250 GT- and Roy Salvadori with the 1 VEV. The boxes stops were made in the third hour of road when Clark was first, making a change of the four tyres and gasoline refuel in 65.4 seconds (a interesting difference with the 10 seconds of nowadays). Finally Salvadori and Clark were third and fourth respectively, being impossible to stop the speed of the Ferrari.

Subsequently other pilots took part in other races with these Zagatos: Ireland in Sneterton, Maggs and Whitmore in the 1000 Km of Paris… Recently, in May of 1990, the 2 VEV was put in hands of a restorer in Monaco. After its new preparation it came back to the activity in hands of Nick Cussons, winning the European FIA Classic Car Championship in 1992. It’s a shame that it had a strong accident in the Island of Man the next year… needing a total restoration following the specifications of origin; showing nowadays that bright that fascinated the world of the automobile in 1961.

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