The Sea, The Sky, The Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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I fell in love with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage the minute I saw it. Every single little bit about it was perfection to me. It's sexiness on wheels. And it looks ever better here.

Seagram Pearce snapped this shot, which is just one piece of his superb work. Check out more from him on Twitter and Facebook.


And here's a big pic of it for your swooning.

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Funny story - My former boss has on 07 Vantage and he let me take it for a spin one day, BY MYSELF. He knew I admired the car after we talked about it one day, and the next day he called me into his office and tossed me the keys.

"You're not coming along?"

"Nah, have fun." No warnings, just enjoy. Guuuuuhhhhhh.

So I open the door of his gunmetal beauty with baseball glove interior, admiring how the door swings up at a slight angle as it opens, and slide into the supple interior. It is sublime. It took me a minute to figure out how to start it, but what he didn't know is that I knew how to turn off the traction control (I read this website daily). So I held down the traction control button for about 10 seconds until it switched off and proceeded out of the parking lot, laying about a 40' trail with the enormous growl of that V8, and an inevitable shit eating grin. I found out later that I awoke his 80 yr old father who was taking an afternoon nap in his office. Priceless.

Sadly the office is located in a congested suburb overrun with senior citizens, so it was impossible to truly enjoy the car. After I got it up to 80 in 2nd gear on some industrial side streets (I know - I couldn't help myself), I decided to head to the freeway to open her up a bit more. As I'm sitting at a traffic light, I didn't realize I had it in 3rd instead of 1st (the Vantage has a pretty narrow lateral throw, so I wasn't used to it) and I stalled it. Same thing happened at the next light.

After the second time, the gentleman behind me leaned out of his window and yelled,


Yep, I totally deserved that.

Unbelievable Car, Unforgettable Experience.