Fil’s “Vantage addiction”

I am a keen petrol-head and a Kart racer, at heart. My friends call me Fil (Filippo, according to my driving license). I am a “Vantage addict” and this is my story:

I have always loved Aston Martin, to start with. Growing up as a child in Italy, seeing an Aston being driven on the road was a rare thing…a thing of beauty!

In 2005 the newly launched V8 Vantage instantly became my dream car. Within minutes, the image of a ‘Titanium Silver’ Vantage become proudly featured on my desktop’s background.

Few years later, in 2012, my Vantage addiction evolved badly! It was when Aston Martin Racing entered the WEC (World Endurance Championship) with the Vantage GTE. I just loved the proper N/A V8 sounding engine and the jaw-dropping wide-bodied shape of that “race-spec” Vantage.

Watching for years the Vantage GTE successfully battling against Ferrari V8 Berlinettas, Porsche RSRs and the ‘Vettes’ at Le Mans reinforced my desire for owning that dream car. So, in 2015 I took the plunge on a gorgeous 4.7 Vantage Manual ‘Sport-pack’ (obviously in Titanium Silver!).

My ‘Vantage addiction’ was finally tested when, in Feb 2016, I heard rumors about an hardcore, lightweight, V8 Vantage being developed in secret by Aston Martin Special Operations. My ‘Man Maths’ justified the deposit (on the basis of that rumors alone) and my GT8 journey started!

Whilst a cure to my Vantage addiction has yet to be found, I have encountered and connected with so many more ‘addicts’ throughout this wonderful journey….and the GT8 Club has became our playground.

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GT8 Club Drive: GT8 vs. 911 GT3 RS on Nordschleife

In an era of Turbos, electric engines and particulate filters, old-school Naturally Aspirated noise becomes increasingly sought after. More so if these N/A engines got racing pedigree, are V-shaped, got 8 cylinders and come with a full-on Titanium exhaust.

So, it’s time to remind ourselves how these engines sound about a GT8 chasing a 911 GT3 RS around Nurburgring’s Nordschleife ?

Video courtesy to Vincent Kolb

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Tim’s “Road to GT8”

Tim, better known as Shmee 150, is a star ‘YouTouber’, if you didn’t know that already. What you are less likely to be aware of, is that he has been part of the GT8 Club since day-1.

The first time I met Tim was at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the Supercar Paddock. More precisely, right next to the ‘Diavolo Red’ GT8, the only press-car built in right-hand-drive.

Tim and I ‘talking GT8’ at Goodwood FoS 2016

It was also the first time for the GT8’s 150 perspective owners and other petrol-heads, to witness a GT8 ‘in-motion’, and to listen at its epic V8 soundtrack.

Tim’s ‘Road to GT8’, a record of 14 ‘vlogs’ on his GT8 journey, started on that day.

Throughout these episodes, Tim goes through the reasons he added the GT8 to his collection, his first GT8 drive, the specification’s choice and so much more!

More so, what comes across from watching these videos is the passion, the engagement and the emotional connection Tim built with the GT8. And that is very much the same feeling shared by fellow owners in the GT8 Club family.

So why the GT8 does that? Maybe because of its perfectly balanced and full-of-feel drive, its intoxicating V8 melody, and its jaw-dropping, carbon-fibre sculpted, shapes? Or maybe because the GT8 isn’t just a car, it is a special driving device that goes under your skin in its own, unique, way and make you smile like no others’ along the way.

Over to Tim now, enjoy!

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GT8 Club ‘Stable-mates’: GT8 and GT12

When the GT8 launched in 2016, one would have thought it was a GT12 with a V8 engine and a manual gearbox.

Even weeks after the GT8’s official unveiling, when automotive journos got their hands on the Manual GT8 ‘Press-Car’, no reviews highlighted how the GT8 compared against the GT12 (a summary of the reviews is available here).

So, unless you owned both cars yourself, you wouldn’t know how much the GT8 felt compared to the GT12.

However, in February 2019 things were about to change. In fact, when planning the GT8 YouTube review with Mark (read our previous Story: “GT8: A Future Classic?!“), the idea of bringing a GT12 alongside came out. So, I helped sourcing the GT12 from Andrew, a friend of the GT8 Club, whilst Mark organized the rest.

So, here you have it! The first “GT8 vs. GT12” review available on the net, by 888MF:

Courtesy of @888mf

Happy New Year from the GT8 Club!

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GT8: A Future Classic?!

I first met Mark (aka @888MF) one year ago at a car meet organized by a common friend. He is the type of petrol-head who enjoys 3-pedal’s naturally aspirated metal, so needless to say, I thought he’d enjoy very much testing the GT8.

We stayed in touch. Up until the day Mark and I finally swapped car keys. He got to experience the GT8 for the first time (I, on the other hand, jumped in his Lamborghini Performante). The idea of featuring the GT8 on his YouTube channel came shortly after, once arrived at our lunch destination.

In just few weeks the GT8 test video took place. It was in Hanningfield Reservoir, an ideal location for this sort of things, quiet and, more importantly, very sunny!

It was a memorable experience, one that, beside other things, made me truly understand the time, the effort and the passion that goes into the production of a professional YouTube video. So thank you Mark for producing this!

If you haven’t already, watch the video below to see some epic footage, to listen at a proper race V8 soundtrack and to hear what Mark thinks of the GT8:

Courtesy @888MF

The GT8 Club wishes a joyful, happy and great Christmas holiday to you and your families!

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GT8 Club Meet “End of Season” 2019

2019 was a great one for the GT8 Club: new passionate members joined the family, (a record-high) 23 GT8s participated to the Annual Owners Meeting, new Meets were added to the calendar and so much more.

An “open-to-all” meet was the perfect occasion to celebrate this, full-of-action, year together, and we made it happen in London’s Regents Park.

A nice mix of exotica was driven to this Meet by 12 GT8 Club members: 8 GT8(s) alongside a V600, a Mclaren 675LT, an AMG GTR PRO and a DBS Superleggera!

…find out what happened on that day in Tim’s video!

Courtesy of Shmee150

A special thanks to Tim, Steve, Rob, Alex, Micky, Graham, Subhanu, Toby, Neel, David, Bailey, Philip, and all the GT8 Club’s friends who joined the End of Season 2019 Meet, to the other GT8 Club Members for making this Club great and to GT8 Club partners, photographers and followers for supporting our wonderful journey in 2019!

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