The iconic grill of a DB9 is one of distinctive and signature looks of any Aston Martin. The shape is immediately recognizable to any car enthusiast. The early DB9’s were fitted with the distinctive 7-bar grill that has 7 horizontal bars. Later models received an updated 5-bar grill. Same grill shape, just fewer bars. The 5-bar grill can even be retrofit to the earlier models. The grill in the Vantage is similar, but absolutely not the same (8-bars and a different construction).
What the heck is a ‘Slam Panel’? When you have the engine compartment open in your DB9 and you gaze with amazement at the V12 engine, the slam panel is the large panel right in front of you that covers the area between the front bumper and the front of the engine itself. It has the cool little plaque listing the name of the final inspector at the factory that signed off on your car (thanks Paul!). Continue reading “How to Remove the Engine Slam Panel from an Aston Martin DB9”→
The paint on my 14 year old Aston Martin DB9 is brittle and fragile. If you look closely at the gorgeous Merlot Red color on the most of the front of the car, you’ll see it marred with a field of tiny chips. I’ve had my share of cars over the years, and NEVER have I seen such a field of chips. You’d think I drove all 42 thousand miles on gravel roads behind a truck with no mud flaps. Continue reading “Where to Apply Clear Bra Paint Protection Film on an Aston Martin DB9”→
I have to admit that I am guilty. I spent my summer playing with my Aston Martin rather than working on it. I have neglected this blog and the YouTube channel. My apologies.
Earlier in the year my Sweetie suggested that we do a getaway drive for fun (did I mention I love my wife). Coincidentally – two of the regional clubs reached out to me to join their gatherings, and just like that we had the makings of two road trips. Continue reading “Where ‘ya been Steve?”→
It might not seem like an issue to those living in the UK, but here in the USA Aston Martin dealerships are few and far between. If you live in a Major metropolitan area you usually have an option, but in smaller cities they just can’t manage to survive. I live in Sacramento, California with a population north of one million, but no luck. My nearest dealership (up to now) was 130 miles and at least 3 hours away in Silicon Valley. If you are an avid reader of this blog you know occasionally I sneak my car over to the Maserati dealership in town, I just just heard that they’ve given up and are closing in September.
I was pleased to have just received a form letter from Aston Martin The Americas President Laura Schwab (read the entire letter here). It’s not like Laura knows me from a hole in the ground (I would like to meet her though if someone out there can arrange it). Aston Martin has just opened a dealership in Walnut Creek, California. For those of us in Northern California this is considerably more accessible than the Silicon Valley dealership in Los Gatos, CA. For me its now ‘just’ 75 miles and about a 90 minute drive [half a day minimum out and back for an oil change still]. Continue reading “Aston Martin Dealer Opens in Walnut Creek, California”→
My Aston Martin DB9 wasn’t my first love. It was 43 years ago when I met her back in Canada. She’s been with me through high school, watched my career develop, carried my kids around, and always been a constant in my life. But the fact is I just don’t play with her much anymore now that the Aston has caught my eye.
I’m talking about my 1961 MG Midget Mk I of course (not my Sweetie).
I’ve decided to sell her. Hopefully to a good home. I won’t go into all the details here, but if you are at all interested, or know someone else that might be interested please pass this information along.
Please come join me in attending the AMOC Western Canada meeting coming up July 27th and 28th in beautiful Victoria, BC.
My Sweetie and I are going to drive up from California in our DB9 to attend this event and make a long weekend getaway of it with meeting some other Aston enthusiasts along the way. If you are heading up from south of the border, please leave a comment on this blog if you’d like to meet up along the way and make the journey as a group. Anyone in NorCal interested in going (and take advantage of the incredible exchange rate right now where $1 USD will get you about $1.33 CDN) ?
If you are located in Western Canada or the Pacific Northwest, please consider attending this well organized event. They are hoping to get 30+ Aston’s of all vintages to attend.
They have two great days of events planned for the Saturday and Sunday. Day one is for AMOC members and their guests, and will include some interesting speakers like Stuart from Velocity AP and Richard from Redpants.lol, The event will be held in a beautiful setting. All the details about the event are listed down below (thanks to Wyman Lee for sending along the details).
The Headlight assemblies in an Aston Martin DB9 are a major part of the it’s great looking front end. We spend all sorts of time polishing and protecting the paint, but we usually ignore the headlights. They are under constant attack from the Sun’s harmful UV rays that are trying to discolor them, and from road debris popping up to try and scratch and chip them. My DB9 is my daily driver here in California and I am out in the sunshine and on the roads every day. I wanted to protect them now before the damage occurs.
I’ve been trying to track down the cost if it was fitted by your local dealer. It was sold as the DB9 Sport-Pack Kit that included all the goodies. You can still order it apparently. The kit varies based on model year and LHD vs. RHD. For example, my 2005 LHD Automatic Coupe would be kit Aston Martin part number 4G43-24-10811 available online today for about $8,446 USD. This kit even includes a new steering rack. Later model kits (MY07-09) do not need a steering rack and can be had for a few thousand dollars less. I presume the steering racks unadvertised inclusion on the early models addresses some ‘feel’ issues. These prices don’t include dealer install costs, so I expect a retrofit on an early model to touch $15,000 USD all in. Ouch.
I was intrigued by the idea of tracking down some of the bits for my DB9, and recently I had an opportunity to purchase a like new set of the Sport Pack rims and Titanium lug nuts from one of the readers of this blog (thanks Austin Fritts!).
I’ve been pondering on ways to improve the performance of my DB9. Is it better to make changes that add horsepower or to loose weight? The answer is to do both of course, but which will provide more seat of the pants perceptible performance for the least amount of dollars? Which will be easier to accomplish? I set about figuring it out below. Continue reading “The Power to Weight Ratio of an Aston Martin DB9”→