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2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Story by Jason Husman
Original owner, free & clear title, excellent condition, only 16,464 miles, tungsten silver, obsidian black full leather interior, black stitching, 6-speed manual transmission, navigation system, 380hp, 4.3 liter, 8 cylinders, red brake calipers, battery conditioner, HID headlamps with wash and leveling, heated front seats, cruise control, powerfold mirrors, 19-inch 7-spoke wheels, anti-lock braking system, dynamic stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution, a/c, remote keyless entry, power windows, power exterior mirror control, power seats, driver/passenger/side airbags, premium AM/FM stereo with multiple disc CD changer.

Estimated mpg is 13 city and 19 highway. The 2007 MSRP was $123,140 including the gas guzzler tax. This is a smoke-free car. All serious offers will be considered. View the original Aston Martin V8 Vantage window sticker to verify all information. Full maintenance records. All required services and recalls performed by Beverly Hills Aston Martin. (vin# SCFBB03B97GC03782)

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2007 Los Angeles Auto Show
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Story by Jason Husman
The Los Angeles Auto Show was November 16th through the 25th this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The show used to be in the middle of January which conflicted with the Detroit Auto Show. The LA Auto Show is pretty much the same format year after year. There are basically four massive halls including the South Hall, West Hall, Kentia Hall and Concourse Hall.

The Concourse Hall is where you will find Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Morgan, Mosler, Rolls-Royce, Spkyer and Vector. This is definitely the most interesting hall to visit. Porsche has it's own massive, designated area in the Petree Hall. Maserati and Maybach are mixed in with the other major manufacturers.

Some of the more interesting cars at the show include the Aston Martin DBS, Lotus Elise California, BMW M3 Sedan, Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Nissan GT-R, Lamborghini Reventon, Porsche 911 GT2, Subaru WRX STi and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. There are also plenty of concepts and hybrids by many manufacturers. Other interesting cars included the Honda S2000 CR, Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Mini Cooper Clubman and Spyker C8 Laviolette LWB.

As an Aston Martin owner, I was invited into the Aston Martin area to enjoy the new DBS and the V-8 Vantage N400. The DBS is well known from the last James Bond movie Casino Royale. The Vantage N400 is the special edition Vantage inspired from the company's recent achievements at Le Mans and the Nurburgring 24-hour races. The N400 is also named after the 400 horsepower output, which is up 20 horsepower over the standard V-8 Vantage. The price for the new DBS is around $265,000 and there is a two year waiting list.

In the aftermarket area, Kentia hall, you will find everything from 30" wheels to insurance companies and local law enforcement. This is where I also found Noble, T-Rex, DUB, old Porsche and movie cars.
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2007 Richard Petty Driving Experience
Friday, September 21, 2007
Story by Jason Husman
For my 35th birthday, JoAnn bought me the King's Experience with the Richard Petty driving experience. This basically consists of 18 laps around California Speedway in a stock car. The entire time is spent following closely behind an instructor who sets the pace and the driving line.

Thursday night we packed up and headed out towards California Speedway in Fontana, California to spend the night closer the to racetrack. That way we wouldn't have to brave the Los Angeles rush hour traffic early Friday morning. We got to the inside track around 7:30 am. I immediately signed all necessary forms, changed into my suit and prepared for a short introduction speech by the instructors.

Once the class instruction was over, we headed out in large passenger vans around the track. The instructors showed us the lines, the brake zones, cones, flag stand and exit & entry points on the track. After taking photos with a car, we then had some quick instruction standing next to the car. Following that, we had another drivers meeting!
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After all of the instruction, I finally drove eight laps following roughly 3-5 car lengths behind my instructor. The car was extremely loud, always wanted to turn left and vibrated like nothing else. The windshield had a nasty glare, the restraints and the Hans device didn't allow me to move in my seat or look around much at all.

After everyone took their first eight laps, we had another drivers meeting and got to take our final ten laps. During the last ten laps, I turned a 50 second lap hitting an average speed of about 146 MPH. Keep in mind that the instructor dictates the speed and NASCAR doesn't allow them to go more than a certain speed. Once everyone finished those laps, we had a quick ceremony and was able to purchase photos.

The whole experience was really quite fun! I look forward to trying the Mario Andretti Racing School at the California Speedway. They also offer Drivetech Racing School, Fastrack Riders, Skip Barber Racing School, CalSpeed Karting and The Racing Experience at this track.

Videos below include the first drive away, a lap section, one lap and driving up.
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2007 Palos Verdes International Concours
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Story by Jason Husman
On the day before my birthday, we got up early and drove over to the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles to check out the 15th annual Palos Verdes International Concours d'Elegance. We had purchased our tickets early at the pre-sale cost of $25 per person. The preferred parking was an additional $20 at the event.

Besides the cars that were showing and competing for awards, there was a Shelby corral, a few new cars, wine tasting, a few vendors, a liquor stand and a food stand barbequing hamburgers and hot dogs. Because JoAnn wasn't all that interested in the cars, we headed for the liquor stand first! A beer and a bloody Mary was a great substitute for breakfast in the morning. For lunch we ended up eating a cheeseburger and a chicken sandwich with another pair of drinks.

Most of the show cars were built before we were born and most of them were exceptionally boring to look at. I guess I'm just a modern car lover so it's hard to appreciate the vintage cars. Although, in front of the clubhouse there was an Audi R8 and a Porsche Turbo cabriolet. On the main grounds there was plenty to see from Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Corvette, Cobra and various other hot rods. In limited numbers was Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls Royce and a few extremely rare cars.

The show highlights would include an original Ford GT40, a rare Bugatti and a rare Aston Martin. One of the Aston Martin club members tried to recruit me saying that they needed some young blood in the group.

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2007 Long Beach Grand Prix
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Story by Jason Husman
The 33rd annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was April 13th, 14th and 15th this year. Everything from champ cars to celebrity racing and drifting to American Le Mans was present at the street course in Long Beach.

Our seats were on a corner that also looked directly at one of the many big screens. To get the best experience, we walked around to nearly every spot and viewing point on the course. Walking around the track was quite a challenge with limited crossovers and lots of people! Once we ate outside in front of Bubba Gump and the noise was absolutely ridiculous!

There were many other attractions to see including the Sony robot, indoor pits, go karts, modified cars and bikini contests. Hugh Hefner presided as Grand Marshall of the celebrity race along with girlfriends Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt. Girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson was already in her race car along with other celebrities including George Lucas, Dave Mirra, Martina Navratilova and Robin Quivers. Dave Mirra won the celebrity race.
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Here are some of the videos we took over the weekend. Coming Soon!

2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Story by Jason Husman
The Aston Martin has arrived!

After 10 months of waiting, I finally picked up the new car the day before Thanksgiving break. Total price with car, options, taxes and registration came to just under $135K. I just love the way the car looks, sounds and drives. I'm glad I didn't buy anything else including a Porsche!

While we were waiting to finalize some paperwork, we looked around at some of the other amazing cars at the dealership. Also pictured below is the Bugatti Veyron (sticker at ~1.7M) and the new convertible Bently Continental GTC (sticker at ~300K). Both of these cars had a significant dealer markup!
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