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The Notorious 2017 Aston Martin DB11

Posted in Aston Martin, Editorials, Exotic & FAST, Exotic Sports Cars with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

The new kid on the block…

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Aston Martin has set forth benchmarks of what a car in its class should be. It has never deviated from this premise. Aston Martin adheres to strict personal conviction and has achieved a high standard of individualism and a persona that in itself has become a standard for other motorcars. It has successfully combined and synthesized luxury with magnificent performance. The formidable DB series established the high performance racing image for the brand. One of the most famous models is the Aston Martin DB5 driven by the fictional sleuth James Bond.

The Aston Martin DB legacy continues with the 2017 DB11 clothed in sleek, athletic, aerodynamic architecture. The spirited new design follows Aston Martin styling continuity. It has already earned obsequious flattery world-wide. The Aston Martin team of dedicated enthusiasts collaborated once again to bring forth one of the most ambitious projects ever in automotive design. Aston Martin is a posh supercar for those who demand fervent individuality. Welcome to the power, beauty, and soul of the latest edition in the continuing saga of the elite DB marque of excellence.

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A bit of history…

The fast and ferociously powerful Aston Martin DB Series began its iconic existence as a prolific ingénue under the tutelage of the managing director Sir David Brown. He saved the company from financial ruin right after WWII.

From extremely humble beginnings to world-wide respected esteem, the NOTORIOUS Aston Martin DB Series has maintained a highly prestigious heritage earning its place in automotive history. Aston Martin is Great Britain’s only independent automaker –

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Sir David purchased the company in 1947 sharing knowledge and resources with his esteemed colleague W.O. Bentley.  An impressive 2.6 litre Lagonda engine designed by W.O. Bentley was chosen to power the DB2. Three short years later…the DB legend was born. It quickly became an automobile series bristling with bravado.

The Aston Martin DB series established the brand’s racing pedigree. The DB4 and DB5 introduced Aston Martin’s grand touring eloquence, thus…its formidable identity developed and became etched into the minds of connoisseurs. It continually emerged as a world-class thoroughbred through evolution. Each subsequent DB is a masterpiece built upon the previous model’s finesse which raises the bar of success in the automotive industry to an even higher degree –

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Beauty is more than skin deep…

Aston Martin has acquired the status of building the world’s most beautiful automobiles…repeatedly. If seduction could manifest itself as an automobile…the Aston Martin DB11 is it. If you look deeply into its styling, the design features hint at the epochal Aston Martin One-77 which is the epitome of automotive design and was built at a highly restricted pace of only 77 vehicles.

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The most significant aspects of the DB11’s design maximizes its aerodynamic efficiency. The bonded aluminium structure has a weight reduction to offset the new V12 engine’s heavier mass. Its dramatic new design is augmented by Aston Martin’s “Curlicue” and “Aeroblade” systems.

Familiarize yourself with these two words because you will be hearing a lot more about them in the near future. These principles are so innovative that Aston Martin has patents for them. These features made the rest of the automotive industry “nervous” leaving them scrambling back to the drawing board just to catch up.

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Every beautiful square inch of the architecture has purpose. The DB11 is designed to cleave the air efficiently. An automobile must manage the air flow from nose to tail to effectively maintain stability while maximizing downforce. The DB11 uses its architecture to master its dynamics to “ride like the wind.” Instead of fighting the turbulence and wind resistance around the vehicle…the Curlicue and Aeroblade systems ingeniously works with these elements.

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From the dramatic new roof strakes to its concealed aerodynamic defense system, the Aston Martin DB11 is a grand tourer for today’s world. Fancy grille-like vents are incorporated into each front fender’s wheel arch lining. These apertures are known as “Curlicue” and are integrated into the car’s aerodynamic network to reduce front-end lift.

High pressure air from the top of the front wheel arches are vented through recessed apertures behind the iconic Aston Martin styling side strakes. More high pressure air is extracted from the rear of each wheel arch through stirrup vents positioned aft of the front wheels. This intricate airflow system was developed for Aston Martin’s racing division.

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DB11’s aerodynamic form follows function. Low, sleek, chiseled flowing lines from the aggressive front end ensemble sweep back to be intercepted by the familiar wide muscular haunches at the rear. The “Aeroblade” system harnesses airflow along the vehicle’s flanks enhancing stability at the rear.

Air intake duct-work located in the base of the “C-pillars” draw airflow within the architecture before extracting it from slots in the rear bootlid. This system works like a conventional spoiler directing the jet of disrupted air reducing lift and maximizing downforce. This eliminates the need for a rear wing. When extra stability is required a small active spoiler automatically deploys from the bootlid. When it is no longer needed, it retracts back into the bootlid.

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The legacy endures…

The DB11 exemplifies the Aston Martin tradition of aesthetic design. Its striking new beauty is refined and elegant. The front end design is highlighted by the signature grille which has been moderately refreshed. All-new LED headlamps adds a distinctive contemporary flair.

The clamshell bonnet is designed with an exclusive wrap-around form to minimize unsightly shut lines. It’s hinged forward to showcase the formidable V12 engine.The DB11’s styling is ‘pedestrian friendly’ as with all Aston Martin motorcars. DB11’s specs are 1.2” longer, 0.3” higher, with a 2.5” longer wheelbase than the DB9. The silhouette may be new, but it’s unmistakably Aston Martin.

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The rear end design is as dramatic as the front end ensemble. Newly designed LED taillamps are the focal point. Flowing sculpted lines end perfectly with an impressive diffuser assembly. Prominently displayed matte finish stainless-steel exhaust ports echo the famous tuned baritone symphony from its mighty V12 engine. The car is drop-dead gorgeous which is the major reason why Aston Martin’s involvement in the automotive industry remains central…never peripheral. There’s no soft-pedaling an Aston Martin.  The DB11 is a peerless collage of aluminium, glass, and British technology.

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A preeminent performer…

As if the bold new exterior design isn’t enough to convince you…the magnificent all-new aluminium V12 engine should sign, seal, and deliver the deal. The 5.2 litre 48-valve twin-turbocharged V12 cranks an audacious 600 bhp @ 6,500 rpm packing a prolific punch with 700 Nm of peak torque @ 1,500 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed in the 200 mph range. The DB11 is the most powerful and efficient production model in Aston Martin history.

It’s equipped with Dual Variable Camshaft Timing, fully CNC machined combustion chambers, and a fully catalyzed stainless-steel electronically controlled exhaust system. Charge air temperature for the twin turbos is maintained by twin water to air charge air coolers mounted on either side of the engine. This type of configuration uses the shortest charge air path minimizing charge inertia to optimize throttle response.

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The alloy quad overhead cam bi-turbo V12 boasts a start/stop cylinder de-activation system. This ingenious design will switch to an in-line 6-cylinder configuration under normal driving situations to increase fuel economy.  It also means that the twin-turbocharged V12 shuts down one bank of 6-cylinders AND one of the turbochargers. This measure reduces engine wear by switching between banks keeping the catalyst hot.

The front mid-mount engine is set up for rear wheel drive. The rear mid-mounted 8-speed automatic gearbox has an electronic shift by wire control system for those who prefer to do the shifting themselves. The DB11 is fitted with an alloy torque tube with a carbon fibre prop shaft to save weight, and a limited slip torque vectoring differential to maintain traction under all driving situations. Extraordinary sports car performance is just a tap of the accelerator pedal away.

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A masterful grand tourer in every aspect

The DB11 is more than just a fancy sporting machine…it’s an Aston Martin. An impressive array of logistics accompany this iconic road-going masterpiece. Ingenious Launch Control – the same technology developed for the brand’s class-leading motorsport division – balances throttle, transmission, traction, and damping controls to optimize take-offs from a standing start catapulting the DB11 as quick as a cat.

Its driver-selectable dynamics tailor the experience to suit the driving situation. GT mode captures the essence of Aston Martin luxury for exemplary ride quality in the grand touring tradition. Sport mode stiffens the suspension while providing agility. Sport-Plus fine tunes and synchronizes steering, suspension, 8-speed transmission, and torque vectoring for the ultimate high performance adventure in automotive paradise. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control (TC), Positive Torque Control (PTC), and Dynamic Torque Vectoring (DTV), all network to make this happen…

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Such a powerful grand tourer requires an equally qualified braking system. The DB11 benefits from Aston Martin revolutionary braking technology. Front ventilated 2-piece steel brake discs are fitted with 6-piston calipers. Rear ventilated co-cast piece steel discs are fitted with 4-piston calipers. These motorsport-inspired assemblies shorten stopping distance as they provide safe, fade-free operation with rapid heat dissipation.

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution intuitively varies the force applied to each wheel contingent upon speed, road conditions, load, etc. to maintain optimum vehicular control under all driving situations. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution combined with ABS maximizes stopping power to avoid skids for accident avoidance. Hydraulic Brake Assist increases braking pressure in panic braking automatically within milliseconds reducing stopping distances even further.

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Beneath the sumptuous design of the DB11 is a sophisticated network of Aston Martin technology. It will feature Aston Martin’s newly engineered architecture. The previous VH (Vertical Horizontal) design platform has been used since 2001 on all models except the One-77. The all-new bonded aluminium platform is lightweight and rigid to aid the vehicle’s wind-cheating abilities. It includes components from AMG, Mercedes-Benz high performance division.

The front suspension uses double wishbones and coil springs. The rear has a multi-link set-up and also uses coil springs. Front and rear anti-roll bars and an intuitive Adaptive Damping System (ADS) maintains stability enhancing overall driving dynamics. Speed contingent rack and pinion electric power steering has power column tilt and reach adjustment for the steering wheel. The DB11 rides upon staggered Bridgestone tires with size 9J X 20” S007 255/40 ZR20 fitted to the front axle and size 11.0J X 20” S007 295/35 ZR20 fitted to the rear axle. Dashing 20” 10-spoke Diamond Turned wheels adds the finishing touch.

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…Aston Martin – Style

Cabin Amenities remain tastefully appointed in the tradition of the brand. Wide individual lounge seats are highlighted with Aston Martin’s brogue detailing. The interior is enhanced with hand-tailored leather with soft Alcantara accents. Nexus quilting and Celestial perforation adds a dashing flair. Myriad color combinations are available from conservative to exotic.

Its ergonomically designed comfort includes head restraints embellished with the familiar Aston Martin logo. The cabin benefits from the 2.5” longer wheelbase with increased head and legroom in the rear passenger compartment. There is also more room in the boot. Wider door apertures offer easier entrance and exits. This is a highly bespoke motorcar offering an inspiring array of detailing and options to satisfy the most discerning clientele.

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The all-new instrument panel has a full color 12” TFT LCD display that contains all of the DB11’s primary information. Another 8” TFT screen is centrally located for infotainment including Satellite Navigation and is controlled by a rotary controller. An optional touchpad offers character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support. Aston Martin Premium Audio or an available Bang & Olufsen sound system upgrade brings concert hall quality along for the drive. A convenient Parking Assist feature is equipped with a 360 degree camera. The DB11 is a luxury sport car complete. Everything is pleasing to the eye and convenient to the touch…

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An Aston Martin is one of the world’s most eloquent possessions. It is designed for men and women of taste who have worked hard to get where they are in life. Its poised beauty is the envy of the auto industry. Through evolution, the Aston Martin becomes even lovelier. The latest offering in this exclusive continuing saga is the DB11. As the world bids farewell to the iconic DB9 series – the formidable presence of the DB11 takes center stage.

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This sophisticated new expression of Aston Martin is the most powerful and efficient road-going model in the history of the brand. The ferocious new 48-valve, 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine delivers 600 horses with a swift top speed in the 200 mph range. The DB11 is the epitome of handcrafted grand tourers with every luxury and convenience presented as standard equipment to make each drive enjoyable and considerably effortless. Aston Martin has once again exceeded superlative with the introduction of the 2017 DB11…a proud successor in the illustrious DB series of high performance motorcars. Welcome to the power…beauty…and soul of the Aston Martin DB11. It’s NotoriousLuxury in every respect.

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Photos courtesy of the Aston Martin Media Club  

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A Contemporary Flashback: The Speedback GT

Posted in Editorials, Exotic Exotics, Exotic Sports Cars, Luxury Sport Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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It is as contemporary as it is classic…

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There’s a high-tech renaissance cruising the horizon. The corporate mission statement is: “To achieve classic status, one must draw from the past and then embrace the future.” It’s a return to exemplary quality, fit and finish from the 1960s…transforming them into 21st century principles, adding the coachbuilder’s venues.

The man is David Brown. The impressive motorcar is the elusive Speedback GT. The company is David Brown Automotive. David Brown is not associated with Sir David Brown and Aston Martin to dispel ambiguity. David Brown Automotive is a refreshing new approach to a time-honored tradition adding their own interpretation of excellence. The British Speedback GT is the “dernier cri” in sporting grand touring automobiles –

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It takes courage and conviction to transform a dream into reality. That one singular idea leads to a vision…then, that vision becomes a driving force as fierce and unrelenting as a hurricane. David Brown’s indomitable vision and his zealous pursuit for perfection resulted with the introduction of the all-new Speedback GT.

It’s a contemporary rendition of a classic grand tourer designed for the enthusiast with a thirst for adventure…one who doesn’t follow status quo. The timeless elegance of Speedback GT will challenge the years gracefully leaving its indelible impression in automotive history. For a mere £495,000 or $795,000 you can park one of these in your garage…

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The Speedback GT made its enigmatic entrance at The Top Marques Show on April 17, 2014. This show of supercars is an annual event where the outrageous meets reality. This is THE most exclusive auto show in the world. It takes place in the Grimaldi Forum, an exclusive seafront conference center in Monaco. The sleek handcrafted Speedback GT is a contemporary supercar reminiscent of classic sports cars from the Sensational-Sixties.

It reintroduced the age-old art of coachbuilding…which is the summit of the automaker’s craft. This elite example of automotive art will be built at a highly restricted pace not to exceed 100 vehicles which will make them instantly collectible. David Brown Automotive is a spanking new entry in the automotive industry. The ultimate embellishment of British craftsmanship adds to the Speedback GT’s charismatic appeal. Just look at it…it begs to be driven!

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In any field of endeavor, progress can be defined by the introduction of a product which establishes a new benchmark. The Speedback GT will set new standards within the automotive industry. It is built with accumulated knowledge and 21st century technology resulting in a motorcar of extraordinary quality. Now…add to this, the mastery of custom crafted bodywork – the result is superlative, rarely achieved in today’s mass-produced…I want it yesterday world.

David Brown Automotive is redefining the ultra-luxury supercar. There is nothing more distinctive than a coachbuilt motorcar. Being highly bespoke transforms an automobile into the ultimate in exclusivity and supremacy…”your” car can be as unique as your own fingerprints. Speedback GT is the pinnacle of individuality; no two automobiles will ever be alike. Each creation will reflect the requisites of its owner – 

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Once upon a time, clients desired something more than an “out of the box” automobile. It was the job of the coachbuilder to produce a completely unique motorcar of distinction with character. These creations are some of the most unique and beautiful automobiles in the world.

The client would purchase a rolling chassis for the car of their choice and have it delivered to the coachbuilder for custom bodywork. HJ Mulliner, Park Ward, Pininfarina, and Bertone are just a few of the world’s most eminent artisans who created automotive masterpieces. David Brown Automotive is reviving the art, thus escaping mass-production mediocrity, carving its own niche in the world of limited edition motorcars.

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In today’s market, most automobile manufacturers focus on production numbers…and how to maximize profit with the intent of making more yet offering much less. David has the right idea. Speedback GT has a certain “je ne sais quoi” which captivates the astute automobile connoisseur.

Since every Speedback GT is custom crafted and built to order, clients may track the progress of their car via their own dedicated personal ‘eportal’. It’s updated with not only the progress of the build but also includes images of the work in process. Handcrafted automobiles are completely individualized with a more personal touch…

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The Speedback GT exudes timeless elegance. Its sensual curves and sultry good looks is not the result from a blinding flash of inspiration. Alan Mobberley, former chief designer for Jaguar/Land Rover has designed a sophisticated thoroughbred of exceptional beauty and grace, capturing the essence of the 1960s.

In fact, it’s the retrospective appeal which augments the contemporary design that makes the Speedback GT the grand tourer par excellence. Per Alan: “Our challenge was to create a contemporary GT with the heart and soul of a classic…” I say: mission accomplished…his interpretation of a retro supercar is notorious! One could say…the neoclassic Speedback GT is a culmination of Aston Martin glamour, Ferrari mystique, and Maserati allure, with its own avant-garde élan –

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Speedback GT’s beauty is based upon a rigid, structurally advanced pillarless monocoque. This type of one-piece construction is not only strong but is also lightweight. Its handcrafted bodyshell is brought to life from a clay mock-up. The models are scanned generating accurate renditions.

The computer fine tunes the aerodynamics and engineers the structure. The body panels are designed from photo etched patterns for perfection. Every component of the Speedback GT has been fully engineered, machined, and tested to exacting standards.

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The outer surfaces of the bodyshell are shaped completely by hand. Computer-controlled milling machines form “bucks” which enable the craftsmen to build the bodywork. More than 2,500 hours alone are clocked per vehicle just for crafting the bodyshell.

These talented artisans using traditional hand-beating and hand-rolling techniques on an English wheel gives the body panels their shape. The body panels are made from aluminium sheets blended seamlessly together before being attached to the car’s aluminium inner substructure.

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Over 120 hours are clocked on each car’s paintwork. The flawless finish requires prep work smoothing the bodyshell before the primer coats are applied. Each layer of hand-applied primer, paint, and lacquer is continually measured for depth ensuring the application is even and consistent.

The finish is polished until a mirror-like reflection appears. The entire process is meticulously scrutinized by accomplished body & paint technicians for the Speedback GT’s perfection – The chrome “dazzles” with depth not as a mere superficial shine because a thin layer of copper is applied before the chrome plating.

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Speedback GT boasts a highly bespoke cabin offering the epitome of British handcrafting. Its opulent woodwork is patiently expedited by Nantwich Veneers Ltd. of South Cheshire in the UK. An impressive array of the finest veneers will make each vehicle uniquely one of a kind.

The client may choose from a number of exquisite veneer patterns including exotic Walnut Crotch, the elegance of Angel-Step American Walnut Burl, jazzy Tamo Ash, and a stunning Dyed Figured Sycamore. The warmth of handcrafted veneers adds character and prestige. It’s artfully integrated into the contours of the dash flowing gracefully around into the door panels. The steering wheel is crafted with the same wood pattern with metallic accents for an additional touch of class to this elegant grand tourer.

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Speedback GT’s exclusivity is further enhanced. Semi-aniline hides augments the opulence of the cabin. Naturally tanned drum dyed leather creates an aromatic ambiance. It’s hand-cut, hand-sewn, and hand-fitted by talented British leather crafters which will make it extra appealing…to age like your favorite leather jacket. Each Speedback GT is a masterpiece of contemporary automotive art.

David Brown automotive uses a process called direct metal laser sintering to fabricate the cabin brightwork trim. This is achieved by melting and layering nickel with an industrial laser. The Speedback GT has a classic simplicity making it an extremely tasteful grand tourer for the 21st century.

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A truly unique feature is the tailgate which opens out as a picnic seat. The lift back hinges upward and a valence drops down into a horizontal position as that of the Range Rover. This type of embellishment is reminiscent of the Harold Radford Countryman crafted to suit the rural lifestyles of the landed gentry. 

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Underneath the resplendent retro styling is a sophisticated network of technology. It’s the perfect combination of brains and brawn. The dynamics of the Speedback GT are based upon the alloy platform of the Jaguar XKR. Its prodigious power is derived from the Jaguar 5.0 litre 32-valve supercharged DOHC AJ-V8 engine which cranks 503 hp (ECE) @ 6,000 rpm with 625 Nm of peak torque @ 2,500 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds with a top speed in the 155 mph range.

The engine is mated to a 6-speed ZF sequential shift automatic transmission. Speedback GT is not the biggest nor the fastest grand tourer and is not designed as such. It will focus on high quality and exquisite hand finishing. Speedback GT is an elegant grand tourer…understated and fundamentally conservative. David Brown believes in quality as it once was. It’s a genuine and enduring satisfaction, valuable…beautiful now and for years to come. Speedback GT is the birth of a legend…and a benchmark of excellence.

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Every now and again a car comes along that not only tickles your fancy but also excites your soul. Speedback GT is that car. It looks as though it drove right off the set of a James Bond flick. It is the brainchild of David Brown. He knows exactly what the true connoisseur wants: a classic handcrafted sporting grand tourer designed for today’s world.

While other automobile manufacturers are building clones with shoe-boxy wedge look designs…David Brown Automotive has restored esoteric automobile style and grace, with the emphasis on bespoke precision build quality. The all-new Speedback GT is a renaissance where technology reunites tradition for the 21st century. It is not only the quintessential supercar…it is one class act –

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For more information on the Speedback GT go to: http://www.davidbrownautomotive.com

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Special thanks to Hannah Burgess at Torque Agency Group LTD.

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…welcome to Greg’s World

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…”Sweet dreams ’til sunbeams find you, sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you – but in your dreams whatever they be – dream a little dream of me…”