Desmond J. Smail
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Upcoming Events

A Festival of Aston Martin
Ed Cunningham, in association with the AMOC, will again host 'A Festival of Aston Martins' in the beautiful surroundings of Burghley House at Stamford Lincolnshire The event takes place on Sunday 3rd July and we will be bringing along a few of our favourite cars. Many Aston Martin related companies will be exhibiting and a raffle and auction during the day will help to raise funds for four well deserving charities, Cancer Research UK, Royal Air Forces Association, Home Start and Chicks. We hope to see you there and will post more details closer to the date.
June 2015 - Silverstone Classic – Rocking and Racing
It is the 25th anniversary 1990-2015. Desmond and Henry Mann the son of the legendary Alan Mann - are racing the Ford Lotus Cortina in the Warwick Banks Trophy for Under 2 Litre Touring Cars (U2TC). Most of the Desmond Smail team will be there for the Rocking and Racing and will especially enjoy the Saturday evening entertainment from rock band Status Quo.


Desmond's motorsport involvement traces all the way back to the formative days of his professional life, working on Aston Martin racing legends like Project 215, and he’s remained involved ever since.

Behind the wheel, Desmond's early racing saw him contest the Slick 50 Road Saloon Championship and Tomcat Challenge. In 2011, Desmond relaunched his race team, Border Reivers, in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge.

The team has also prepared a host of one-off Aston Martins for competition, including, uniquely, rallying. In 1997, we readied a DB5 for the legendary, 47-day Peking to Paris Challenge. It was the first Aston Martin home.

Other campaigns have included the Monte Carlo Challenge, the North Cape Rally and the Round The World in 80 Days Challenge.

If you have an interest in taking an Aston Martin into competition, whatever the adventure, we’d love to hear from you.



Restoration and Service Mechanic We now have a vacancy for a Restoration and Service Mechanic based at Olney, Buckinghamshire. The candidate will be working to a high standard and must have an all-round knowledge in modern and specifically classic cars preferably Aston Martin, however experience in other fine marques will be considered such as Ferrari, Jaguar etc. Skills required NVQ level 4 or City & Guilds in motor vehicle repair and minimum 5 years' experience essential. EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO WORK UNAIDED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: - Restoration build of classic cars from a painted chassis to a completed car - Fabrication - welding, and body dry build skills - Mechanical car build experience in all areas - Interior sub assembly build, final assembly and commissioning - Electrical knowledge to install and modify wiring harnesses - Road test diagnostic ability to understand faults and make recommendations for improvements SKILLS THAT ARE PREFERABLE BUT NOT ESSENTIAL: -Servicing and fault diagnosis on current model cars - Basic ability in excel and word - Machining - manual turning - Fundamental engine diagnostic and tuning skills with carburetors or early fuel injection If you would like to apply for the position please email with a copy of your CV, stating your expected salary and quote reference HR-DJS-WEB-MECH
March 2016 - Save the Date!

Next week sees the start of Techno-Classica Essen where the world's leading automobile manufacturers and classic vehicle dealers will come together. After the success of 2015 which saw 190,000 visitors from all over the world attend the show, this year promises to be a repeat of the global fair for automobile passion and promises over 2,500 classic and prestige vehicles on sale. The event runs from 6-10th April at MESSE, Essen, Germany. Although we are not exhibiting at this event our sales team will be present to see what the show has to offer. For more information visit The Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale takes place at Newport Pagnell on Saturday 21st May and Desmond will be attending with customers from around the globe. More information can be found at Keeping with tradition the Aston Martin Owners Club Spring Concours will take place the day after the auction at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Britain's largest aviation museum. Concours entrants and members will display their cars amongst the static aircraft display on the apron and visitors will have access to the museum. Desmond will be getting his race overalls out again this year and participating in selected Aston Martin Racing events of which dates will be announced shortly.
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July 2015 - Desmond Smail Silverstone Track Day

Desmond Smail and Rob Huff (2012 World Touring Car Champion driving for Lada Sport Lukoil) had a full day entertaining guests in the Honda Integra and Aston Martin GT4. Among the guests experiencing a ride around Silverstone was the HALOW raffle prize winner from Good Festival of Speed and members of the 1st battalion the royal welsh
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June 2015 - Goodwood Festival Of Speed - HALOW

Desmond J Smail displayed the Aston Martin GT race car to offer a ride around Silverstone this was a real draw for the crowds and everyone enjoyed getting in the car and hearing about the car’s history. There was a small army of volunteers helping sell raffle tickets over £4,000 of raffle tickets were sold. Damon’s OPUS in the auction sold for £20,125 (inc. commission) for the HALOW charity.
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April 2015 - Make the most of your retirement with an Aston Martin

On 6 April 2015 changes to the pension policy came in to force, enabling anyone over the age of 55 to choose to do what they liked with their savings, regardless of their total pension wealth. Labelled the ‘retirement revolution’, Desmond tells us why there’s never been a better time to invest in the classic car market. Over 55s now have three options for the future of their savings, either they take all of their money in a lump sum, take it bit by bit or put it into an annuity, which acts like a regular income. The value of classic cars has rocketed over the past decade. This, combined with no capital gains tax, which is charged at 28 per cent for higher-rate taxpayers and 18 per cent otherwise, could make classic cars a sound investment. Over the last 40 years on business I have seen the huge value that these cars hold both in terms of personal and financial, and therefore have a deep and historic understanding of what makes the Aston Martin brand so significant. We get a variety of customers who come through our doors; some who are looking for a piece of history to love and cherish, and others who are simply interested in the value of a vehicle and its likely return on investment. However, something that all of our customers have in common is that they have done their research, with meticulous attention paid to the rarity, value, condition and history of every Aston Martin that passes through our showroom. As well as being a great anecdote for dinner parties, a car with an interesting story to tell can fetch a very healthy sum. With this said, not every purchase of a classic car ends this successfully and it is important that anyone considering investing in a classic Aston Martin weighs up the entire cost, not just of buying, but also insuring, storing and restoring the car. The obvious advantage of buying a restored car is that you can enjoy your investment straight-away, or on the flip side it is ready to resell. For anyone looking to spread their investment, restoration is a great way to achieve this and the return can inevitably be all the more rewarding.
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March 2015 - Desmond J Smail feature in the Spring Vantage Magazine

Look out for the 7 day feature on Desmond Smail in the Spring issue of Vantage Magazine! and find out why 'he can be a bit gruff!'
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