Desmond J. Smail
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Upcoming Events

Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale- Newport Pagnell
Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale- Newport Pagnell - Saturday 17th May 2014 Desmond Smail will be ensuring this event is in the calendar and as usual expect some very exciting entry’s in to the Auction!


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. Not only did the 35-year-old car stand up to the test, 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.


April 2014 - London is on the move

Due to business expansion Aston Service London and Aston Sales Kensington will shortly be moving to new, larger premises. At their new, improved facility you can be assured of even better service at the quality you expect, with the same on-site expertise for all Aston Martin servicing and sales needs. We will keep you updated with our move!
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March 2014 - 72nd Goodwood GRRC members meet

Desmond gave his popular 1963 Morris Mini Cooper mark 1 a turn out at the 72nd GRRC meet weekend entering in the Sears trophy. With an impressive and competitive line up Desmond managed a respectful 15th final positioning. Richard Meins teamed up with Ludovic Lindsay to compete in the two driver Moss Trophy race with the 1961 DB4 GT Zagato. The opening section of the race was a hard-fought affair but it was the Aston Martin DB4GT of Wolfgang Friedrichs and Simon Hadfield who eventually emerged triumphant.
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February 2014 - Keeping the Legend Alive

At Desmond J. Smail restoration projects are our passion. Recently we were proud to handover a fully restored DB5 Saloon to new owner Christian Hore. The vehicle underwent specialist restoration and rebuild at our workshops, including a number of enhancements to ensure it not only retains the classic elegance of Aston Martin, but also performs like a modern motor car.
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January 2014 - Desmond J Smail Customer on The Road to Mandalay

Desmond Smail customers, Cayman Islands-based Julian Reddyhough and Gus Pope recently completed the three week rally, The Road to Mandalay, organized by H&H in Myanmar (Burma). The pair competed in their Aston Martin DB6, prepared by Desmond Smail and brought their car home second in class and fourth overall. “This was a fascinating experience,” said Reddyhough. “Myanmar has only recently opened its doors to visitors and this was a unique opportunity to see the country before it is changed for ever by foreign investment. The Burmese are a warm and friendly people. This was the first competitive rally within Burma and our rally cars certainly generated a lot of local interest. ‘Our only problem was with the rear suspension. The set up will need looking at when the car arrives back in Olney. It is a bit of a mystery as we have been rallying the car since 1999 without any suspension issue. “ “Some local driving customs took a little getting used to”, added Reddyhough. “In Myanmar you drive on the right. When the vehicle in front puts on its left indicator it means ‘lots of room, safe to pass’. Alternatively, it can mean ‘Look at me! I am turning left’. “
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