Like all the best-laid plans, our attendance of the Festival of Aston Martin at Burghley House came about after a few beers. A V8 Vantage owning friend mentioned the event was coming up on the 3 July and, after showing me the list of cars attending, I quickly cleared my schedule for that weekend.

Virtually every model would have some sort of representation, from Virage to Vulcan, DBR1 to DB11. Of course, it would have been rude to turn up in anything other than an Aston, so a quick call led to us borrowing a Vanquish for the event. 

After a few hundred miles of being serenaded by the glorious V12, it became clear why the British brand is so popular. The car's ride may by firm, but it's still comfortable enough to cross continents with ease. Get to a corner, and the steering streams back all the feedback you could possibly need, allowing you to enjoyably cover ground at a rapid pace.