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1935 Aston Martin Ulster review: a living legend from the featured marque at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

Aston Martin Ulster
The Aston Martin Ulster is a capricious beast at the best of times, but in torrential rain it proves even more exhilarating  Credit: Dominic Fraser 

It was the sort of day that Herodotus would have written about in The Histories, possibly in a chapter called The Elephantine Rainspouts of Silverstone. Except this was Monday, June 10, the day the skies opened and stayed open; the day we tested a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster, chassis LM18.

“Works fine in the workshop and on the rolling road, and then this,” grumbles Ben de Chair, amiable motor engineer from Ten Tenths, the historic preparation specialist owned by Nick Mason, Pink Floyd’s head of syncopation.

This old red charger, an ex-works car, veteran of the 1935 Le Mans 24 Hours and the Ulster TT, had spluttered into life in the pits at Silverstone, only to fracture its oil pressure gauge pipe...

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