Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, was honored with the Vantage Award at the annual Historic Motoring Awards at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel. Although named personally as the winner, Palmer accepted the award on behalf of everyone at Aston Martin.
The Historic Motoring Awards, now in its eighth year, recognises the elite in the international classic automotive world. The winners are selected by the experts at Octane magazine and an international panel of judges from the motoring world. Brand new for 2018, the Vantage Award celebrates “an individual or company who has made an outstanding contribution to the world of Aston Martin”. The judges were looking for someone who not only champions the brand, but lives and breathes it and has made waves in making it what it is today.
After joining Aston Martin in late 2014, Palmer set to work on the ‘Second Century Plan, a transformative plan that would see the company replace its entire sports car range over the course of seven years. Starting with the DB11, followed by the new Vantage and most recently the DBS Superleggera, the plan is already ahead of its targets. Earlier this year it was announced that Aston Martin’s profits grew by a quarter of a billion pounds in 2017, heralding the completion of the financial turnaround of the iconic British luxury carmaker a full year ahead of schedule. With Palmer at the helm, the company made its stock market debut just a few weeks ago.
The highest honours are always those made from within your peer group or own industry. In accepting this award, I do so on behalf of everyone at Aston Martin. I’m proud of everything we have achieved and I am excited by the future that this company has to look forward to.
Note: Press release courtesy of Aston Martin.