Aston Martin Red Arrows

Our Story So Far...


Project Inspiration

Aston Martin Cambridge has donated one of the ten limited edition cars, Red 10, to the RAF Benevolent Fund who will raffle it off with all funds going directly to the charity supporting RAF personnel past and present and their families. To honour the commitment of RAF personnel past and present, Aston Martin Cambridge has created a spectacular series of special Vanquish S project cars based on the Red Arrows Hawk jets.

The project was inspired by a number of stories including that of former SAC Luke Wigman who was seriously injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2011 and after six years of service he was medically discharged from the RAF in 2013, facing the daunting prospect of finding a new career. Luke wanted to improve his driving skills and turned to the RAF Benevolent Fund to help him pay for an advanced driving qualification course. The qualification also helped Luke when he later went on to train as an Emergency Care Assistant for East Midlands Ambulance Service. Find out how the RAF Benevolent Fund helped Luke Wigman by following the l

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The Keynote Speakers

Officially launched at St Athan, the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows is the third car in Aston Martin Cambridge’s aviation series. RAF Red Arrows pilot, Mike Bowden, provides an insight into what makes the Red Arrows so special while introducing the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows car. Hear the story from the perspective of a Red Arrows pilot. Group Captain, Mike Neville, introduces #AstonRed10 and tells the story of the RAF Benevolent Fund encapsulating the scope of support provided to serving and former RAF personnel. Simon Lane, General Manager of Aston Martin Cambridge, uncovers the journey behind the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows project and the donation of #AstonRed10.


Discovering the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows at Aston Martin Gaydon

Each owner and a chosen guest were invited to Aston Martin Gaydon on the 12th July to see their car on the production line and a guided tour of the factory. Owners also met the Aston Martin design team who were briefed on the Vanquish S Red Arrows project as well as meeting the other owners prior to the handover event. The day was finished with a Q&A session with a Red Arrows pilot.


Summer Shows

The Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows raffle car - Red10 - has got a busy summer ahead of it. The car will be at a number of high profile venues throughout the summer including Torbay air show, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Sunderland air show, Eastbourne air show, Bournemouth air show, Southampton boat show - please see the full list of venues below.

JUNE

  • RAF Leeming
  • Torbay Air Show
  • RAF Cosford
  • RAF: Conningsby; Waddington; Linton; Digby
  • Castle Coombe
  • The Blades Summer Ball
  • RAFBF Millbrook Driving Day
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed

JULY

  • ​Wittering; High Wycombe; Northolt; Benson; Odiham
  • Heveningham Hall
  • County polo event
  • Aston Martin Gaydon
  • RIAT
  • RAF Honington
  • Sunderland Air Show
  • CarFest North
  • RAF Valley; Cosford; Shawbury

AUGUST

  • ​RAF Benson
  • Blackpool Airshow
  • RAF Brize Norton
  • Eastbourne Air Show
  • Biggin Hill Festival of Flight
  • RAF Odiham
  • CarFest South
  • Bournemouth Air Show

SEPTEMBER

  • Scampton Air Show
  • Southampton Boat Show
  • Southport
  • April Fools Club Dinner

#ASTONRED10 ENDORSEMENTS

"I’m a huge fan of what the RAF Benevolent Fund does to provide vital help to past and present members of the RAF and their families," said Dame Judi. "When they asked me to support this raffle, I just couldn’t say no. The lucky winner of this Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows prize will certainly have a licence to thrill. I’ll definitely be buying a raffle ticket or two..."

Jodie Kidd has teamed up with the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity, to support its exciting raffle where one lucky winner will drive away with a rare Aston Martin Cambridge Vanquish S Red Arrows Limited Edition car.


Handover Event

Owners and three lucky guests will be invited to a special handover event at RAF Scampton. The special day will start with welcoming speeches from senior leaders of the RAF, Aston Martin Lagonda and the RAF Benevolent Fund before the unveiling of the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows car 1-10. This will be shortly followed by a display from the Blades Aerobatics team. Owners plus one guest will attend a briefing for flying with the Blades, flight in a Tiger Moth, tour of the Red Arrows facilities and finally the Vanquish S handover.

All 10 cars to be handed over at RAF Scampton, home of the Red Arrows

  • Owners + 3 guests invited to handover
  • Day to commence with welcome speeches from senior leadership in the RAF, Aston Martin Lagonda and the RAF Benevolent Fund Official unveiling of Reds 1 - 10
  • Display performance by the Blades Aerobatics Team (piloted by former Red Arrows team pilots)
  • Vanquish S Red Arrows positioned in formation on runway
  • Red Arrows to conduct flypasts over the cars in formation and ‘smoke on’
  • Lunch
  • Owners + 1 guest to attend briefing for flying with The Blades
  • Owners & guests cycled through activities – flying with The Blades, flight in Tiger Moth, Tour of Red Arrows facilities and Vanquish S handover
  • Photo opportunity for each Vanquish S owner with their matching Red Arrows Hawk and pilot
  • Camera crew following action through the day – including helicopter camera ship to capture aerial footage
  • Professional photographers to capture action from both ground and air

All activities subject to operational restrictions.