By David Airey
Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd.’
1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’ following one of Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire, England.
Financial problems plagued the company over the next decade with the business forced to close in 1925 only to be rescued by a group of investors in 1926, forming ‘Aston Martin Motors Ltd.’
One year later, the AM monogram was replaced with the iconic Aston Martin wings.