Back in Carbon Black

Words by Tim Wong


Last time, I shot Jon’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage back in April. He contacted me about shooting his car which had a uncommon shade of red, Magma Red Centari, so we set up a shoot. Back then his car was sitting on 20″ HRE P40SC wheels.

During our shoot, we had a great time talking about cars in depth and one topic in particular was the Aston Martin V12 Vantage which had one of the most amazing exhaust notes coming from one of the most beautiful cars in the world. Most petrol heads should be familiar with the vehicle after Top Gear did that amazing feature on it with the inspiring Brian Eno track.


Well Jon got back to me several month later to announce his surprise. He was back in a the bigger Aston Martin V12 Vantage in Carbon Black. When I finally saw it in person, the car was still sitting on the HRE P40SC wheels from his old V8 Vantage at the time.


Not too long after, he ordered a new set of wheels from HRE.


The 20″ HRE P101 wheels are the new set for the new car. Even though the wheel diameter is the same, I found the new wheels to appear much larger than the old set.


The offset and design make them look more aggressive in comparison to the previous wheels.


Aston Martin vehicles do not sit this low from the factory, but this one is lowered on H&R springs with some custom aluminum spring spaces to balance out the car height. The car also has a custom aluminum skid plate installed.


Over the course of our shoot, we had a good time talking about cars, the car community, and trends while cruising around San Diego while breaking necks in a V12 Aston Martin.


We have been planning to have another shoot and may include some video.


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