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Published on Tue, Jun 19, 2007
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
By JOHN GRAFMAN
O'Gara Coach in Beverly Hills is no newcomer to being the first to offer the very latest in the automotive upper strata. This Los Angeles landmark dealership was the number one Aston Martin dealer in the U.S. for 2005 and 2006, with sales of 135 new cars this past year alone.
John Walton - VP Aston Martin
So it seems fitting to have John Walton, Vice President & General Manager of Aston Martin North America, take the time out of his busy schedule to peel the wraps off of the newest car in the luxury sports car line-up, the V8 Vantage Roadster at O'Gara. Of course, he's in good company with hundreds of enthusiastic invitees joining him in a celebration.
"O'Gara Coach has been one of Aston Martin's top business partners in the USA for many years, and the relationship with the dealership and its customers has always been a close one" states Mr. Walton.
Tim O'Hara - GM of O'Gara Coach (L), John Walton (R)
Bai Ling behind the wheel
At the unveiling gala the hundreds in attendance are bathed in the good life provided by the event sponsors. Both high-rolling prospective buyers and celebrities share the evening in the dealers' courtyard. The Roadster catches the attention of both Maria Conchita-Alonso and Bai Ling, and their approving smiles tell all. A few of the other guests in attendance are record producer and world famous Trance DJ extraordinaire Paul Oakenfold, "Downtown" Julie Brown of MTV fame, Slade Smiley, Brad Kronen, Ashley Van Dyke, Melissa Jo Hunter, and Patrick Kilpatrick.
Maria Conchita-Alonso having fun
"As the number one dealer for most of the brands we sell, we get a larger allocation of vehicles to fulfill the customer requests for them" asserts Tim O'Hara, General Manager of O'Gara Coach.
Gloria Kisel (L) and Melissa Jo Hunter (R)
The debut of the V8 Vantage Roadster provides a good reason to celebrate, offering buyers a new entry-level drop-top. The smaller two-seater is every inch an Aston Martin, offering design that is characteristic of the brand, and an interior appointed stylishly.
The guests are not alone on this night as the O'Gara cobblestone grounds are strewn with numerous Aston products ranging from the Vantage Coupe, to the DB9, and even a few Vanquishes. Taking a back seat to the evening's festivities are Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, and Spyker. However, these significant brands provide a decorative if not a physical perimeter for attendees.
Shawn Costa and Michelle Maringola - SeaNet/Sunseeker Yachts
Punctuating the glamorous affair are vendors that offer equally outstanding products and services. Surrounding the courtyard and interior facilities are displays and representatives from SeaNet Company, Marquis Jet, Residential Cruise Line, Mont Blanc, CEC Wheels, Brioni, Teatro Home Theaters, Quintessentially - Concierge, Zero Halliburton, The Shave of Beverly Hills, and Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia.
Discerning clients are treated to beverages compliments of Taittinger Champagne, Patron Platinum, The Glenrothes Fine Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, TRUMP Vodka, Menuet Cognac, Carnivo XO, and wine from Hunt Cellars Winery. Along side the drinks are abundant boxes of Rocky Patel Fine Cigars.
Ashley Van Dyke - Show Host, Model (L), Bradford Rand - President of RAND Luxury (R)
Alex Davis - Residential Cruise Line
"The people who can afford our products and demand the best selection and service buy their cars from us" affirms Tim O'Hara. Given the overwhelming reception this evening I get the feeling Tim is right on the money.
Michael Reslan, Executive VP of Brioni (L), Brinoni Models (C), Bradford Rand (R)
Find more information at www.ogaracoach.com