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Aston Martin cufflinks– Own a piece of Aston Martin’s greatest ever racer, the Le Mans winning DBR1/2
– TMB Art Metal has immortalised the legendary car in a limited edition of cufflinks
– Each pair of cufflinks is crafted using original metal removed from the 1950’s car
– The iconic racing car is recreated in superb style for the cufflinks, right down to the driver
– As well as the precious provenance metal, the cufflinks incorporate 18ct gold and sterling silver, and are hand crafted in England
– Only 50 pairs of the cufflinks are available, and each comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the victorious Le Mans driver Carroll Shelby

The 1959 Le Mans winning Aston Martin DBR1/2 has been immortalised in miniature in the form of a limited range of cufflinks made using metal from the actual car.

The exclusive range of cufflinks have been made by TMB Art Metal, and are crafted using donor metal from a small section of body panel from the original car, which was driven to victory at the legendary 24 hour endurance race in 1959. The panel was a damaged section removed during restoration work in the early 1990s.

Measuring 25mm, the hand sculpted, hand crafted and rare cufflinks recreate DBR1/2 in superb style, with everything from the driver to the raised tonneau cover and lowered wheel arch covers picked out in precise detail.

TMB Art Metal has made just 50 pairs of the cufflinks to be offered worldwide, and there are no plans, nor indeed provenance materials, to craft any more, thereby guaranteeing their exclusivity. Each comes with a certificate of authentication signed by both TMB Art Metal owner and founder Christopher Bennett and, more importantly, one of the car’s 1959 drivers, American racing legend Carroll Shelby.

Shelby drove DBR1/2 alongside Roy Salvadori at Le Mans, winning the iconic race with élan, the second placed competitor a full 25 laps behind. The car also competed at the Nürburgring 1000km and the Spa Grand Prix in 1957, winning the Goodwood Tourist Trophy in 1958 and 1959 and, more recently, has been seen recreating its glory days at the Goodwood Revival event.

Each pair of cufflinks are engraved with their individual limited edition numbers and finished in sterling silver and 18ct gold, available at £895 a pair.

TMB Art Metal specialises in small provenance sculptures and jewellery, incorporating original material recovered from famous planes, cars, trains and other subjects of historical significance. Aware that their upcycling activities in effect destroys the original donor item, the majority of components TMB Art Metal use is material that would otherwise likely be thrown away and lost forever. So, in effect, these items are preserved in perpetuity in a renewed form for future generations to covet and to enjoy.

Christopher Bennett, the man behind TMB Art Metal, came up with the idea having led a team that located and unearthed a World War Two Hawker Hurricane fighter that was buried beneath the streets near London’s Victoria station, having crashed there in 1940. The research and planning behind the 2004 excavation took 13 years, the actual dig itself, seen live on TV, disrupting London traffic in fine style, just as it had 64 years earlier! As well as smaller parts of the historic aircraft, which crashed after its pilot, Sgt Ray Holmes, rammed a marauding German bomber to prevent it attacking Buckingham Palace, the excavation revealed the Hurricane’s Merlin engine.

As an afterthought Christopher decided to create a limited edition of historically significant sculptures from pieces of otherwise useless corroded aluminium from the crash – Hurricane sculptures made of the Hurricane – and TMB Art Metal was born.

Christopher’s next project was to hunt down original material from the rare and valuable Jaguar D-type. Although incredibly hard to come by, he eventually tracked down a dusty box of long forgotten, discarded original engine pistons, conrods and wheel spinners, and the first set of TMB cufflinks followed, leading to a procession of other unique pieces of art and jewellery from similar notable artefacts.

Before founding TMB Art Metal, Christopher enjoyed a varied career, having worked as a photographer, travelling the world to work with aeroplanes, cars and other fascinating subjects.

He was privileged to capture pictures of one of Concorde’s final flights over London in formation with the Red Arrows, with whom he racked up well over 100 flights over the years. Christopher also worked with Jeremy Clarkson on a Ferrari book in 2000, covered events such as the jungle conquering Camel Trophy, flown with the US Navy’s famous ‘TOPGUN’, and went behind the scenes with the Benetton Formula One racing team.

But now, TMB Art Metal is Christopher’s exclusive focus, the company planning many more uniquely historic projects in the coming months and years, including collaborating with the Royal British Legion on special Somme commemorative pins and cufflinks made of century old metal from the famous battlefield itself.

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