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Barry's Aston Martin on Tower Bridge Barry Weir - Around the world in 80 days
Welcome to Aston Martin World. Barry Weir (50) spent the first seven years of his life in Accra, Ghana, where his father was Chief Superintendent in the Colonial Police Force, before moving to England in 1957 to start his education.

He left school at 16 without any qualifications and took up an apprenticeship with the Gas Board, before starting a small hotel, which he sold in 1979. Subsequently, he restored a Grade I castle in Scotland and now runs a successful property business in the South of England.

Barry and Roma married in 1971 and have three daughters Donna, Charlotte and Helena.

Barry's passion for sports cars began when his family gave him a Mercedes SL for his 40th birthday, and really took hold with his 45th birthday present, an Aston Martin DB7.

He has since become the first person to race a DB7 in a track event anywhere in the world.

Barry Weir

Aston Martin road side maintenanceAston MartinDon't drink and drive! Introduction from Sir Stirling Moss
Keeping a fast car on the racetrack for three hours plus in a Grand Prix is no mean feat. It requires skill, concentration and a car that's up to the job. Change the scenario slightly and put an historic sports car on an 80-day timed rally around the world, and you have another great motoring challenge.

Competing in such a rally is not only a test of driving skills, but also one of stamina, organisation and total commitment. And those readers who already know Barry Weir will recognise that when he takes on a challenge of any kind he gives it 110 per cent.

Driving Ambition is both informative and entertaining. As well as being a detailed record for the motoring enthusiast, it is a personal diary, which takes the reader behind the scenes of what it is really like to participate in such a competition.

I was privileged to be on the start line in London, and to be part of this historic motoring rally. What a colourful occasion it was as the entrants lined up on Tower Bridge to be cheered off on a journey that would take them through hugely contrasting countries and landscapes.

As we head into the twenty-first century, the world is indeed a smaller place. But there will always be a place in my heart for those who are up for this kind of adventure.

The Around the World in 80 Days Motor Challenge was a truly 'great race', and I hope you enjoy reading about how one man set out, in an Aston Martin, to become the first to drive an historic sports car around the globe in exactly 80 days.

Sir Stirling Moss


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