Aston Martin World - Introduction from Sir Stirling Moss - Driving Ambition by Barry Weir

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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CHAPTER ONE

Aston Martin World – Chapter 1 – An Innocent Gift – Driving Ambition by Barry Weir My passion for classic motor cars was a late

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CHAPTER TWO

Aston Martin World – Chapter 2 – Preparations Under Way – Driving Ambition by Barry Weir Once I’d made my decision and paid the deposit,

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CHAPTER THREE

Aston Martin World – Chapter 3 – Back to School – Driving Ambition by Barry Weir During August and September I spent weeks in Penrith

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CHAPTER FOUR

Aston Martin World – Chapter 4 – The Flying Dutchman – Driving Ambition by Barry Weir The engine As the car had recorded 402,000 miles

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CHAPTER FIVE

Aston Martin World – Chapter 5 – Problems, Problems and More Problems – Driving Ambition by Barry Weir On Saturday morning of the 8th of

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CHAPTER SIX

Aston Martin World – Chapter 6 – Almost Ready – Driving Ambition by Barry Weir I met George and Rita Richcreek, AMOC members from Minnesota,

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