Aston Martin World - Driving Ambition by Barry Weir Chapters

A unique insight of how businessman and motoring novice Barry Weir drove into the world record books at the wheel of his wife’s 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4. He became the first person to drive an historic sports car around the world in 80 days… a new world record. Crossing four continents and driving through 22 countries, it was the longest ever rally in the history of the car and the first ever timed circumnavigation of the globe for a magnificent collection of 40 classic, historic and vintage cars.

The story begins almost two years before the rally itself when Barry bought the car for his wife at auction. But just a couple of weeks later after hearing about the rally he casually asked permission to “borrow” it. Driving Ambition is an inspirational account of what it is like to prepare for and take part in such an event – the frustrations, the personal, mechanical and driving challenges and the sheer joy of arriving home after 80 days on the road.

Introduction

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.
Aston Martin World

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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ASTON MARTIN JET 2+2 PRODUCTION CAR OF 1

This unique shooting-brake was designed and commissioned by the private British Aston Martin enthusiast and collector, Barry Weir and built by Bertone.
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BARRY WEIR: A First in Racing

Barry Weir got into the mobile homes business in the UK in 1978. He is now retired but offering consulting advice on Britain’s new Mobile Homes Act. Barry Weir is also a car enthusiast.
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