A Published Author
Barry Weir has discovered the original moulds and model of the car he designed along with Bertone.
In Print, Twice!
Barry Weir has created two books which both centre around his love of cars.
The first book describes his adventure of a lifetime as he writes in entertaining detail about his record breaking world rally when he drove his wife’s 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 around the world in 80 days.
Entitled, Driving Ambition, the book reveals the highs and lows as he crossed four continents, traveling through 22 countries and clocking up 34,500 kilometres.
The book is filled with amusing anecdotes and fascinating insights into the adventures involved in achieving the incredible feat. It even includes a foreword by motor racing legend Stirling Moss.
Not content with being in print once, Barry produced another book which tells the story of the making of his Aston Martin Jet 2+2.
In the book he reveals how and why he came up with the original concept and the challenges he faced in creating the motoring masterpiece. It details all of the innovations he came up when producing the car including the large glass sun roof that changes to blue to block out bright light and the shooting brake boot that appears at the touch of a button.
The hard back book is packed with stunning photos and would grace the finest coffee tables in the land.
A Foreword By 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.”