It has been an amazing life for Barry Weir, who has accomplished some incredible feats. Perhaps the most impressive thing Barry Weir has ever done is when he became the first person to travel around the world in 80 days in a 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4, a car he “borrowed” from his wife shortly after purchasing it for her.
The journey Barry Weir took brought him across four continents and 22 different countries in what became the longest rally in the history of Aston Martin. This significance gained Barry Weir some attention from the classic car manufacturer itself.
Once he returned from his trip around the world, Barry Weir expected to be hounded by the press in London. After all, he and his rally partner had just achieved something no one had ever done before and did it in record time. However, there weren’t any reporters upon Barry’s return. There wasn’t even a celebration for his accomplishment.
But there was something that happened that was even more rewarding than a press interview or large celebration.
The first recognition Barry Weir received was from Ulrich Bez, the newly appointed CEO of Aston Martin. Barry Weir got to meet Bez, who expressed interest in preserving the Aston Martin Weir drove around the world in the Heritage Museum at Gaydon. As a longtime Aston Martin enthusiast, Barry Weir was honored to receive such an offer from Bez.
Years after his encounter with Ulrich Bez, Barry Weir decided to reach back out to the executives at Aston Martin and leverage his connection to Bez. Once he got in touch with a few of the higher-ups at Aston Martin, Barry Weir pitched to them his idea for a new adventure.
Barry Weir told them he wanted to customize a brand new, totally unique Aston Martin for himself. The engineering team at Aston Martin embraced this project and the result was the Bertone Jet 2+2, a one-of-a-kind model of Aston Martin that combines the innovation of the world-class auto manufacturer and Weir’s vision.
What is truly great about Weir’s unique ride is that is has four seats but still has the same levels of performance of regular Aston Martin sports cars. It features a V12 engine that produces 470 horsepower.
Barry Weir gained many great things from his journey around the world, but his post-trip experience with Aston Martin is certainly one of the best.
You can read more about the 80-day rally Barry Weir took around the world in his Aston Martin in Barry’s book that was published in 2001, “Driving Ambition: An Adventure of a Lifetime.”