Aston Martin 2013 driving home road safety 2007

Posted on May 24, 2007 by

Two Britons are
to drive a factory-prepared from Tokyo
to London on an
epic journey along the newly completed Asia-Pacific Highway bringing world
attention to road safety awareness and raising money to help save children from
deaths and injury on the roads.

The journey is
being undertaken in collaboration with the United Nations. It will promote the
UN-backed Road Safety Is No Accident and the Make Roads Safe campaigns. Both
are aimed at increasing awareness of road safety to help reduce the shocking
toll of road-related injuries and fatalities, particularly in developing
nations. Driving Home Road Safety 2007 aims to raise €100,000 to provide
Chinese Children with educational books on road safety.

Teacher Richard
Meredith (58) and travel specialist Phil Colley (42) are to set off on the 25
th June from the InterContinental Hotel, Tokyo
passing through 15 countries to arrive in central London some six weeks later.

Richard and Phil
will be driving an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the same car that in June 2006,
marked the celebration of the company’s 30,000 th production car – where
employees completed 30,000 miles in 30 days. This durability test car has gone
on to accumulate 100,000 miles and is now set to become the first car ever to
cross the full extent of the new Asia Highway network of roads, arriving in
early August in Trafalgar Square, London – and in doing so achieving a place in
the record books.

Much of the
highway, which was first mooted 50 years ago and was completed last year,
consists of improved roadways, but there are sections in central Asia which will test both the car and drivers to the
full. This 10,000 mile journey will see the car travelling through: Japan, South Korea,
China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia,
Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary,
Austria, Germany, France
and the United Kingdom.



The car has
received minor modifications to allow it to contend with the expected road
conditions. These include a strengthened sump guard, raised suspension and a
full size spare wheel. The car will run on standard 18” wheels clad with
Bridgestone tyres.

Richard Meredith
said “I have dreamed of making this journey for two years. In Aston Martin I
have found a partner with the confidence and enthusiasm to subject their car to
a very public trial in the name of road safetyand the effort they have put into
this has been simply terrific.”

Dr. Ulrich Bez,
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin commented: “As makers of
high performance cars we have a special responsibility to promote safe road
use. Our cars meet the highest standards of active and passive safety and our
driver training courses promote responsible driving. This initiative takes our
commitment further by helping to educate children on all aspects of road
safety.” Commenting on the challenge, Dr. Bez said: “Richard, Phil and the V8
Vantage face a tough journey ahead but I have every confidence that they will


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