May 23, 2007
Aston Martin cross-country trip to promote safe driving awareness
Gaydon, England – Two Britons will drive a factory-prepared Aston Martin from Tokyo to London to help bring world attention to road safety awareness, and to raise money to help save children from deaths and injury on the roads. The trip, which is being undertaken in collaboration with the United Nations, will travel along the newly-completed Asia-Pacific Highway.
Teacher Richard Meredith and travel specialist Phil Colley will leave Tokyo on June 25 and pass through 15 countries, arriving in London some six weeks later, driving a V8 Vantage. When the journey is completed, the Vantage will be the first car ever to cross the full extent of the new Asia Highway network of roads, which was begun 50 years ago and completed last year. To cope with expected rough sections of the trip, the car has been modified with a strengthened sump guard, raised suspension and full-size spare tire.
The trip will promote the UN-backed Road Safety Is No Accident and the Make Roads Safe campaigns, both of which are aimed at increasing awareness of road safety, especially in developing nations. The associated Driving Home Safely 2007 campaign aims to raise 100,000 Euros to provide Chinese children with educational books on road safety.
The 16,000-km trip will take the pair through Japan, South Korea, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. After June 15, the project can be tracked through a dedicated micro-site available at AstonMartin.com.