Aug 15, 2007
Aston Martin drivers finish Tokyo to London journey
Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
London, England – British drivers Richard Meredith and Phil Colley have completed their journey from Tokyo to London, driving an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, a feat which has earned them the title of the first drivers to cross the full extent of the new Asian Highway road network. The journey covered 10,000 miles (16,093 km) and took 49 days.
The pair used the trip to raise awareness of road safety issues worldwide, and raise money to aid UNICEF in providing road safety education for children in China. The trek, known as Driving Home Road Safety 2007, had the support of the United Nations, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile Foundation, and UNICEF.
The pair left Japan on June 25; their travels took them through South Korea, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, France and the U.K. They reached London precisely on schedule.
At the termination of the journey, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez announced that the car will be auctioned and all proceeds will be donated to the UNICEF China fund supported by the drive.