July 27, 2007
Aston Martin endurance trek reaches halfway point
Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Buckinghamshire, England – A factory-prepared Aston Martin V8 Vantage being driven from Tokyo to London has reached the halfway point of its journey. Richard Meredith and Phil Colley saw 8,000 km come up on their odometer on Tuesday, July as they drove between Samarkand and Bukhara in Uzbekistan; the landmark was reached exactly on schedule.
Upon completion of the trip, the pair will become the first people to traverse the full extent of the new Asian Highway road network. The trip is in aid of children’s road safety charities.
“We have experienced extreme heat, rough roads, super-smooth highways, excessive bureaucracy, delays, warm welcomes, incredible press and local interest, petrol supply difficulties, and a few scary moments,” says Meredith, a 58-year-old teacher. “But no one said it would be easy, least of all Phil and I. Passing the halfway mark was a significant moment, made even more so by the fact that we were bang on schedule.”
The pair has driven in Japan, South Korea, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan; they are expected to end their trip in London’s Trafalgar Square on August 13.