Driven Together: Historic first crossing of Asia in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Sandblasted in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Think of two things you’ve always wanted to do but never had the chance.

Yes we know – why only two, you ask. How about two thousand?

Well OK. But here’s two for starters: Overtaking Michael Schumacher and driving an Aston Martin halfway across the world.

Not bad for starters eh?

Adventurous Brits Richard Meredith and Phil Colley did both last year in a V8 Vantage when they made the first-ever crossing of the new Asian Highway.

The trip from Tokyo to London took in 17 countries and 10,000 miles and had some extremely hairy moments.

This was a highway, not a motorway remember – and with plenty of dodgy deviations in China and the ‘Stan nations of central Asia, it was mighty tough going for a car that’s about as road-hugging as they get.

And there was an unexpected grand finale when they powered up to the 7-times world champion’s Maserati on the autoroute north of Paris.

Want to know what happened?  Well Meredith’s written the book of course. It’s out next month and there’s a special pre-publication offer for readers of carpages.co.uk /

DRIVEN TOGETHER: Historic first crossing of Asia’s new Highway to the West  releases November 29 at £19.99 by MercuryBooks, but there’s an offer at £18 inc. post (UK only) for orders at www.mercurybooks.co.uk or tel +44 (0)1908.618439

Published 27 October 2008 Melanie Carter

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