Barry Weir: A Late Blooming Passion

Barry Weir is a retired businessman who spent nearly thirty years in the mobile home parks business in the United Kingdom. Since his retirement he has become a leading authority on Britain’s Mobile Homes Act of 2013, and offers consulting advice on it.

He has also continued his enthusiasm for automobiles and road rallies, a passion that actually began before his retirement. “My passion for classic motor cars was a late bloom, unintentionally brought into flower by my wife Roma,” Barry Weir writes in Driving Ambition: An Adventure of a Lifetime. Roma presented him with a blue Mercedes Benz 300SL sports car to mark his fortieth year, and what was meant to be a generous gift of love quickly became a way of life.

“Until then I had looked upon cars as little more than a way of getting from A to B,” he goes on. As a family man he had always driven sensible, family-oriented vehicles. “I’d never considered anything as lavish as a sports car.”

Since that birthday present, Barry Weir has devoted as much time as possible to racing, especially road rallies. He became the first person to race a DB7 in a track event anywhere in the world and is a world champion rally driver. He also commissioned and helped to design the Aston Martin Rapide Bertone JET 2+2 concept car, which has won him the admiration of Aston Martin enthusiasts the world over and was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013.

All of these are remarkable achievements for a man past his fortieth birthday, but as Barry Weir says, “There’s only so much you can do to the garden and rallying is a whole lot more exciting than golf!”

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