Barry Weir: He Will Understand Life

Barry Weir made a fortune in the mobile homes park business in the UK, and since retiring in 2007 has become an authority on England’s Mobile Homes Act of 2013, which went into effect in the Spring of 2014.

He characterizes himself as an agnostic on religious matters, but concedes that there are some things that have happened in his life that have made him stop to think. “As a young teenager I traveled to Cornwall with a friend on holiday,” he wrote in Driving Ambition, an account of his participation in an around-the-world road rally. “While there we met a group of teenagers renting a caravan. We all went back for coffee and something to eat. You never refuse a free meal!”

The teenagers decided to have a séance. Their Ouija board said it had a message for Barry – which was strange, because he hadn’t told anyone there his name. That message was, “In time, you will understand what life is about.”

Ten years later, Barry Weir attended another séance, and he received the exact same message. “Strange, but true,” he wrote.

Finally, in his late thirties, he went to a Spiritual Church out of curiosity. He sat listening to a medium but grew skeptical and decided to leave. But as he stood, the medium pointed to him and said, “I have a message for you. In time, you will understand what life is about.”

To be told this three times in his life in seemingly unrelated events was, he said, a bit dodgy. “I am the most unrelgious person that I have ever met,” he admitted. But those events, and that message, left him with a lot to think about.


Barry Weir: The Mobile Homes Act

Barry Weir is a retired English businessman who became wealthy in the mobile homes industry. Since his retirement he has become a leading authority on Britain’s Mobile Homes Act of 2013 and offers consulting advice on it.

The new law went into effect on April 1, 2014. Barry Weir says that most mobile home park site owners won’t be affected by the new law very much. That is because most park sites are operated by fair and professional business people.

The new Act provides authorities with enforcement power that will raise the standards in the industry. It makes sure that any demands for improvements by tenants are reasonable, and do not place any unfair burdens on site owners.

Barry Weir has been serving as a consultant on the new Mobile Homes Act, and reminds anyone who asks that it only applies to privately owned parks that are occupied by permanent residents. It does not apply to those parks designed for people who are on holiday.

“When I started in Mobile Homes in 1978, all my parks were put in a freehold holding company and leased to a trading company,” Barry Weir says. “Now leases are up, and local councils have to re-house residents as they are now technically homeless, through no fault of their own.” None of the residents in his mobile home parks, he says, were ever made homeless, because all of them were re-housed.

Barry Weir retired in the middle of 2007, and since then has been able to devote a lot more of his time to his great passion, sports cars.

Barry Weir’s Big Day in London

After completing an 80-day journey that took him across 22 countries spread out across four continents, Barry Weir had expected much more to be waiting for him in London. He and his partner had achieved the unknown and broken world records, however there were no reporters nor was there even a large celebration for what he saw as a tremendous feat. There were some other rewards, however, that outweighed any press attention.

The first reward was that he got to meet Ulrich Bez, the newly appointed CEO of Aston Martin. Bez expressed his interest in preserving Weir’s Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKI in the Heritage Museum at Gaydon. It was an honor for the longtime Aston Martin enthusiast, who also kept that connection as a means of securing himself some other future benefits.

Years later, Barry Weir got back in touch with the higher-ups at Aston Martin; but this time, he had plans for a whole new kind of venture. He wanted to customize a brand new, one of a kind Aston Martin for himself. It was a project that the team of engineers at Aston Martin embraced enthusiastically. The result was the Bertone Jet 2+2, a unique model that combined the innovation of two master auto companies as well as the vision of Mr. Weir. The model had four seats while boosting the same levels of performance that Aston Martin sports cars are known for. With a V12 engine that pumps out 470 horsepower, the Jet 2+2 can take the entire family for a very exciting drive.

Barry Weir Takes on Northern Africa and Southern Europe

Barry Weir’s trip around the globe had taken him from London to Istanbul, Istanbul to Beijing, Beijing to Anchorage, and Anchorage to New York. He had already covered tens of thousands of kilometers in his Aston Martin, but there was still one leg left to go. He flew out of JFK Airport one morning, and landed in Marrakech, Morocco, the starting place for the race back to London.

In the hot temperature and dry climate, it became clear that the Aston Martin was, too, on its last leg. The threat of an overheating engine loomed over them as they drove through the day. They pushed through, and were able to make it to Quarzazate in the blazing heat. They then drove to Erfoud and then from Erfoud to Tangier, all before making it to Murcia, Spain via ferry. In Spain, Barry Weir’s family had been awaiting his arrival, and surprised him with a visit for his birthday. It was a nice break; however they still had a race to finish. While they were both weary about the vehicle’s deteriorating performance, Barry and his co-captain drove to France the next day. They made it as far as Clermont-Ferrand, and then continued on to Laon the next day.

The very last stretch was from Laon, France to London, England- a mere 360 kilometers. What seemed like an easy stroll after everything else turned into quite a long trip due to getting lost on their very last day of driving. But they still managed to make it to London and break the world record for driving a classic car around the world in 80 days, a feat that came with a long, enriching story of travel and the open road.

Barry Weir: Buying A Castle

Barry Weir got into the mobile home business in 1978 and spent nearly thirty years developing mobile home parks in the United Kingdom.

After ten years in the business, Barry Weir and his family were doing very well; so much so that flipping through the pages of a glossy magazine and coming across unique property listings ended up changing his life, and the lives of his family.

“It was a sixteenth century castle in an idyllic location on a promontory of Loch Fyne, close to Inverary,” Barry Weir recalls. “I immediately sent off for details.” It was Dunderave Castle, which some historians call one of the most perfect architectural creations in Scotland. He did not tell his wife Roma about what he had done.

But Barry Weir managed to get Roma up to see the site, on the pretext of it being a weekend getaway. The castle was not what he expected it to be. “It was in an appalling state and everything from plasterwork to plumbing was in need of repair,” he said later. “But we were both captivated.”

Barry Weir made an offer on the property and to his astonishment, it was accepted. He may have been even more astonished when Roma accepted this development with good humor. “We moved up to Scotland and settled the girls in local schools.”

Before long the Weirs realized they had way too much room, and so decided to create a private Hotel on the shores of Loch Fyne. One of the first guests was a film crew that included the actors Michael Caine, Roger Moore and Director Michael Winner. They were making a movie in the area and stayed at Dunderave for a week. “Even better, Dunderave got its fifteen minutes of fame, featuring in a Highland Games sequence in the film,” which was called Bullseye. Barry Weir even got a role as an extra in the movie, “but if you’d blinked, you’d have missed me.”

Barry Weir: An Updated Law

Barry Weir retired from the Mobile Homes business in 2007, but recent changes in the laws governing mobile home parks in the United Kingdom have kept him interested in matters relating to the industry, and have even turned him into a leading authority on the Mobile Homes Act of 2013.

The Mobile Homes Act of 2013 made many changes to the law on park homes, which had not been updated in many years. The new Act, which went into effect on April 1, 2014, represented an attempt by the government to give better rights and protections to mobile home park owners, while simultaneously making sure that honest professional site owners, like Barry Weir was prior to his retirement, are able to conduct their business profitably.

As a leading authority on the new Act, Barry Weir knows that parts of the new laws enable local authorities to monitor site license conditions more effectively. With the new Act, says Barry Weir, “when leases of mobile home parks come to an end, local councils ….have to rehouse residents, as they are now technically homeless through no fault of their own. None of my residents have ever been made homeless as they have all been rehoused.”

The Mobile Homes Act of 2013, says Barry Weir, provides new enforcement powers that will require poor conditions at park home sites to be improved. It also makes sure that any demands for improvements are reasonable and do not place an unreasonable or unfair burden on site owners.

Barry Weir has been serving as a consultant on the new law, and he reminds those who ask that it only applies to privately owned parks that are occupied ntsby permanent reside. It does apply not those parks designed for people on holiday.

Barry Weir: Around The World In 80 Days

Barry Weir is a retired motor home park owner who set a world record by doing something that sounds like it sprang from the pages of Jules Verne: he went around the world in eighty days.

Barry Weir drove was behind the wheel of a 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 when he became the first person to ever drive an historic sports car all around the world in that time frame. His route took him across four continents and through twenty-two countries in what was the longest rally ever in the history of the Aston Martin. He wrote a thrilling account of his adventure in a book called Driving Ambition: An Adventure of a Lifetime, published in 2001.

Before his fortieth birthday, Barry Weir had never shown much interest in cars and road rallies. Then his wife Roma presented him with a Mercedes for his fortieth birthday, and everything changed. It spawned a deep passion for sports cars that deepened five years later when Barry Weir received an Aston Martin DB7 for his forty-fifth birthday.

When he heard about the “Around The World in 80 Days Motor Challenge,” planned for the year 2000, Barry Weir was hooked: he determined right away to take part in the event. Looking back on it today, though, he says he never could have done it without an incredibly tolerant spouse. “I have often had cause to reflect on my good fortune in my choice of a mate,” he wrote in Driving Ambition. “If it were not for Roma’s tolerance, patience and sense of humor, not to say generosity of spirit, I would never have managed to drive around the world.”

Today, Driving Ambition is out of print, although previously owned copies can still be found on Amazon and other used book websites.