Charity, Speed Of Sight, is hosting a track day at Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire to enable disabled people to drive. The event is taking place on Wednesday 23rd August from 10am – 4pm and is its first track day at the venue!
People with any disability will have the chance to drive themselves and an instructor around the racing circuit. However, spaces are limited, click here to book: https://speedofsight.org/driving-events/castle-combe-23-august-2023
Speed Of Sight is run by blind race car driver and multiple World Record holder Mike Newman, BEM, and his co-founder John Galloway. Interested participants can have any disability, as the team is trained to help everyone in and out of the cars, which are specially designed and built – two racing cars and three all-terrain buggies – to allow people of all ages with disabilities to enjoy the excitement and thrill of driving.
The vehicles, named after Mike’s guide dogs, are specially designed with dual controls and twin steering wheels and the buggies are equipped with hand controls.
Mike Newman enthused: “We are thrilled to host a driving experience in the southern part of the country. Many of our experiences are in the north of the UK, so we’re pleased to reach new people and give them the opportunity to drive and experience our track days. Castle Combe Circuit is an incredible circuit in a very beautiful part of the UK and so many motorsport events are held here so it’ll give our participants an extra thrill when driving round the track.
“We created this charity because we believe that no disability should get in the way of having the incredible experience of driving a car, which is why, when I was told I would not be able to because I have been blind since birth, I decided to become the fastest blind man – on land, water and in the air!
“I did not let my disability stop me and it has changed my life, and that’s what we are trying to bring to every person who has a disability and has been told they cannot do something that is so normal for everyone else. We are trying to bring these driving experiences to as many people as possible, so it is brilliant that we have now brought our events to Wiltshire.
“Sometimes we have people who attend our track days who don’t realise that they’ll actually be able to drive the cars themselves, but when we get them in the seat and tell them how to use the pedals and steering wheel, their faces just light up and they get so excited – it really does amaze me that we’re able to provide that joy to people.”