Drew Hanslow will be driving 200 laps in 27 hours without sleep to raise money for charity, Speed Of Sight, which delivers track days for disabled people.
To raise money for the charity that helped him fulfil a lifelong dream of driving a real car, visually impaired Drew Hanslow will be driving 200 laps of the Nürburgring circuit on PS4 game Gran Turismo Sport, on the 24th April 2021. He will do this without sleep, but will have small breaks for food and the bathroom.
The charity 25 year old Drew is doing this for is Speed Of Sight, which is based in Bolton and run by blind race car driver and multiple World Record holder, Mike Newman and his co-founder John Galloway. The charity hosts driving experiences for children and adults with disabilities.
People can donate to Speed Of Sight here: https://www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/speedofsight27hourrace and watch Drew’s race here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIlv6VctzvFeIDQtHN8oIZw
Kidderminster-based Drew has albinism and nystagmus, which causes poor vision and a sensitivity to light, meaning that he is not eligible to hold a driver’s licence, but he has always loved cars. In 2015, his mother found the Speed Of Sight charity and booked him an experience day, something that six years on, he still says is one of his favourite memories. It was this day that encouraged him to pursue his dreams, and now he races in E-Sports for Year One Racing.
Drew said: “I’m really excited to take on this challenge and hopefully raise lots of money for Speed Of Sight. I’ve only attended one of their track days, but it’s something that’s stuck with me and I know it will be really important to other people with disabilities.
“It’s an unexplainable feeling to be able to drive a real car on your own, something that I never thought would have been possible and I know that Mike overcame the same challenge himself and so is now determined that others get the same experience as him.”
Speed Of Sight’s CEO, Mike Newman, commented: “It’s an incredibly difficult thing to accept when you have a disability, that something as simple as driving is not possible for you. Driving is such a normal thing for many and it generates a sense of freedom, but when you have a disability that prevents that, it limits you. It’s for people like Drew that we started Speed Of Sight, because I understand what they feel when they get into one of our cars and race around a track, it’s exhilarating.
“We really admire Drew for all that he has achieved and we’re very humbled that six years after his experience, he still remembers us and wants to help us continue these days for other disabled people.”
Speed Of Sight runs events which empower disabled people of all ages. These events, held nationwide, allow a disabled child or adult a chance to forget, if only for a little while, that they have a disability.