Partially sighted man gets chance of a lifetime on supercar experience

DRIVE TIME: Mark is taken for a spin

DRIVE TIME: Mark is taken for a spin

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

PARTIALLY sighted Mark Harrison from Winterbourne Abbas says he will be ‘grinning for days’ after a supercar experience.

Mark got behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo at an event for blind and partially blind people to enjoy a day driving seriously fast cars.

The day was organised by iCAN Experiences, a company providing activities for disabilities, in partnership with driving experience provider U Drive Cars, at a former RAF base in Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire.

A total of 15 blind and partially sighted people enjoyed the freedom of the track, which included fast straights and hair-pin bends, in cars such as a Ferrari 360 and an Aston Martin DB9 with top speeds of up to 192mph.

For safety reasons they were accompanied by an instructor who had an engine cut-off switch and separate brake pedal.

Founder of iCAN experiences Paul Nicol explained the thinking behind the day.

He said: “I’m blind myself, but I used to be able to drive and sometimes I miss being behind the wheel.

“So I wondered if we could give blind and partially sighted people the chance to get behind the wheel of a supercar.”

Mr Nicol contacted Paul Davis of U Drive Cars and the two of them arranged the event.

After enjoying the thrill of his supercar experience, Mark said: “I’ve had such a great time.

“The instructor was fantastic and everyone was so helpful. It’s such an incredible experience driving an amazing car like this – if I can drive a Lamborghini, I know being blind won’t hold me back. I’ll be grinning for days!”

Mr Nicol said he was delighted with how the event had gone and hoped to run another similar event in the future.

He said: “The day was incredibly successful, everyone had a brilliant day.

“I am so pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to blind and partially sighted people, we will definitely be doing it again.”

For information about iCAN Experiences and its activities for people with disabilities visit icanexperiences.co.uk or search for iCAN Experiences on Twitter and Facebook.

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2:23pm Fri 21 Jun 13

portlandboy says...

S'cuse the pun here, but I'm registered blind and I didn't see that advertised anywhere. What a great experience, I'd love to do that too.
S'cuse the pun here, but I'm registered blind and I didn't see that advertised anywhere. What a great experience, I'd love to do that too. portlandboy
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11:46am Mon 24 Jun 13

mrsharrison says...

hi portlandboy. i searched the internet for marks birthday for ideas then came across ican experiences. it was a amazing day everyone was lovely. look-it up they r planning another one this year think its sept/oct. it was a amazing experience for him. he really enjoyed it, everyone made him very welcome. pretty good prices too. makes a gr8 day out. also they do let you put your foot down too think mark did well over 120 mph
hi portlandboy. i searched the internet for marks birthday for ideas then came across ican experiences. it was a amazing day everyone was lovely. look-it up they r planning another one this year think its sept/oct. it was a amazing experience for him. he really enjoyed it, everyone made him very welcome. pretty good prices too. makes a gr8 day out. also they do let you put your foot down too think mark did well over 120 mph mrsharrison
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10:24am Tue 25 Jun 13

portlandboy says...

Thanks for the info.
Thanks for the info. portlandboy
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2:23pm Tue 25 Jun 13

mrsharrison says...

no probs
no probs mrsharrison
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