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Heather Silcock, Louis  Smith, Mike Wright,  Clayton Yates, Brendan Stocker joined by Speed of Sight founder Mike Newman and Clarence Wynter-Forster

Pupils provide drivers with equality of opportunity

Motor vehicle students and key Stage 4 pupils on our motor vehicle schools programme have an exciting chance to help build off road buggies for disabled drivers, thanks to new partnership with charity ‘Speed of Sight’ and kit-car manufacturers Blitzworld.

‘Speed of Sight’ was founded  by Mike Newman, the fastest blind man on the planet on land and water. It gives those who are blind, partially sighted or have other disabilities the chance to experience the thrill of driving at speed. The charity runs popular track days using specially adapted race cars and is now launching off-road experiences. One of their first venues will be Reaseheath’s own off-road track.

The buggies have dual controls, twin steering wheels and hand controls, and several will be built by pupils in our workshops.

Mike Newman, who made a promotional video of the off-road experience at Reaseheath, explained: “Our aim is to allow people of all ages with disabilities to enjoy the excitement and thrill of motorsports. We are committed to the promotion of opportunity for all and like to focus on what people CAN do, rather than what they can’t do.

“We find that encouraging people with disabilities to take part in sporting or physical activities helps with their self-esteem, social interaction and physical and mental wellbeing. We are delighted with our new partnership with Reaseheath.”

Most recently our Level 2 motor vehicle students have been refurbishing one of Speed of Sight’s kit-cars, successfully solving a running problem with the engine.

Heather Silcock, Louis  Smith, Mike Wright,  Clayton Yates, Brendan Stocker joined by Speed of Sight founder Mike Newman and Clarence Wynter-Forster

Level 2 motor vehicle students Heather Silcock, Louis Smith, Mike Wright, Clayton Yates, Brendan Stocker joined by Speed of Sight founder Mike Newman and Clarence Wynter-Forster