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For an ordinary person, a partial deterioration in vision, not to mention its complete loss, is akin to a catastrophe. The world immediately becomes different and there is nothing around but darkness. And then there is no time to drive a car …
In fact, it is difficult to imagine how scary it is - at some point to lose the opportunity to see everything that seemed to you to be commonplace. In such a situation it is not surprising to give up, but there are strong-minded people who do not even refuse to get behind the wheel of a car.
Of course, we are not talking about everyday trips, since this is unrealistic for a driver who has lost his sight, but about separate arrivals. But immediately at maximum speed! Moreover, such records are updated quite often.
Among the latest achievements, one can name the Turk Metin Sentürk, who, driving a Ferrari F430 in 2010 on the runway of Sanliurfa airport, set a new world speed record for blind drivers - 292 km / h.
Three years later, in 2013, British Mike Newman drove a Porsche 911 GT2 at a speed of 299 km / h at the Brantingthorpe training ground, thus returning this record to the UK.
And despite the fact that there are many such brave blind drivers, an unspoken "confrontation" in which country is the fastest blind driver (forgive me this somewhat harsh wording) unfolded between Turkey and Great Britain.
The last two examples are Levent Caradol and Amit Patel. Honda NSX and Toyota GT86. Bursa Airport and Top Gear Test Track. Race in a straight line and one of the best times of the circuit. Turkey and Great Britain.
Let's start with a Turkish example. Levent Caradol lost his sight at the age of 7 months. Growing up, he received a medical education and works as a psychologist in one of the Turkish clinics.
Blindness did not hinder Caradol in his passion for cars. Levent spoke about his love for cars in the comments on YouTube to one of the videos of the Turkish edition of the Motor1 website.
The doctor shared his dream - he really wanted to visit one of the test drives of the editorial office in order to get to know more about the work of automobile journalists. But Motor1 went further.
The journalists not only invited Caradol to spend one of their working days with them, but also put him behind the wheel of a car for the first time. Yes, not some budget subcompact, but the real sports car Honda NSX.
Driving a 507-horsepower hybrid coupe, Levent was able to accelerate to 244 km / h on the runway at Bursa airport. And even if this is not a record value, just look at the emotions of a person who has realized his dream …
And practically at the same time in Great Britain the dream of another blind driver came true. Amit Patel, a former ambulance driver, lost his sight in 2013 and has not returned to the wheel since.
That all changed thanks to Toyota UK, which, as part of its Start Your Impossible global campaign, provided Patel with a driving training and track at Dunsfold.
Instructor Mark Watkins already had experience working with visually impaired and blind people on the race track, and Amit himself had excellent driving skills - the status of an ambulance driver requires it!
As a result, the Top Gear track was first studied on a modest Toyota Yaris hatchback, and then moved into a Toyota GT86 coupe. Only Patel drove the car, while Watkins told him the trajectory, as well as the moments of braking and acceleration.
So, as a result, the blind driver was able to drive a circle on the highway in 1: 46.58. How does it compare? Well, let's say, with the times of other drivers who drove in Dunsfold in the same Toyota GT86.
And here is the most interesting thing. Amit Patel wasn't just not the least on this list. A blind driver in a sports car with a manual transmission (!) Entered the top 10 fastest! What a top 10, a blind racer set the 5th (!) Best time on the Top Gear track among all those who rode it in a Toyota GT86!
I don’t know how to express the degree of admiration for such people who do not give up and go to their dreams. In my opinion, this is worthy of respect.
I really hope that you liked this material!
Thank you all and see you soon.