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Dearne students build car for blind racing driver

Mike Newman, former land speed record holder and founder of Speed of Sight.

Mike Newman, former land speed record holder and founder of Speed of Sight.

Dearne Valley College students have completed a special project to construct a kit car for a blind racing driver.

Youngsters on a motorsport engineering course at the Wath-based college will today present the vehicle to blind racing driver Mike Newman.

Mike, born partially blind before completely losing his sight, turned his passion for motorsport into a career by breaking multiple Guinness World Records for both blind land speed and blind water speed.

He hopes to use the vehicle in race meetings through his charity, Speed of Sight, which encourages people with disabilities into motorsport.

A spokeswoman for the college said: “The college has worked with Rotherham-based MK Engineering to build a kit car to support his charity and provide sponsorship.

“The students benefitted from the partnership by taking the opportunity to work on the vehicle first hand in the college’s purpose-built automotive building PIT63.”

 

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