Blind man races car on road course

07 Mar

We liked this story a lot. It came from the guys at

The story goes that South African Hein Wagner is a man with no sight that has accomplished a huge list of things in his life despite the disability – including holding the world land speed record for the blind! As Bangshift says, the co-pilot should get a bravery medal for that one. At least that one was done in a straight line.

Not satisfied going in a straight line, Hein heard about a big road course competition taking place in Cape Town at the Kilarney Circuit this February just gone. Sadly race organisers weren’t open to the idea and shot him down. Undeterred he found an event on the next weekend and the organisers of that race allowed Hein and his co-driver to drive the circuit.

According to the reports, Hein learned the shape of the track by using a piece of rope nailed to a board the same shape as the track, making a mental image of the course.

Neither we nor Bangshift have found any news on how he went (the race took place a few weeks ago), but we’ll continue to do some digging and let you know.

It’s just nice to see people refusing to let setbacks or problems keep them down. Search ‘Hein Wagner’ on Google and you’ll see that the man is a motivational speaker, actor, playwright, cyclist and no doubt much more. You’ll also find video of his world land speed record.

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