Traveling at over 300 per hour must be as much an adrenaline-pumping sensation as it is terrifying for most people. At certain speeds it is necessary to have a cool head and reflexes to manage any unexpected events, but this has not worried in the least Dan Parkeran American pilot became blind after a serious accident in 2012.
Parker recently established the world record for the maximum speed reached by a blind person: 339.64 km/h.
“The Blind Machinist”
On April 1st, the driver originally from Columbus, Ohio, drove a special Chevrolet Corvette C6 at the Spaceport America circuit in New Mexico. Overtaking 339 km / h, Parker shredded the previous primacy of the world established in 2014 by Mike Newman who had stopped at 322.69 km / h. However, there is a substantial difference between the two records: while Newman drove blindfolded, Parker, as mentioned, is completely blind.
The driver has prepared the Chevrolet for four and a half years before driving for the record attempt. Previously, Parker collected a number of firsts in different categories and told the story of him on his site. The Blind Machinist.
From the accident to the record
After a long career in the American Championships, on March 31, 2012 Parker was seriously injured during a test on the track and crashed into a wall at 280 per hour. Surviving by a miracle, Parker lost his sight and in the following six months he said he had come to terms with the depression and with the thought of suicide.
In the saddest moment of his life, the pilot said he took his place the goal of becoming the fastest blind man on the planet. Parker got to work on a special bike becoming in 2013 the first blind rider to perform on the iconic track of Bonneville Salt Flats reaching 89 km / h.
In 2020, however, he set the American record for a blind person by hitting 246 km / h. The rest is recent history.
Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.
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