Blind drivers take over at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne for In The Driver's Seat

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Blind drivers take over at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne for In The Driver's Seat

More than 100 blind or visually impaired people have had the chance to get behind the wheel at the Sandown Racetrack, in Melbourne's south-east.
Jason Nakhla, who was born legally blind, drives at more than 100 kilometres an hour around the racetrack.
He takes the turns like a pro, easing off the accelerator and then flooring it as he reaches the straight.

"My vision is six over sixty, so it's about one-tenth of what a regular person sees," he said.
"I can kind of see, but I can't see things like the instrument dash, the writing."
Mr Nakhla is a big car enthusiast, and relishes the chance to drive.
"I love it. Words can't explain it," he said.
The event, called In The Driver's Seat, is an initiative of the Warrandyte Lions Club, which has run the program for 20 years.
Those with a penchant for motorcycles have a chance to do a lap, although only as passengers.
The Ulysses motorcycle club members help out, while qualified driving instructors donate their time and the use of their cars.
Wayne Stagg has been volunteering for years.
From the passenger seat he warns Mr Nakhla of a sharp turn a few hundred metres ahead.
"My little Yaris doesn't work this hard when I do lessons downtown in Bairnsdale," he said.
"It's a bit of an adrenaline rush when you look down the main straight at Sandown.
"The guys that do this are just adrenaline junkies, and they're so appreciative. We do love it."
Bill Gerritsen, the chairman of the program, said the event started thanks to Warrandyte Lions Club member, Peter Watts, who went blind.
"He found out that this is one of the things blind people miss, driving a motorcar," Mr Gerritsen said.
"Since that time we've had old truck drivers, taxi drivers, all sorts of people.
"It's an emotional day, it's a beautiful day."
It costs the Lions Club about $5,000 to host the event, and Mr Gerritsen said it was money well spent.
"It's all very, very positive and it's not just from the VIPs, but from the volunteers too.
"They get an emotional kick out of it and absolutely love it."

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Belgium’s Spa-Francorpchamps Formula 1 circuit welcomed very special drivers on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.

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Belgium’s Spa-Francorpchamps Formula 1 circuit welcomed very special drivers on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.

Driver and blind, Dominique Douxfils shared his experience with us…

On Wednesday 2nd March 2016, we went to the paddocks of one of the greatest F1 circuits in the world.

Along with my friends of the « Les non-voyants et leurs drôles de machines » (Blind people and their funny machines) association, we immediately took the wheel to discover the track, under the kind supervision of our driving instructors. One by one, we could drive the VW Polo, and then embark on a adventure with Yannick and his Renault Mégane RS (265 horsepower). I would never have imagined that one day in my life someone would tell me : « Put more gas ! » !

Nicole and all her pupils from La Reid school also paid a visit to us. They were all extremely happy to see me achieving my dream… It is indeed thanks to the chilren and their teacher that I am able to drive again. Everyone was moved beyond words. When they started to sing « On écrit sur les murs » (We write on the walls ), no one could hold back their tears.

After an appreciated lunch break away from the cold, we had the pleasant surprise to experience some laps as passengers in the BMW (325 horsepower) of famous rallye driver Grégoire de Mévius.

Then, we took the wheel again, going faster and faster, but always safely and wisely. Wisely ? I reached 130 km/h…But well, let’s stay modest… Feeling the speed was awesome, but it is nothing compared to the driving lesson given by José in his space rocket, a Mégane RS.

At the end of this wonderful day, we all went back home, with sparkles in the eyes, incredibly happy and, above all, ready to start again !

Our next Belgian driving adventure will take us to the circuit of Mettet !