Speed of Sight achieved new heights last week in our mission to provide high speed driving experiences for blind, visually impaired, and disabled people. We were invited to host our final event of the season, the grand finale, on the world-famous Silverstone Circuit, the official home of British motorsports racing for decades and host to nearly every British Grand Prix since World War two! Using our small fleet of specially altered vehicles and our team of dedicated volunteers and expert driving instructors, Speed of Sight made history by allowing blind and disabled drivers the opportunity to race around this iconic track.
Now, thanks to this incredible event, Speed of Sight is thrilled to announce the arrival of a new ambassador for our charity! Nick Hamilton, brother of seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, spent the day with us at Silverstone and took part in one of our blindfolded driving experiences!
Nick, who has cerebral palsy, has already made history in his own right in 2015 when he became the first disabled driver to ever compete in the British Touring Car Championships. Just like our drivers here at Speed of Sight, Nick races with a specially modified car which allows him to drive unaided in racing competitions. Nick gave a short interview after his first-ever blindfolded driving experience, calling it ‘the best experience’ he’d ever had in a race car! Here’s what Nick had to say:
“I would say it’s the best experience I’ve ever had in a race car, I had full trust in my instructor martin who I go way back with, so it was great to be on comms with him. And obviously I know Silverstone, I was racing here two weeks ago so that’s a help for me… but it was amazing, I wanted to carry on to be fair.”
Nicolas Hamilton has now agreed to become a brand ambassador for Speed of Sight to help us spread awareness and raise funding so that we can keep changing lives with our driving experiences. We would like to extend our warmest welcome to Nick and are thrilled to have him join the Speed of Sight family.