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MrBlueSky1960
10-12-2005, 04:32 AM
Blind Man Breaks Speed Record‚‚ā¨¬¶ 144mph http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


Mike Newman was alone behind the wheel of a Jaguar XRJ 4.2 car during the record bid at Elvington Airfield, near York, on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old, who has been blind for most of his life, now claims the land speed record for the blind after exceeding the previous record of 141mph.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/3148161.stm

Bet his dog was scared‚‚ā¨¬¶ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Waldo.Pepper
10-12-2005, 05:06 AM
That guy needs to be a guest on Top Gear.

Aaron_GT
10-12-2005, 05:08 AM
The airfield is also a designated emergency landing strip for the Space Shuttle.

Arm_slinger
10-12-2005, 05:57 AM
Your joking Aaron??

That make for an interesting side show from the Buccaneers and Lightnings based there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Top gear have had a blind man on it already. He got around the track in just over 2 minutes, and was faster than some of the sighted people that did it!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif

hotspace
10-12-2005, 06:50 AM
Didn't he also try to do this last year as well m8?

Well done to the feller http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Hot Space

p1ngu666
10-12-2005, 01:03 PM
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Aaron_GT
10-12-2005, 03:15 PM
Your joking Aaron??

No, unless they have recently changed its designation, Elvington is a designated Space Shuttle emergency strip. It is one of the longest runways in the country (12,000 feet I think) with relatively low air traffic. It used to to be a USAF SAC base in the 1950s and 60s and (with a smaller runway) a Free French Halifax base before that.

NorrisMcWhirter
10-12-2005, 03:25 PM
Says they have a 109G6 (replica) at Alvington, also.

That's worth the trip to visit if nothing else!

That and the Mossie.

Looks like I might have to propose a suitable 'romantic' weekend in York to he missus...with the usual ulterior motive.

Ta,
Norris

Aaron_GT
10-12-2005, 03:52 PM
Says they have a 109G6 (replica) at Alvington, also.

They also have a Halifax, Mosquito NF.II, and parts of an Anson. (Ok, not everyone gets excited by Ansons, just me, probably).