Spinal Track opened the doors to the UK’s first Rally Experience designed specifically for disabled drivers, on 10 April 2019. Founded by racing drivers Nathalie McGloin and Andrew Bayliss in 2016, Spinal Track is a charity that already gives people with disabilities the opportunity to take part in track driving experiences in specially adapted cars.
Based at the Bill Gwynne Rally School at Turweston Aerodrome, Buckinghamshire, the Spinal Track Rally Experience is the first initiative of its kind where rally cars are provided solely for the use of disabled drivers – giving individuals the chance to take to the wheel and learn how to drive a rear-wheel-drive RWD rally car on gravel. Spinal Track is also the only charity to offer BARS licence training/exams for disabled drivers. In addition, participants will have the unique opportunity to take their driving beyond the initial experience by taking part in a Motorsport UK sanctioned rally.
There is no charge for drivers with disabilities to take part in the Rally Experience. Events are funded by Spinal Track and supported by the Richard Burns Foundation – who has raised more than £1m for charitable causes. The Richard Burns Foundation sponsored the purchase, modification and build of two automatic Toyota GT86 cars, which feature hand controls. Each of the two cars has a different hand control fitted and one also has a left foot throttle installed, in order to suit as many drivers as possible. Both cars have bucket seats, harnesses, long travel suspension and a cage fitted.
Nathalie McGloin commented, “We are extremely grateful to the Richard Burns Foundation for their continuous support of our charity, and this incredibly generous donation to our fleet, which is making it possible for us to extend our portfolio in this way. Until now, Spinal Track has focused its support for disabled drivers around track days and circuit activities. Thanks also to STANLEY, the new Rally Experience will allow us to diversify our offering, giving drivers the opportunity to freely experience a competition car not just on the track, but on the rally stage, too. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of all our sponsors and donors, we really do have the power to change lives, and make motorsport for everyone.”
For more information on Spinal Track, visit www.spinaltrack.org
Photo credit: James Fitchew
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