Falci Adaptive Motorsports is backed by Furniture Row’s Barney Visser
Five people with mobility challenges, including three U.S. Paralympians, were recently treated to a ride-and-drive experience in a Toyota Camry at Richmond Raceway. The event was a prelude to this weekend’s Toyota-sponsored NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races at the ¾-mile, D-shaped track in Virginia’s capital city.
It was the year’s second event for the Denver-based Falci Adaptive Motorsports team.
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Arrow gave a team twelve months to create a quadriplegic-compatible racing car – it took them five
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Arrow Electronics gave its semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) design team a little under a year to enable a quadriplegic to drive a race car. As a practical matter, they did it in less than five months.
The essence of every engineering challenge is the tension between goals and constraints — invent, improve, add (and so on) versus money, time, personnel, tools, etc. It’s not that unusual to have to account for the traits of potential users, but it’s the rare project in which user traits so completely dominate all other variables, including those having to do with hardware, software, and resource.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Forty-five days after the accident, Nikeela Black sat in her room at Craig Hospital cataloging all she could remember.
She recalls telling the three other riders to keep their horses in their lanes right before her fourth race of the day, two wins already under her belt. After breaking from the starting gate, memories turn to flashes — yelling, screaming. Later, helicopter propellers.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The stranger had tears in his eyes as he pushed through a crowd to reach Sam Schmidt in his wheelchair.
Schmidt was watching his team tune up a pair of engines, the roar was relentless and the man had to lean in close and shout in Schmidt’s ear to be heard. Thank you, the man said over and over, never expanding upon his gratitude. He tried to shake Schmidt’s hand, awkwardly just patted it, thanked him again and backed away.
The idea of racing around the Isle of Man’s world-famous TT course is terrifying for most us.
Yet Claire Lomas, who is paralysed from the chest down, hopes to do just that while only using her hands to control her motorbike.
“The bike has hand-controlled gears, Velcro on my knees to stop them flapping, and toe clips to stop my feet sliding,” she said.
“I’ll have someone to launch me and some poor person has to trust me as I ride towards them for them to catch me!”
In June 2016, Matt Wetherbee was left paralyzed after going head first into a wall during a pick-up basketball game. Severely damaging his spinal cord, Wetherbee was transported to the hospital where he spent two months facing a number of complications, and ultimately relocating to a rehabilitation center.
Since that time, Wetherbee has continued to work on his mobility at the Journey Forward rehab facility in Massachusetts four times a week. Last year, his longtime girlfriend Kaitlyn Kiely decided to run the Boston Marathon in his honor as a way to encourage him that his rehabilitation was a marathon and not a sprint; that his daily progress would one day pay off.
TEN years after a devastating horse racing injury left a him paralysed from the chest down, former jockey Wayne Burton revealed how discovering wheelchair basketball has transformed his life.
Mr Burton was just 24 when he was involved in a horse jumping accident at Exeter racecourse in 2008.
Having left Pewsey Vale School in 1999 to begin a career in the horse racing industry, Mr Burton was left reeling when he was told that he would never walk again.
Dan says, ‘Whether it’s motocross or hill climbs or dirt drags I just like being at the track.’
Hector Picard and Kerry Gruson were each in their mid-20s when devastating events permanently changed their lives.
As a young reporter heading to Vietnam to cover the war in 1974, Gruson was interviewing a veteran Green Beret who had a flashback, mistook her for a Viet Cong and strangled her, leaving her quadriplegic and neurologically disabled.
Two decades later, Picard, an electrician, received 13,000 volts of electricity from a substation transformer, leaving him burned over nearly half his body and requiring the amputation of his entire right arm and half of his left one.