While ‘two-wheeled’ Terry Grant may have stolen a lot of the headlines at FoS with his incredible world record run, there was a very different mark broken by our friends at Mission Motorsport – as Lionel O’Connor became the first person to complete the hillclimb as a passenger in a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
Lionel, who lost his left leg in 2006 while serving for the Royal Anglians in Iraq, is the manager of Mission Motorsport’s stunt driving team, and was taken up the hill by former British Saloon Car Championship star Andy Middlehurst in an all-electric Nissan eNV-200, which had been converted by specialists Brotherwood to carry a wheelchair.
Speaking after the trip Lionel said: ‘The car is really comfortable, but I was strapped in, in my own wheelchair, meaning I didn’t have to transfer from the wheelchair into the car.
‘Even though Andy was pushing the car up the hill and through the corners, I felt secure and safe. There is also a lot of room in the back so it didn’t leave me feeling all squashed. Thank you very much for giving me the unique experience.”
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