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David Butler - BMSAD Chairman
David lost both legs - the left below knee and the right above - and his left hand in a bomb accident at the age of 11.
He competed in over 600 events, racing and competing in rallies with LHD cars so that he can change gear with his right hand and use a vacuum operated clutch operated by a T lever on the top of the gear stick.
Mark Allen - Endurance Car Racing
Royal Anglian, one of the youngest British soldiers to become a double amputee at 19. Mark also had his left thumb and parts of several fingers blown off, as well as shrapnel wounds to his face and neck.
Racing has given Mark something to focus all his energy on and has allowed him to think about all the things he can do, rather than the things he can’t do.
Mark is a cheerful, friendly and funny young man but when he puts his helmet one and goes racing, he transforms into a ruthlessly efficient race driver. He always starts the race as the first driver and without fail always makes up 4 to 6 places on the first lap.

Nathalie McGloin - Sports Car Racing

Nathalie broke her neck in a car crash as a passenger when she was 16. Paralysed
from the chest down with limited grip in her hands, she learnt to drive a road
car and passed her driving test with hand controls.
Nathalie is now racing in the Porsche Club Championship in a Cayman S

James Pile - Saloon Car Racing

James who is wheelchair dependent having been knocked off of his motorcycle in 2006, races a hand      

controlled VW prepared by Slidesports Race Engineering

Congratulations  - Pole position, two podiums - a 2nd and a 3rd in the Dunlop VAG Trophy races at Brands Hatch.

Stéphanie Boddez - Rally Navigator

Stephanie lost both her legs below the knee to Melingitus at the age of 17. 
Here she is navigating on the Welsh GB Rally with the RACE2RECOVERY Team and finishing on the podium!
Click on her name above and read her story of how she became involved with the Team and her adventures on the rally.

Nicolas Hamilton - Saloon Car Racing
Judges do not come much better than the 2008 Formula One World Champion and having got his first two races in the Renault Clio Cup under his belt, cerebral palsy sufferer Nic has already convinced Lewis and Dad, Anthony, that he will soon be on the pace.

Nic Hamilton in action during the Air Asia Renault Clio Cup race at Brands Hatch.


Dave Hawkins - Rallying
I began competing in Autotests 1973 first ever stage rally first stage Olivers Mount at Scarborough. 
In 1980 I became T11 paraplegic, but converted existing Gp A RS2000 and was competing again 3 months after discharge from Pinders.
I was among the first to get a license under the new rules and is where I first met the guys that formed BMSAD.  I have competed in Mini’s Escorts Astra’s and have a clubman Gp A Impreza.

Neil Bray -  Classic Touring Car Racing
  Neil lost his right arm in a SuperStox racing accident in 1981.
His appetite re-wetted by son Chris’s exploits in his Escort, and a couple of outings in the car, Neil decided to go racing with his own machine and acquired a 3 litre Mk 1 Capri that had been prepared for Historic Saloon Car Racing.

He won the York Fitness Post Historic Touring Car 2006 Champion

Simon Andrews - VW Cup Races
Simon was riding is push bike to work when the chain snapped and he was thrown head-on into an arcticulated truck. Paralysed from the waist down and damaged to the nerves for my right arm.
He has worked hard to build up, gain more mobility in his right arm and now races a VW Cup Golf GTI DSG with radial hand controls.

Race2Recovery - Dakar 2013
One Challenge, Two QT Wildcat Teams, Three Support Crews,  Four Missing Limbs.
This is no ordinary Rally Team, this is Britains FIRST Disabled Rally Challenge crew.
Race2Recovery offers the purest sense of camaraderie, teamwork, purpose and adventure and thats just for its supporters.  For the wounded heroes taking part, soldiers who have sacrificed so much for their country, the Dakar Challenge provides much more. 
The word impossible loses some of its meaning when an amputee takes the wheel of a 450 horse power QT Wildcat to enter the Paris Dakar Rally. 
Visit their website for more ...

I am 54 years old and I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just after my third birthday in March 1958.

I never thought I would be issued with a race licence but here I am in a Ford Anglia 105E HSCC - HRSR pre 66 1500 GT.    This is great racing!

Now just 18 years old, Aaron raced very successfully for nine years in motocross until as a consequence of a practice accident he became a paraplegic.

Aaron has now qualified for a National B Race licence and is campaigning his X Sport Racing BMW.

Stephen Brooks
Diabetes and Circuit Racing Single Seaters
My name is Stephen Brooks and this is my story of becoming a diabetic and my hobby racing.

In July 2000 Philip had an horrific head-on motorbike accident with another motorbike on the crest of a hill.

Philip lost his right leg above the knee and injured his righ hand. He now races his Golf in the 2010 Volkswagen Racing Cup.

 After receiving my race licence (thanks to you guys at BMSAD) I have now competed in my first ever car race at Croft -
Yes I am hooked!
Update in 2012 - click name to view

Richard Armstrong
Paralysed from T7 down in a Scuba Dving Spinal Bends accident in 1989 whilst wreck diving
Richard now races a Porsche 928 in the HSCC 70s Roadsports series.
His first year of racing at 55 has been a steep learning curve

In April 1965 whilst riding a motorcycle to college I was involved in serious road traffic accident Paul has lost his right leg at the hip.
 He races a fearsome Porsche 996 Twin Turbo Tiptronic very successfully.

The former grand prix driver who lost his legs in a horrific accident at the Lausitzring, Germany, made his comeback to motor racing October 2003 at the wheel of a specially adapted BMW 320i.
The Italian, who won two American Champ Car titles, drove brilliantly for the Ravaglia Motorsport BMW team in the European Touring Car Championship at Monza, Italy with very special hand controls.

Donald Day lost his left arm at the shoulder when he rolled the ERA at Silverstone.
He has since made a remarkable recovery and has been given his MSA Race Licence back after a successful driving assessment carried out at Silverstone.

Marc Haynes
Britains first paraplegic race driver.
Marc is seen here during a round of the Porsche Classic Championship at Donington, he has contested over 40 races to date, with ten podium finishes, including two outright wins.
The race car has full hand controls.