Michael Newman who is from Greater Manchester in the UK is a 52-year-old former bank manager at Barclays. He was born with a glaucoma and has lived as a blind person since the age of 8. Despite his disability Newman never stopped pursuing his dreams and breaking a few speed records along the way.
Mr. Newman left his previous occupation as a bank manager to run his very own charity foundation called “Speed of Sight”. His organization builds and designs custom-made racing cars for drivers with disabilities. To help him raise funds for his charity Newman’s family help out by organizing special adrenalin packed events. The blind driver has already broken the speed records for racing motorbikes, speedboats, planes and cars.
In 2013 Newman broke his very own record by racing his customized Porsche GT2 with a top speed of 186mph. This summer the inspiring blind driver is going to break the 200mph barrier with a 1000bhp Nissan GT-R without any built-in steering aid devices. He will be directed only by radio and following the commands of his father.
Newman also holds the speed records for racing a motorbike with 89mph and for speedboat by reaching the astonishing 93.mph.