12 March 2014
The National Federation of the Blind said that one of its members, Dan Parker, will again independently operate a three-wheeled motorcycle with the help of a GPS system that gives him audible cues in order to help him maintain a straight course.
Parker is an experienced racecar builder and driver who lost his sight as the result of a racing accident in 2012. He will drive his custom-built motorcycle on the runway as part of the Thunder in the Valley Air Show in Columbus, Georgia, this weekend.
On August 27, 2013, Dan Parker became the second blind man to publicly operate a vehicle independently and the first blind man to race at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Parker completed a two-mile run on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, reaching an officially recorded top speed of 55.331 mph.
Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We in the National Federation of the Blind know that blindness is not what defines a person or his future. Dan Parker exemplifies that belief by continuing to live his dream to be a high-speed motorcycle driver. We wish him success in his run at the Thunder in the Valley Air Show and look forward to future collaborations with him in our ongoing efforts to break down misconceptions about the capacity of blind people. “
Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind is the oldest, largest, and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States.