Inspirational Disabled Racing Driver Nicolas Hamilton, brother of F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, to open 2017 Mobility Roadshow…
Kim Henson reports.
The Mobility Roadshow, organised by Goose Live Events on behalf of Mobility Choice, has announced that racing driver Nicolas Hamilton will be opening the 2017 event at 10 am, 1st June, at NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.
From the 1st to the 3rd June, The Mobility Roadshow incorporating Get Going Live! will provide a unique experience with an atmosphere to match. It is the original hands-on event for consumers looking to maintain or discover independence when living with restricted mobility. The exhibition provides a free, fully accessible opportunity for disabled drivers to test drive the latest adapted vehicles and specialist conversions accompanied by experienced professional drivers. There will also be a vast range of specialist manufacturers showcasing their latest innovations in wheelchairs, mobility scooters, ramps, hoists and so much more. As the guest celebrity for this year, Nicolas Hamilton will officially open the event and welcome the many visitors, of all ages, looking to discover or maintain independent mobility.
Nicolas Hamilton is a prime example of ‘you can do anything if you put your mind to it’. Born with Cerebral Palsy, he is young, hungry for success, determined and believes that his CP will not prevent him from achieving his lifelong dream of becoming a successful racing driver.
With motorsport in the family (F1 driver Lewis Hamilton is his brother) and therefore in his blood, but both time and physical strength against him, Nicolas never had the confidence to try motorsport. After years of hard work and dedication in overcoming his condition from wheelchair bound to walking unaided by the age of 17, Nicolas’ parents decided to agree to his request to be allowed to race. He was given the opportunity to race in the highly competitive Renault Clio Cup series. This naturally was a baptism of fire given that this would be Nicolas’ first attempt at motorsport, but Nicolas handled the challenges presented to him with the same dedication and determination that his disability presents to him on a daily basis.
Nicolas had a fantastic first year of racing, finishing midfield in the season. His second year proved a little tougher both with luck and much bad luck, but Nicolas remains determined to achieve his dream. After proving himself to the world of motorsport in just two short years, his ambitions are set high with the desire of racing in the Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), or similar racing series as a motivation to others that disabled life is for living.
Ann Frye, Chair of Mobility Choice, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Nicolas Hamilton to the Mobility Roadshow. His determination and achievements will be an inspiration to many young people with disabilities thinking about driving and independent mobility for the first time.”
The 2017 Mobility Roadshow: beyond independence. For all the latest pre-show news and to book a test drive visit: www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk
The Mobility Roadshow…
… is the UK’s premier consumer-focused mobility and lifestyle event, showcasing products and services to help maintain independent mobility. The show, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013, is organised by registered charity Mobility Choice.
For 2017, The Mobility Roadshow returns to the NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, where visitors will have the opportunity to test drive adapted and specialist vehicle conversions as well as try out the very latest innovations in the mobility market.
As a registered charity, Mobility Choice delivers the latest mobility advice, news and support to assist disabled individuals with enhanced independence. It was established in 1998 with the primary role of organising The Mobility Roadshow, originally set up by The Department of Transport. It has continued to pioneer inclusion for all through a series of additional programmes and events including the test-driving ‘Get Going Live!’ experience for young and novice disabled drivers.