Former racer hopes to set new bench­mark

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence

Former Cooper Bris­tol racer Nick Eden is plan­ning a chal­lenge on the world land speed record for a blind driver.

Eden, 61, lost his sight after an ac­ci­dent at the Nur­bur­gring in Au­gust 2014 when his car was clipped into a vi­o­lent series of rolls. How­ever, he still has a de­sire to drive fast and hopes to bet­ter the cur­rent world record for a blind driver of 203.1mph. His cho­sen ve­hi­cle and venue for the test are be­ing de­cided.

Eden spent five months in hos­pi­tal after the ac­ci­dent in his 1950s sin­gle-seater, first in Ger­many and then in the UK.

“My op­tic nerves died as a re­sult of the high-speed im­pact and un­for­tu­nately, like the spinal cord, they do not re­gen­er­ate,” he said.

“A chap I came to know ear­lier this year called Miles Hil­ton-bar­ber, who is also blind, is called the ‘Blind Ad­ven­turer’. He is a mo­ti­va­tional speaker and I heard him in Cam­bridge. I get on very well with him and he’s very like­able. One of the things he talked about was to beat the blind land speed record.

“So I’ve said I’ll let him do it and he wants to do 210mph.

“Then I’ll aim to beat what he sets, so we both win.

“One must make the most out of the hand, which has been dealt. I have de­cided, apart from try­ing to get bet­ter, and writ­ing a book, that I would try to break the land speed record for a blind per­son.”

Eden used to race sin­gle-seaters

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