The Mobility Roadshow incorporating Get Going Live! is the UK’s premier accessible vehicle test-drive and adaptive product event for consumers living with restricted mobility (26-28 May, Silverstone Circuit, Northants. Open from 10am daily).
This free-to-attend event, organised by charity Mobility Choice, provides thousands of visitors with the opportunity to test, trial and compare a vast range of adapted vehicles and assistive products all in one location. Hosted at Silverstone for the first time, over 40 adapted and wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) from leading manufacturers and conversion specialists will be available for test-drives on the historic circuit. Visitors can experience test drives as a disabled driver or passenger for free and accompanied at all times by professional drivers.
The Mobility Roadshow also demonstrates the largest and most diverse selection of adaptive driving and steering controls ranging from push/pull devices to specialist electric triggers and 4-way joysticks. These will be complemented in The Silverstone Wing and pit lane garages by a diverse display of innovative wheelchairs, mobility scooters, ramps, hoists and much more.
For younger visitors, age 16 plus, and those new to disability, Get Going Live! offers test-driving opportunities which are hugely beneficial to those wishing to try accessible driving for the first time or researching their first vehicle purchase.
This year leading vehicle manufacturers Ford, Hyundai and for the first time, Suzuki, will be providing test- drives in their latest and most popular cars. Ford is providing eight vehicles including the EcoSport, Galaxy, Kuga and S-MAX plus static vehicle demonstrations of the Connect Grand Tourneo and Focus Estate amongst others. The Hyundai test-drive models will include the new Tucson, ix20, i30 hatchback and the Santa Fe with static displays including the multi-award-winning i10 city car. Suzuki are supplying five vehicles including the Vitara and S-Cross – rated amongst Europe’s safest cars according to Euro NCAP.
Visitors can also drive vehicles from BMW, Citroen, Skoda and Peugeot and WAVS from Bever Cars, GM Coachwork, Gowrings Mobility and TBC Conversions. Sirus Automotive will be demonstrating several vehicles including the Volkswagen Caddy Transfer, Fiat Qubo UpFront and new Kia Soul. Lewis Reed is featuring its top eight converted vehicles including the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Vito models. PB Conversions will showcase the new Ford Tourneo Connect with Guidosimplex equipment, the Volkswagen T5 with Paravan Space drive equipment and the Ford CMax with a selection of assistive controls.
In addition, visitors will be able to discover the latest assisted driving seats, wheelchair docking stations, lifts, and ramps from specialist manufacturers such as Vapor Ricon, Dahl, Q’Straint, BAS and Brig-Ayd. Mobility Networks, global specialist in vehicle access solutions and Gold Sponsor of the Roadshow, is launching several pioneering “Flexi” products including the new FlexisRamp, FlexiStep and FlexiWinch. Autoadapt and Elap, also Gold Sponsors, are launching their impressive Autoadapt Turny Low Vehicle Seat at the show – a swivel seat that is suitable for a wider type of vehicle than ever before.
Ann Frye, Chair of Mobility Choice – charity organisers of The Mobility Roadshow comments: “We are thrilled to be hosting this year’s event at Silverstone for the first time – a memorable setting for visitor test drives. The Mobility Roadshow crucially allows visitors of all ages living with disability to research vehicle choice through hands-on comparison and make informed, timely decisions about adapted vehicles to enhance mobility.”