Maxine Nicholls, from Buntingford, a determined disabled racing driver has been appointed as an Ambassador for The 2016 Mobility Roadshow incorporating Get Going Live! The Mobility Roadshow is back at Silverstone Circuit, Northants, from the 26-28 of May.
Maxine, age 34, lives with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), a genetic condition that damages peripheral nerves. She joins an elite group of dedicated volunteers who promote The Mobility Roadshow and raise awareness for charity organiser Mobility Choice.
The free-to-attend Mobility Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer- focussed event for people of all ages living with restricted mobility. Visitors have the unique opportunity to test drive over 40 adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVS) around the famous Silverstone motorsport circuit. The popular Get Going Live! feature focuses on specific needs of young and novice drivers with disabilities, age 16 plus, with free test drives in the safe presence of a professional driver, the chance to try an impressive range of adapted controls and even take a mock theory test. Plus, inside the Silverstone Wing, a diverse showcase of mobility products, including wheelchairs, scooters and trikes, will be available for hands-on demonstrations. The Mobility Roadshow displays the largest range of specialist adapted driving controls at any UK event focussed on independent mobility.
Maxine is delighted to be able to promote the benefits of visiting The Mobility Roadshow and Get Going Live! She comments: “These events allow people with restricted mobility like myself to crucially research opportunities for accessible driving. CMT affects me on a daily basis with even the most basic tasks. Nerve damage and weakened muscles have meant multiple surgeries and 5 hip replacements in a 2 year period. However, I have not let this hold me back and I am keen that other people with similar conditions realise that with the correct vehicle adaptations and controls anything is possible!”
New to racing in 2014, Maxine proudly won the BWRDC (British Women Racing Drivers Club): “Newcomer of the Year Award” in 2015 and this season joins her father and brother in the Toyota MR2 championship.
Maxine comments: “Racing has enabled me to accept my condition and for the first time in my life – I own it! Racing is against the odds for me because I suffer greatly with weak leg and ankles and also some weakness in my hands. Yet this year I am joining my father and brother, who have both raced for six years, in our new team “Emagine Motorsport”. My race car has been adapted and includes an upstand on the clutch pedal. My foot used to slip off the clutch as I cornered during a race – due to the force pushing my
legs. I also have runners fitted to the bottom of my seat like a normal road car, so the seat can move back and forwards. Usually race seats are static and bolted in one place but this allows me to comply with MSA safety rules and exit the car within 7 seconds.”
Maxine is looking forward to achieving more success in 2016, on and off the race track. She has recently qualified as a driving instructor – something she has dreamed of for a long time but had to delay due to a series of operations. She is also a semi- professional photographer who has won awards for portrait and studio images.
Maxine concludes: “The Mobility Roadshow and Get Going Live! events are a great way for visitors of all ages to meet people with similar experiences and to share information. At the age of 17, I doubted whether I would ever drive a manual car as I struggled to use my leg to control the clutch. With the right vehicle choices and controls, I have surpassed all my expectations and I hope I can inspire others to visit the event to research vehicle adaptations and benefit from the independent expert advice on mobility.”
Find out more about the event and how to make sure you are part of it at, www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk.