National Federation of the Blind Member Seeks Motorcycle Speed Record
(WENDOVER, Utah) - The National Federation of the Blind today announced that member Dan Parker, who was blinded in a drag-racing accident in 2012, will attempt a motorcycle speed record on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats as part of this year’s Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. The National Federation of the Blind is sponsoring Mr. Parker’s continuing “Quest for the Salt.” Mr. Parker will operate a three-wheeled motorcycle, which he constructed himself, with the aid of a GPS system that gives him audible cues in order to help him maintain a straight course. The GPS system was designed and built by engineer Patrick Johnson. Last year, Mr. Parker completed a two-mile run on the Salt Flats, reaching an officially recorded top speed of 55.331 mph. This year, on August 25, he hopes to set a speed record for the 51-85 cc two-stroke cycle-car class.
Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Dan Parker exemplifies the Federation’s assertion that blind people can live the lives they want. He has not let his blindness stop him from continuing his career as a vehicle builder and racer. We are proud to support his quest to do what he loves, and we wish him speed on the Salt.”
Dan Parker said: “The National Federation of the Blind has helped me acquire the tools and the confidence that I need in order to be successful as a blind person in all aspects of my life. I am delighted to give back what I have gained from my blind brothers and sisters by demonstrating that blindness is merely a characteristic and does not define me or any other blind person.”