• Aug 3, 2010
Anyone who has ever perused the Guinness Book of World Records knows that there is an entry for just about anything imaginable and plenty more things you just haven't yet wrapped your head around. There is apparently even a land speed record for bank managers. Well, blind bank managers, anyway. Mike Newman failed yesterday to become the first blind person to crest the 200 miles-per-hour barrier when his (unnamed) Nissan failed to accelerate beyond 174 mph. Newman's failed attempt on the UK's Pendine Sands came after his original steed, a 260mph Keating TKR was somehow damaged prior to the race. The Daily Mail reports that there were "hundreds" of spectators on hand to root on Newman in his quest to hit 200 mph.

Blind driving sounds pretty unhinged to us, but this competition isn't anything new. Newman himself was at one time the unsighted speed champ, as the man from Manchester hit 182 mph in a BMW M5. Blind Turkish pop singer Metin Senturk later broke the record by taking a Ferrari F430 to 183mph. In this case, Newman made his attempt on a four-mile stretch of hard-packed beach at Pendine Sands with only a radio link from his father in a helicopter overhead to guide him.

Sighted or not, reaching speeds of 174 mph is an experience most will never get to experience. But if you ask us, that's not even Newman's most impressive feat by a long shot. The bank manager currently holds the record for the fastest motorcycle time by a blind person for hitting 89mph on a 1,000cc Aprilia Falco. Now that's either gutsy or completely crazy – probably a mixture of both, and that's something we can get behind.

Newman has vowed to fix the Keating for a second attempt which could come later this month. In the meantime, you can learn more about Mike and his remarkable quest by checking out the video after the jump, or by checking out his Speed of Sight website, which includes details on how he raises money for Vision and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

[Sources: Daily Mail; Speed of Sight; YouTube]




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      • 4 Years Ago
      He may not have sight in his eyes, but his other senses must be crazy good, even to drive in the 170s. I'm sure he'll get there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        so he can smell when his clutch is on fire?
      • 4 Years Ago
      According to the gallery of this website, the Nissan in question is a GT-R.
      http://www.speedofsight.co.uk/media_gallery.asp
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do his vehicles have giant curb feelers?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Three thoughts come to mind:

      1. The dog better be able to drive.

      2. The dog better wear a diaper.

      3. The dog better not stick his head out the window.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just put him in a wind tunnel with an engine soundtrack and tell him he's in a Bentley Supsersports Convertible GTC. Limited to 194 with the top down, yes I know.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or put him on rollercoater with fake steering wheel and pedals. And tell him the brakes have failed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Does the guide dog get to go for a ride in the car, too?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's cold....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Driving blind?! Pfft! That's nothing! I regularly hit triple digits while swerving in between traffic simultaneously shifting, texting, messing with the GPS and drinking a hot cup of coffee.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't forget digging around on the floorboard when you drop your phone.