Local blind man to race in dragster challenge

Nigel Limb is a rebel with a cause. He’s determined to show that losing most of his sight in a motorcycle racing accident in 2015, has not prevented him from living life to the full. And he’s also determined to show that people with sight loss can achieve amazing things.

Nigel became a Wilberforce Trust Ambassador in 2019 and he is taking part in a high-speed challenge to help us raise funds for the Trust’s Mobile Unit. This Unit takes our rehab and support services out to less well served areas of the County and helps people who struggle to reach conventional services.

Nigel is going to be riding the beautiful Suzuki EFE 1229cc dragster bike hand-built by Jim King and owned by Stephen Sharpe who is sadly terminally ill. Stephen has asked Nigel to ride his bike in this challenge so that he can have the pleasure of allowing his pride and joy to be ridden by such an inspirational bike rider.

Since losing his sight, Nigel has made it his mission to get back on a bike and he has been able to return to the Speedway Club he was a loyal member of. This is a new challenge for him and his “never say die” mentality means he is relishing this opportunity.

On the 6th September from 10.30a.m. at the Melbourne Raceway near York run by Staightliners, Nigel will crank this beauty up to its top speed over a 220 yard strip. With little sight to guide him, Nigel will rely on his instincts and experience to bring this to a safe conclusion.

To witness this historic event, spectators can buy a ticket from Straightliners for £12.50 https://straightliners.events/index.php/events/motorcycle-events/melbourne-raceway

To support our Appeal for the Mobile Unit people can donate on our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/blindblokeracing

For quotes, photos and interviews with Nigel please contact Jane Carter on 07730414028 or email j.carter@wilberforcetrust.org.uk