Alex Tait, 16 from Sheffield who lives with a hereditary muscle wasting condition, is an inspirational young racing driver who has been appointed as Ambassador for ‘The Mobility Roadshow & Get Going Live!’ event (25-27th June, Donington Park, Derby).
The Mobility Roadshow is the original, hands-on event that showcases the latest mobility products and services to assist consumers with independent living. It also provides a unique opportunity for disabled drivers and passengers to test-drive the latest adapted and accessible cars around the historic Donington Park motorsport circuit. New for 2015, the Mobility Roadshow incorporates Get Going Live! – a sister event that focuses on the needs of young and novice drivers with disabilities. As a young driver with Myotonic Dystrophy, Alex Tait has been given the prestigious role of show Ambassador so that he can champion the event and highlight the benefits of visiting.
Alex, who is studying for his GCSEs at Meadowhead School, is thrilled to be an event Ambassador and is looking forward to attending another Get Going Live! – Alex first attended the charity-run event in 2013 where he discovered the Loughborough Car Club Scholarship and an opening into motorsport.
Alex explains: “I am chuffed to have been given the role of Get Going Live! Ambassador this year, it’s a real honour. Even though I have Myotonic Dystrophy I make sure this doesn’t hold me back. In fact, it drives me to tackle the things I want to do and achieve my goals. At my first visit to Donington to watch the Boss GP when aged 9, I was moved to tears at the sight and sound of classic F1 racing cars. I first experienced driving at the same age when I was given the opportunity to drive a Ferrari 360. I found a booster seat, so that I could reach the pedals, and that was it – I was off. Since then I have been crazy about driving and decided that my future was going to be in motorsport. I attended the 2013 Get Going Live! and everything escalated from there as I subsequently won a disabled driver’s scholarship to compete for a season in Autosolos and Autotests. Then in early 2014, I took my ARDS (racing licence) test and passed. I now race in the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championships with a team called ‘Specialised Motorsport’.”
Alex is in his first full season of racing and aiming for a top five position in the national Rookie Championship. He is also a trained Race Circuit Marshall - which means any weekends not occupied with racing are still spent at the circuit.
Alex concludes: “I will be at Get Going Live! on the opening day and available to chat to all visitors regarding my experiences – it is a show that is very close to my heart. Only by visiting this event have I been able to get to my privileged position in motorsport. The Mobility Roadshow & Get Going Live! illustrates to all people, young and old, that even with a disability, it can be easy to get driving and remain independent with the right specialist products and solutions.”