A disabled Reading man says he’s still buzzing from the excitement of being driven around in James Bond’s classic Aston Martin DB5 at a Ford MAGIC sponsored car event in Wiltshire. 37 year old Mark Lewington got up close and personal with the dream car at the Stroke Association’s ‘All Car Day’, which was supported by MAGIC (Mobility and General Information Centre), Ford’s free telephone information service for disabled and mature drivers. Mark, who is a van driver by trade, has Huntington Disease, a degenerative condition that affects the Central Nervous System. He was one of over 2000 motoring enthusiasts to visit the Castle Combe circuit for the ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity of being driven round the track by racing legends, such as Barry ‘Whizzo’ Williams and Simon Taylor.

Mark said: ‘Ever since I was young, I have always been a big fan of fast cars; so when MAGIC asked me If I would like to go, I said yes, immediately. The thrill of speeding around the track in such a beautiful car is something I will never forget.’

A number of Ford vehicles, fitted with special adaptations for disabled drivers were on display for people to see and MAGIC personnel were also on hand to tell visitors about the free motoring and mobility information the service provides.

MAGIC was set up to provide free information on driving with a disability to all disabled people in the UK, regardless of what make of car they drive or want to drive.

To date, over 300,000 people have contacted MAGIC requesting information about a wide range of topics including:

Published : 13/11/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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