Ford recently touched a soft spot in us when they gave a blind man the opportunity to drive a 2010 Ford Mustang after 20 years of visual impairment. Now while that was a heartwarming story of an American automaker making dreams come true, this record setting top speed run is an inspiring tale for disabled people around the world. Mostly because of a blind man in a Black Series at over 200 MPH.
Hein Wagner is a motivational speaker and thrill seaker who is dead set on proving that a handicap is by no means a limiting factor, because just like Roger Keene, this Johannesburg native can’t see. However that hasn’t stopped him from quite a few impressive feats, aside from the cricket championship, Hein has set a few speed record while driving blind. Back in 2005 at just 33 years of age, the inspirational South African got his kicks by piloting a Maserati V8 Grand Sport to 167 MPH 196 km/h raising funds for the, “South African National Council for the Blind” and becoming the first South African to set a World Speed Record in the process.
Wagner’s latest top speed run was in a Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG Black Series , the one with the carbon fiber bodywork and twin turbocharged V12 power plant, if there was ever a machine to set records in, this is it. In order to qualify as an official Guinness World Record the speed must be maintained for at least 1000 meters. Traveling at those kinds of speeds is a challenge for any man or woman, but thankfully Hein has a very good friend and trusting co driver that guides him on his Smokey Nagata like test drives, one Mr. Ray Wakefield from Speedrecord South Africa. The duo reportedly maintained a speed of 322.5 km/h, or 200.392209 MPH, for the required distance at the Upington Airport in South Africa.
SL65 Black Series Video after the jump.