Video: Blind Turkish pop star sets world record with a Ferrari F430
Metin Senturk is a pretty popular man in his homeland of Turkey. As one of the country’s pre-eminent pop stars, Sentruk draws quite a big following. What makes Sentruk such a special figure, though, is not because he can belt out a wide range of songs, but because he’s actually blind.
If you’re one to feel sorry for the man, don’t be. Despite not being given the gift of sight, Sentruk is making the most of his life in more ways than one and not just by selling millions of albums in Turkey. Here’s the thing: despite being blind, Sentruk has an underlying affinity for cars – and fast ones at that.
Recently, the blind Turkish pop star drove – yeah, he drives! – his 600-horsepower Ferrari F430 at a runway of an airport in Urfa, Turkey. Except for a few minor tips from rally driver Volkan Isik, Sentruk singlehandedly blasted the F430 reaching speeds in excess of 181.44 miles per hour. This huge feat allowed him to set a world-record for the fastest speed achieved by an unaccompanied blind person, breaking the previous record held by Mike Newman’s 176.47 mph top speed.
It goes without saying that Metin Sentruk is a hero, not just to the visually-impaired, but for those with disabilities everywhere. Sentruk showed that despite not being able to see, it didn’t stop him from achieving something even the most hardened of car nuts wouldn’t dare to do.
We toast to you, Mr. Metin Sentruk. Job well done, sir!