Using a wheelchair doesn’t necessarily mean an end to a previously active life, something Steve Tarrant from King’s Stag in Dorset, would heartily agree with.
Steve was marshalling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2000 when a Formula One racing car hit him as he stood near the finishing line. The 100mph crash killed the driver of the Lotus, as well as another marshal and left Steve fighting for his life with multiple serious injuries.
After spending five days in intensive care and months of intensive physiotherapy, Steve returned to motorsport less than a year after the accident.
Since then he has marshalled at a number of high-profile events, propelling himself to his marshal’s post first in a manual wheelchair and later on a TGA Vita 4 mobility scooter.
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Record breaking charity feats
Despite marshalling at up to 40 events a year, Steve found time to set two new World Records to raise money for charity, the latest of which was travelling 190 miles in 24-hours on a mobility scooter in 2014.
He was also a medal bearer at the Olympics and Paralympics and is a motivational speaker on motorsport and disability.
Steve’s energy and enthusiasm in carrying out his voluntary and charity work was recognized with a Big Society Award presented to him by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, in 2012.
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Commitment despite mobility challenges
Steve also was the recipient of a surprise award at last year’s Le Mans race, given to him for his dedication and commitment to marshalling over the past 30 years despite his ongoing mobility challenges. Steve said of the award: “I was delighted to receive this award. This was an honour I was certainly not expecting!”
He added: “It was my 15th Le Mans this year, the 12th time as a marshal since first attending in 1983. I have previously been a proud member of the International Marshals’ Team at poste 106, along the section of track between Arnage Corner and the Porsche Curves.
"Without my Vita 4 I would not have been able to support this historic race or any of the other motorsport events I marshal at including Goodwood.
“I will never tire of experiencing the adrenalin rush associated with motorsport – the challenges, the disappointment of retirement and the euphoria of winning. So will I be back at Le Mans again next year? You bet!”
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