Your Stories :: Aaron Morgan, Production BMW Driver
“When you’re in a car, your disability almost doesn’t matter, because you’re independent and can enjoy the same level of freedom as everyone else.” -Aaron Morgan, 21, disabled racing driver from Basingstoke.
“From the age of seven, I was passionate about Motocross and competed regularly. Then in April 2006, when I was just 15, an accident left me paraplegic. When I woke up from my coma, one month later, I was very confused as to what had happened, as were many other people because the accident had occurred due to a jump I had performed successfully thousands of times.
“My next thought was that I was lucky to be alive and that I wanted to make the most of my life, grabbing any opportunities that came my way.
“During my ten months recuperating in hospital, I learned to my surprise that disabled drivers can actually obtain a driving licence at the age of sixteen – earlier than able-bodied drivers. The idea of learning to drive was, for me, the best thing since sliced bread. So impatient was I to start learning that I embarked on a series of driving lessons, from hospital, in an adapted car. I’ve never looked back.
“After passing my driving test at the age of 16, at 17 I became the youngest ever disabled person to be awarded a Motor Sport Association National B Racing Licence. Now, at 21, I race a specially adapted vehicle and in 2011 completed my first full season in the GAZ Shocks Production BMW Cup. The only disabled driver in the championship, I became the first disabled driver to ever score points in the championship. I also came 47th out of 74 drivers and have high aspirations for improving this track record in 2012.
“There are certain elements of disabled driving which are still not common knowledge. For instance, many disabled people still do not know they can take their driving test earlier than able-bodied drivers and that they can hire, as well as buy, specially adapted vehicles. Addressing these gaps in public perceptions is going to be an important part of AVH’s ongoing work.
“Driving has a unique way of creating a ‘level playing field’ with other motorists. When you’re in a car, your disability almost doesn’t matter, because you’re independent, and can do the same things as everyone else.
“For me, I’m glad I decided that wheelchair tennis was just not thrilling enough and got back in the driving seat. Thanks to adapted vehicles, I can still pursue the same racing dreams I had when I was seven years old.”
Aaron’s personal experience comes in very useful when advising customers on choosing a specialist adapted rental car, wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) or MPV.