In Bonneville, Dan Parker is making history by being the 1st ever blind person to race a motorcycle on the Salts of Utah. 43-year old Parker, a race car pilot, lost his sight 17 months ago in an accident. With no intention to go faster than other participants, he spent last weekend getting a feel of the salts, riding his 3-wheeler motorcycle on a separate track.
Before arriving in Bonneville, Parker did some training on an airport runway, testing his equipment and instructions he receives through his helmet from his supporting crew.
His No. 214 racing motorcycle was almost entirely built by himself. On it, a GPS and a tiny computer linked to his assistance team and receiving instructions while collecting all parameters of each run. To follow the track, Dan Parker steers by sounds coming from his helmet earphones. Sound gets louder if deviation from track centerline increases.
Parker’s racing efforts in Bonneville are sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind. During the weekend he completed tests on the track, reaching speeds of 35/40 mph. Then, like it is done for all participants, he had his motorcycle inspected by the AMA officials to be authorized to race on Monday morning. A first historic record during the 2013 Bonneville BUB Trials.