New association launches at Mobility Roadshow alongside latest innovations for disabled drivers

People with disabilities soon to have easy route to specialist driving lessons

The Association of Disability Driving Instructors is a new organisation being set up to address the currently unmet need to provide an easily accessible, comprehensive, regularly updated UK register of driving instructors who have been trained to work with people with disabilities.

ImageTo be launched at this year’s Mobility Roadshow that takes place at the Telford International Centre on 27-29 June, the initiative is in partnership with the Forum of Mobility Centres to provide an on-line ‘one-stop shop’ to help people with physical disability, special educational needs or with hearing difficulties to get impartial advice about learning to drive

New models on Roadshow test drive circuit

Drivers requiring adapted vehicles will have their first opportunity to test drive some of the latest models at this Roadshow. On the test drive track will be the new VW Golf, winner of World Car of the Year in the World Car Awards 2013. Ford will showcase its all-new Kuga and the Ford B-Max will be available to test drive (was static display at the last Roadshow). Other motoring highlights include local Shrewsbury distributor Budgen Motors hosting the first public showing of the new Peugeot 2008.

New caravans and motorhomes are being featured by Coachbuilt, Lewis Reed, and WildAx Motorhomes in partnership with Brook Miller Mobility.

Marking the 30th Anniversary of this popular annual event will be ‘vintage’ models alongside some of the latest available for the mobility sector. Confirmed to date are a 1980 Vauxhall Cavalier MK1 GLS 2000 4-door saloon and 1983 Astra GTE Mk1. Bringing motoring innovation right up-to-date will be the Nissan LEAF® electric car on static display, plus an adapted Mercedes Sprinter from Motability, converted for drive-from-wheelchair capability.

Authentic driving experience is a first

The Mobility Roadshow was the first event to offer opportunities to test drive production model vehicles with a variety of adaptations, enabling people with disabilities the rare opportunity to ‘try before you buy’.

This year, for the first time in the show’s history, test drives will take place on public roads around the venue, offering visitors a more authentic driving experience. With the opportunity to try a wide range of marques and models, including drive-from-wheelchair options, this is an excellent opportunity to compare vehicle handling in real traffic conditions.

A carefully planned route, with set off from and return to the Telford International Centre, has been designed in consultation with experienced instructors, who as always will accompany each driver.

Test drives are open to full licence holders only; however, provisional licence holders will have a chance to try out vehicles for comfort and accessibility and are invited to attend Get Going Live! – an event specifically for novice drivers with disabilities – on Saturday 13th July, details atwww.getgoinglive.co.uk

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A first for the Mobility Roadshow: Test Drives on the Open Road!

This year, for the first time in the show’s history, test drives will take place on public roads around the venue…

The Mobility Roadshow was the first event to offer opportunities to test drive production model vehicles with a variety of adaptations, enabling people with disabilities the rare opportunity to ‘try before you buy’.

Over the past 30 years, thousands of people with disabilities, as well as families and carers, have seized the opportunity to try out a range of vehicle adaptations, brought together for three days on one site. You can take a test drive as a disabled driver or passenger, for whom a safe, comfortable ride is equally important.

This year, for the first time in the show’s history, test drives will take place on public roads around the venue, offering visitors a more authentic driving experience. With the opportunity to try a wide range of marques and models, including drive-from-wheelchair options, this is an excellent opportunity to compare vehicle handling in real traffic conditions.

A carefully planned route, with set off from and return to the Telford International Centre, has been designed in consultation with experienced instructors, who as always will accompany each driver.

You can register in advance for test drives and remember to take your licence on the day.

NOTE: Test drives on the road route at the Mobility Roadshow are open to full licence holders only; however, provisional licence holders are welcome to come and talk to manufacturers and adaptation companies about their needs, and are invited to test drive at Get Going Live! – an event specifically for novice drivers with disabilities – on Saturday 13th July, details at www.getgoinglive.co.uk.or visit the Get Going Live! stand in the Information Village at the Roadshow.

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MEMORIES CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE MOBILITY ROADSHOW….2010 with Sir Stirling Moss

1-3 July – East of England Showground, Peterborough

VIP Guests this year included:

     

  • British motor racing legend, Sir Stirling Moss who opened the event, reviewed many of the new products on display and chatted with visitors.
  • Alastair Hignell, former English Rugby Union international, county cricketer and broadcaster.
  • Ade Adepitan, sports athlete and TV presenter.
  • David Proud, Desperados and EastEnders actor.

Highlight features included:

  • Cyclefest was launched, offering a wide range of cycling options from tiny trikes to companion and wheelchair cycling. This proved to be hugely popular and will continue as a major feature this year.
  • First-time exhibitor, Motivation, launched a new sports wheelchair, designed at the request of the International Paralympic Committee. There were two models: Spin Off for wheelchair basketball and Quick Hit for tennis.
  • Another exhibitor at the Roadshow for the first time, The Mountain Trike Company unveiled a new concept trike, described as a mountain bike for wheelchair users.
  • Nomad Wheelchairs launched a new-concept one-arm drive that, when retrofitted, transformed a wheelchair to an ideal sports chair for one-arm users.
  • This Roadshow opened with the highest number of advance test drive registrations.
  • In the motoring arena there were new models from Citroën UK, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd and Vauxhall Mobility, as well as new conversions from Allied Mobility, Aspect Conversions, Automotive Group, Brook Miller, Brotherwood Automobility, Lewis Reed, PB Conversions and Sirus Automotive. New products were unveiled by Audoadapt UK, Chunc Posture and Mobility, Portaramp UK and Q-Straint

If you were there in 2010, or indeed any other year, we’d love to hear your memories. Enter and you could win an iPad mini (link this to i-pad mini flyer page). Do include a photograph if you can; it doesn’t have to be one taken at the Roadshow.

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MEMORIES CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE MOBILITY ROADSHOW: TGA’s Tim Ross remembers racing against Le Mans 24 hours champion Win Percy…..at Scalextrics!

TGA and our market leading mobility scooters have supported the Mobility Roadshow for over 20 years and enjoyed so many memorable moments.

       

Difficult to highlight one from so many and not forgetting all the end users we have helped at the show, however I guess all the celebrities I have had the privilege of meeting will always bring back special memories. Over the years I have chatted to so many such as The Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Stirling Moss, Sharon Davis, Noel Edmonds, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Simon Weston…..the list goes on. Nevertheless I reckon Scalextric racing with motorsport legend Winston ‘Win’ Percy during the 2004 event will really stick in my memory.

Win was the winner of the Le Mans 24 hours in 1987 and won the British Touring Car Championship three times so I was definitely up against it on our custom built TGA circuit! He was such a great guy to invite onto our stand for the day and was a real pleasure to introduce to our customers. The whole show was a resounding success for us and had a real buzz about the place as ever.

As the Mobility Roadshow is the largest and original consumer mobility show, every year the whole TGA team is able to meet countless end users and help them regain care-free independence. Well done to the Roadshow team for delivering such a unique and special show every year since 1983, Happy Birthday!”

Picture caption:

  1. David Stone, ex-TGA Managing Director, now retired (left), with Motorsport legend Win Percy (centre) and the Mobility Roadshow’s very own Compare, Chrys Goodburn at the 2004 event.
  2. The TGA Scalextrics track was a popular feature at the 2004 Mobility Roadshow
  3. Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager with members of the TGA Mobility Roadshow team in 2005 (right centre)

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MEMORIES CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE MOBILITY ROADSHOW: Emma Bowler remembers her day of ‘lights … camera … action’ in 1999

In 1999 I was asked to film at the Mobility Roadshow in Crowthorne, Berkshire. By far the hardest part was deciding what to include in the film as there was so much on offer and the target length of the film would have been about 5 or 6 minutes!

In 1999 I was asked to film at the Mobility Roadshow in Crowthorne, Berkshire. By far the hardest part was deciding what to include in the film as there was so much on offer and the target length of the film would have been about 5 or 6 minutes!

 

I used to work as an Assistant Producer for the BBC Disability Programmes Unit, directing short films for the BBC 2 series about disability issues – ‘From the Edge’.

In 1999 I was asked to film at the Mobility Roadshow in Crowthorne, Berkshire. By far the hardest part was deciding what to include in the film as there was so much on offer and the target length of the film would have been about 5 or 6 minutes!

On the day we had about 4 hours to film everything in. That might sound like a long time but that included having to navigate round the show to find the things we were going to film, setting up the camera and sound, doing the actual filming and then any retakes.

Mik Scarlet, was our very memorable leather-clad presenter. As a vehicle, motorbike and gadget loving wheelchair user he was like a kid in a sweetshop on the day!

Some of the things we filmed included Mik testing out a double scooter ‘made for two’, a vehicle a bit like a motorbike which you could wheel your wheelchair into the back of [if I remember correctly it was called a Nippa?], he also tried out the Toyota Prius – the first volume produced petrol/electric car which made it’s debut at the show, he wheeled in and out of various wheelchair accessible vehicles and squeezed into a very funky Smart car. He marvelled at the state of the art wheelchairs for children and adults alike, and we all ate ice cream because it was very hot that day.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the day because the atmosphere was so positive. The only frustration for me was that because I was working I didn’t have the time to look at anything [I was dying to try out some of the scooters as I didn’t have one at the time] but I did go back several years later with my children in tow and that time I had a somewhat more leisurely visit, I don’t remember having any ice cream that year – it must have been on a more typical British ‘summer’s’ day…

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Team up with Paralympic athletes at Mobility Roadshow 2103 ‘Sport in Action!’

Team up with Paralympic athletes at Mobility Roadshow Sport in Action

Team up with Paralympic athletes at Mobility Roadshow Sport in Action


12 February 2012
 – Wheelchair basketball is one of the best known and most popular Paralympic sports, played by men, women and children. Visitors to this year’s Mobility Roadshow will have the chance to join in a game with some of the GB wheelchair basketball team. But that is just one of the sports you’ll be able to try.

The Roadshow has partnered with two leading lights in disability sport, to mark this 30th Anniversary event with a celebration of the vast range of sports available to disabled people.

WheelPower, the charity dedicated to transforming lives through sport, will be offering advice on the wide range of sports available, how to get involved, different types of sports wheelchairs and signposting visitors to national and local opportunities.

RGK Wheelchairs, one of the UK’s sports chair specialists, will be hosting the sport in action events – both demonstration and visitor participation – on all three days. Already confirmed are players from both men’s and women’s GB wheelchair basketball teams. The hugely popular ‘shoot to win’ competition for the highest number of ‘baskets’ in 60 seconds will again be a feature, with a daily prize for the winner. Also confirmed are wheelchair rugby league and roller hockey. More will be announced in the weeks ahead – check out www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk for news as it develops. RGK will also be showcasing its latest range of bespoke sports and daily-use chairs.

Mobility Choice would like to thank RGK and WheelPower for their support of the 30th anniversary Mobility Roadshow.

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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS: Memories from Mobility Roadshow 2007 with Vicki Butler-Henderson

Mobility Roadshow 2007

19-21 July – Kemble Airfield, near Cirencester

VIP guests this year included:

  • Vicki Butler-Henderson, Fifth Gear presenter and broadcaster

  • Ade Adepitan, broadcaster and basketball star

  • Polly Vacher, record-holder for smallest aircraft to be flown solo around the world
  • The late Kerry McGregor, songwriter, actress and X-Factor finalist

 

Highlight features included:

  • The UK’s first Winnebago Ability Equipped Motorhome previewed by Nirvana Motorhomes.

  • B&Q chose the Roadshow to launch its Easy Living bathroom collection.

  • BskyB unveiled the UK’s first Easy Grip remote control for digital satellite with larger and bolder graphics for easier button identification
  • In the motoring arena was the first UK showing of the new Citroën C-Crosser 4×4 as well as new Picasso models; the new smart fortwo ahead of national launch; a new Openroad Peugeot Tepee MPV conversion from Constables and from Hill-Grau the first viewing of the Citroën Despatch new Combi with full European type approval.

 

Were you there? If so, we’d love to hear your memories of this event.

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E: memories@mobilityroadshow.co.uk