I’m not a massive fan of speed record attempts, I appreciate the engineering that goes into the vehicles, but I always thought they were just a bit dull. That’s until I heard of Luc Costermans breaking the world Blind Speed record at an airstrip in France.
The Blind Land Speed record is exactly as it sounds, Luc Costermans is fully blind. His bravery and ability to overcome his disability if only for a few moments, must be comended. But what impresses me most is Costerman’s awesome skills of persuasion, because he achieved the 309kph record in a Lamborghini that was borrowed.
Here in NZ we have so many young men who have their balls busted every time they want to borrow the drab family wagon just to go for a cruise. They can see perfectly and have no chance at exceeding 300kph no matter how hard they might try. So next time any of you young fellas are struggling in your efforts to get some wheels for the night, tell your folks about Mr Costermans and the trusting owner of a Lamborghini supercar.
So how did Costermans avoid steering off the airstrip and destroying his expensive borrowed vehicle, well that’s where the story gets a bit sad. Costerman’s seeing-eye Labrador Millie was harnessed up to run in front of the Lambo, Costermans had a long lead that fed into the car’s cabin. Unfortunately more forward planning was required and Millie could only maintain a speed of 55kph running flat out. Sadly Costermans had to mow her down in his attempt to break the record. Afterwards, despite the tragedy Costermans put on a brave front “I’m very, very happy. It was a team effort.”
Costermans can’t be getting complacent in his triumph. Rival blind speed demon Mike Newman is planning to break Costerman’s new record in a Keating TKR, running an ex-champion greyhound out front.
I don’t know how fast these blind competitors will go, or what exotic cars they will borrow next. However, I do know that speed records have got just a little bit more interesting.
Oh and I was only joking about Millie the seeing-eye dog, Labradors can’t reach 55kph. That’s just stupid.