Ramona Mandy has been severely vision impaired since childhood, but that has not stopped her meeting a major challenge - driving a motor car! "I am writing this letter three hours after I stepped out from behind the steering wheel and I am still grinning from ear to ear," she wrote in a letter to the club.
The occasion was the first Warrandyte Lions Club "In the Driver's Seat" day which allowed over 100 vision impaired people to try their hand at driving a car on the Sandown Motor Circuit. The project was organised by club member Peter Watts who had heard of a similar event in NSW. Heard is the operative word as Peter has become seriously vision impaired himself. He realized he missed the feeling of being behind the wheel and that there would be many others who felt the same and even blind people who had never had the opportunity.
In The Driver's Seat is now an annual event of the club and is assisted by the resources of the Vintage Driver's Club, the Ulysses Motor Cycle Club, and the '49-'59 Ford Customline Car Club. The Melbourne Racing Club provides the venue and independent driving instructors provide the dual controlled cars while the Vintage Driver's Club, the Ulysses Motor Cycle Club and the Ford Customline Car Club make for added thrills on the day.
The event is usually held on a Sunday in March, April or May unless Easter intervenes
or Sandown Park is otherwise unavailable. Transport is provided from the
Sandown Park Railway Station to the registration area and back at no cost.
Free food and soft drink at nominal cost is available during the day. More details can be
obtained from Bill Gerritsen on telephone
03 9434 3270 or by writing to:
|Lions Club of Warrandyte Inc.|
|PO Box 18|
|Warrandyte Vic 3113|
Please note bookings are essential as the event runs to a tight schedule from 9am to 4pm.
|Warrandyte Lions Club|
|State Winner 1997|
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