Drift-Ability track event removes barriers for people with disabilities

Drift-Ability 2018. Picture: Dan Davey/D1WA
Drift-Ability 2018. Picture: Dan Davey/D1WA

PEOPLE with disabilities will face no barriers experiencing the fast-paced escapade of drifting in Perth’s north this weekend.

Now in its second year, Drift-Ability is a community event for people living with disability, providing them the opportunity to get behind the wheel with some of Perth’s most experienced and exhilarating drift drivers at Barbagallo Raceway.

The December 8 event will allow more than 100 passengers opportunities to take free thrill rides around the Neerabup track.

As well as encouraging equality, inclusion and opportunity, the event will raise funds for Ability Centre, a not-for-profit disability service provider.

Ability Centre CapAbility consultant Gareth Goodway said all funds raised on the day would go towards providing essential supports and services to customers living with autism, physical disabilities and intellectual disabilities.

“Without the support of the support staff, Barbgallo Raceway, WA sporting Car Club and event organisers drift club D1WA, events like this would not be possible,” he said.

“Not only does Drift-Ability offer an incredible day out, there is no cost for those wanting to get behind the wheel – which really does allow anyone to get involved.”

Drift-Ability 2018. Picture: Dan Davey/D1WA

The 2018 event saw 63 people from varying backgrounds get involved, including people living with epilepsy, autism, Down syndrome as well as paraplegics and quadriplegics, and organisers hope to get more people involved this year.

D1WA spokesman Matthew Jenkins said the opportunity to drift on Barbagallo Raceway was really exciting for attendees and a great way for passengers to experience something they had never done before.

“The event is more than just getting into a car; it’s about breaking down barriers and creating a sense of community and inclusion amongst everyone who attends,” he said.

“We are really excited this event is being repeated this year – we really want to raise as much money as possible for Ability Centre, who do so much for the community.”

WA Sporting Car Club committee member Peter Dyball said it was rewarding to “make the track accessible for everyone to enjoy motorsports”.

The event from 9am to 4.30pm on December 8 is open to the public, with registrations essential via the Drift-Ability Facebook page for those wanting to get behind the wheel.

The event will follow the International Day of People with Disability, held today, December 3.

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