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Old 2nd September 2010, 10:29   #16
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I would like to ask forums members if anyone has Archive recording of show on BBC called BBC wheels.I am researching car and driving option for people with disabilities in India and someone suggested there were few episodes where they featured physically challenged drivers.

Any leads will be appreciated.

Thank you.

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I remember the episode you speak of, must've aired 10 years back atleast. I also remember the name of the gent making these conversions on cars in Bombay - his name was Ferdinand Rodrigues/Rodricks if I remember right. I'm afraid that's all I can say - Good luck!
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I remember the episode you speak of, must've aired 10 years back atleast. I also remember the name of the gent making these conversions on cars in Bombay - his name was Ferdinand Rodrigues/Rodricks if I remember right. I'm afraid that's all I can say - Good luck!
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As Viper said, the best person to contact is Ferdi Rodricks. You can reach him on 98201.20556 / 2418.1283. Also check out his website at Welcome to HandicappedPeople.com. His workshop (Mahindra Authorised) is at Parel.

He has a solution for almost every handicap and for each Indian car.

Thanks to the link (Santro Xing Modification for Handicap) posted by GTO!
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My younger sister loved (still loves) to drive! Unfortunately she's got a condition called Fibromyalgia - and she's been fighting with it for the past 4 years now. The use of her left leg is most severely restricted, hence no chance for her to drive a car unless it's an AT. Even so, the pain in her other parts like the right leg dis-encourages me to buy her an AT because there can be situations where hard braking is required.
Having a chauffeur seems the only option here, but as somebody rightfully mentioned in this thread - it's about independence!!
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Well, I dont know much about this, But I do know that there is a Company called Ferro which makes cars for Disabled people. It is run from Milestone motors in Parel.
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hello , Connie also have a look at this link . A scooter's controlls converted for handicaped use ( by me for a friend ) & dont hesitate for asking anything in this subject .

I will be more than happy if I could help here .

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...caped-use.html (Pics, converted Bajaj for handicaped use)

yours Sudarshan

P.S. anyone may copy my Ideas , for helping a handicaped person ( thats the sole intention of diplaying it here )
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Welcome aboard Connie. It's a very interesting study that you'll be conducting. As Rehaan mentioned, please do give us more details of your study. Scope, timelines, expected outcome, use of the study etc.

However, your post made me think. And then I wondered why I had never thought of this topic before. And this is why:

1. I have rarely seen a disabled person driving either a rickshaw (Indian tuk-tuk) or a 4-wheeler. Like blackasta mentioned, most disabled ppl who can afford cars will probably own a chauffeur.

2. I might sound slightly corny but very often family ties are stronger in India than in the West and disabled ppl would probably be chauffeured by their relatives

3. But there are still disabled ppl who do need to drive to earn their daily bread. Many of them modify a Kinetic Honda or other such gearless scooters by adding two wheels at either sides.Now these scooters have all their controls - brakes, accelerator, push-button start - all operable by hand. To understand India, you'll have to realize that 2-wheelers are still the most popular mode of transport for most ppl in B & C-grade town (by a ratio of probably 10:1 - but this is just a guesstimate; though I'll say it's still a conservative estimate). In metros, it's usually the public transport that ppl use.

However, yours is a valid point. What if disabled ppl want to be able to drive & be independent? If you can detail out the scope etc. slightly more, I'm sure we'll be able to research and be able to help you better.

Connie, these should give you an idea:

Google Image Result for http://www.unescap.org/esid/psis/disability/decade/publications/z15002p2/z15002g/z1500203g19.jpg

Google Image Result for http://funniest-place.com/Pics/JetScooter/JetScooter003.jpg

Google Image Result for http://www.scooter-sidecars.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/stealth_raptor_honda.gif

Google Image Result for http://bp2.blogger.com/_YBEtL2E8BTg/R77mPBTCn9I/AAAAAAAAA-E/RB5lwuRd9jw/s800/08-02-22.jpg

Regards.

PS: Will you be coming to India to experience things first-hand?

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Is this thread still alive ? Is Connie still reachable ? I am a disabled driver and I need to get some inputs from you on getting a proper invalid carriage license.
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I am looking for video archives or recording of auto show on BBC India called top gear in 90's does anyone have access to recordings.

It will be very helpful in my research that is driving for physically challenged in India there was a special episode dedicated to such drivers in that show.

Thank you.

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Hello,

I am looking for video archives or recording of auto show on BBC India called top gear in 90's does anyone have access to recordings.

It will be very helpful in my research that is driving for physically challenged in India there was a special episode dedicated to such drivers in that show.

Thank you.

Regards,

Connie
I think you are referring to the Blind Man Rally. It still happens in India. It was a part of the show: Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld. You can find links on YouTube.
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Hello,

I am looking for video archives or recording of auto show on BBC India called top gear in 90's does anyone have access to recordings.

It will be very helpful in my research that is driving for physically challenged in India there was a special episode dedicated to such drivers in that show.

Thank you.

Regards,

Connie
This particular Top Gear Episode was telecast in 1993 or 1994. The CEAT Car Rally for the Blind which is held every year in Madras. Clarkson once drove in it being navigated by a blind person. As usual he was quite caustic about it, but overall a fun episode.
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Just type Clarkson's Motorworld - India in youtube and you'll find the video. Its around the half way mark.
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Thank you gentleman for your replies.

The show I am talking about did not had any British hosts but Indian hosts maybe the show was called "Wheels".

This was not about visually impaired but it featured a lady who was polio afflicted.It was in 90's

Does anyone have leads on that.

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Old 27th August 2012, 10:29   #28
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There is this article on Ferdinand Rodricks. Kudos to the guy

The man who makes cars for the disabled - Rediff.com News
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Hi. I have an acquaintance who is orthopedically challenged with weakness in his legs. He finds it inconvenient to drive the usual cars on road. I think what he needs is an AT with power brakes, power steering and good on road response. Since it seems that no company is making cars for the physically challenged (I tried mailing all companies with no positive response), it seems that this is the best bet that he has. Due to his weakness public transport is ruled out. He has to drive around 600 km per month. All suggestions are welcome.
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One but in Chennai - Link

Two - Link

They may not be close to you, but I am sure they will know someone around you.
Hope this helps, I knew of another one, just cant recollect right now, I will post more when I remember.
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