Keeping on Track: Steve Tarrant's Story
Steve uses his wheelchair for much more than just daily independence. Steve started marshalling at motor racing events in 1990 and for 10 years he marshalled around the country including the world-famous Brands Hatch and Silverstone circuits as well as overseas. However, Steve’s life changed for ever while marshalling at the 2000 Goodwood Festival of Speed when along with a fellow marshall he was struck by a historic formula 1 car which had just crossed the finishing line at 140mph.
As a result of the accident, Steve had his right leg amputated above the knee while his left leg, which was badly broken was reconstructed over a 12-month period which involved numerous operations. However, Steve was determined not to let his injuries stop him doing what he loved and just 18 months later he returned to marshalling and since then he has completed 14 Le mans 24-hour races, 5 American le Mans events, 2 British Grand Prix’s as well as every Goodwood Festival of Speed and various other club and hill climb events.
Steve Tarrant has been a loyal Karma Mobility user for over 10 years and in that time, has had several of the company’s wheelchairs. Attending many of these events would not have been possible for Steve without his Karma wheelchair as he explains: “for the first few years after my accident I tried various manual wheelchairs but they were always too heavy for outdoor use so I set about looking to see what else was available. I was looking for a wheelchair which was lightweight, compact and easy to fold and as soon as I found the Karma Mobility models I knew I had found the answer”.
Steve’s purchased his first Karma wheelchair from a mobility shop in Poole in 2007. “At the time, I was living alone and needed a practical lightweight wheelchair which I could fold and open on my own from the car. Coincidently, this coincided with me being chosen to officiate at the 2007 British F1 Grand Prix as the first ever wheelchair bound marshal.
Each Karma wheelchair Steve has had, has lasted about 4 years which is very impressive considering the amount of use they get and they have never let him down. “My first chair and my current model, which is a Ergo 115 have been totally reliable. Despite travelling miles over tarmac and concrete surfaces in the pit lanes and paddocks or rolling over water hoses, electrical cables and the rough terrain often encountered at the campsites I have never had a problem. Not only have I been delighted with the performance of my wheelchairs but also with the level of customer service from Karma Mobility and I would not hesitate in recommending Karma wheelchairs to anyone” concluded Steve.
The S-Ergo 115 self-propel transit wheelchair from Karma Mobility weighs an incredibly light 8.3kg (18lbs) once the wheels and footplates have been removed making it one of the company’s lightest crash tested wheelchairs currently available. The S-Ergo 115 incorporates an Aegis microbe shield seat and back ensuring the user has maximum comfort at all times by increasing the levels of even pressure redistribution while reducing sliding. Increased levels of strength and durability are provided by the frame of the s-Ergo 115 being braced by a system of double cross braces.
As with every wheelchair in the Karma Mobility range, the S-Ergo 115 comes with a comprehensive range of standard features including ergonomic handrims, slowing brakes, quick release wheels, detachable upholstery and the patented Ergo seating. Additional options available include elevating leg rests, stump support, foldable headrest and travel bag. Available in three widths (16”, 18”, 20”), the S-Ergo 115 has a maximum user weight of 115kg.
Supplying the NHS and numerous mobility retailers throughout the UK with its high-quality wheelchairs, Karma Mobility ensures that the outstanding design of every product is extensively tested and evaluated before being placed on the market. All Karma products therefore stand the test of time and prove to be an excellent long-term investment. For more information or to find out your nearest Karma Mobility retailer visit: www.karmamobility.co.uk/where-to-buy or call 0845 630 3436.