Ex Para-trooper given new lease of life after watching TGA scooter win on BBC Top Gear
Inspired to freedom by BBC Top Gear and TGA!: William Johnson from Farnborough on his new TGA Vita Sport with his wife Katy
BBC Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond powers ahead on a highly customised TGA Supersport during the extreme mobility scooter challenge broadcast on 29 February 2012
Tuesday, 24th April, 2012
William Johnson, 40 from Farnborough, has just experienced a new lease of life after being medically discharged from the Army thanks to a funky Vita 4 mobility scooter, which he was first introduced to whilst watching a TGA scooter win an extreme challenge on BBC Top Gear in February.
William served in the Parachute Regiment for three years and was involved with frontline action aboard however he had to leave the Armed Forces due to a brain tumour. Previously he had always enjoyed an active and dynamic lifestyle with a love for outdoor activities but his condition led to difficulties in remaining mobile and being able to drive. Spending so much time confined at home made life difficult for William as his wife Katy explains: "As I work full time as a Speech and Language Therapist at the Royal Surrey Hospital, it has been difficult for me to drive William around in the week so he could enjoy time away from home. We really needed to discover a way of making sure William could go about his daily life independently even though he now lives with restricted mobility. It was only when he saw a 'cool' and rugged TGA mobility scooter on BBC Top Gear that William decided this was the answer. He had always considered them to be for more mature people and didn't realise their amazing capabilities these days."
Approximately 8 million TV viewers tuned in to watch this Top Gear episode in February, which involved a dramatic race between two teams up a rugged mountain on the Glanusk Estate in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. Three disabled war veterans in association with the charity Help for Heroes competed against the BBC Top Gear presenters who rode radically customised second hand scooters. Nick Gibbons rode a TGA Breeze S4 GT scooter on the Help for Heroes team and won the race, which lasted a full day and tested all the machines to the absolute extreme. Even though the luxury TGA Breeze is primarily designed for high street use, it successfully tackled extreme inclines, soggy thick mud and boulder covered tracks. The TV presenter Richard Hammond also drove a TGA based Supersport scooter, which even though lost the race, still managed to complete the course, which is testament to the strength, reliability and stability of TGA products. William watched this enthralling feature and immediately contacted his local TGA mobility specialist to see whether they could help him regain his freedom.
William comments: "After seeing BBC Top Gear my opinion on mobility scooters changed dramatically. The foremost being how robust TGA ones are and the type of terrain they can cover. Secondly, you can have a laugh on one. Thirdly, you can go places where once thought impossible. Although the Vita Sport I now own was not on the show, I felt it would be best for me. Having taken it off-road it has far exceeded the manufacturers claims and I cannot thank TGA enough for helping me change my life for good. Not only can I now venture out alone, Katy and I can once again enjoy walks in the countryside together."
The new TGA Vita Sport that William now owns is unlike any other mobility scooter on the market. Utilising engineering techniques from the motorcycle industry, it incorporate state-of-the art sports styling, a revolutionary rear mono shock absorber, leather bucket seat, alloy wheels, high visibility and tinted LED lights and an advanced LCD tiller control panel. Ideal for owners looking for a less traditional looking scooter, the ergonomic Vita Sport provides comfort for owners weighing up to 159kg (25stone) and delivers a top speed of 12.8km/h (8mph).
Managing Director of TGA, Daniel Stone concludes: "We are delighted to hear that so many less able individuals witnessed our mobility scooter win the extreme challenge on Top Gear and have subsequently purchased one for new found freedom. William is a prime example and we hope he continues to thoroughly enjoy the outdoors in the knowledge he is riding one of the most reliable and safe scooters available today. When you consider how well our scooters performed on Top Gear against specialist off-road machines, end users like William can rest assured they own a very robust and reliable scooter that will always deliver carefree mobility."