Wheelchair-user Steve Tarrant, 55 from Kings Stag in Dorset, has achieved an international marshalling award for his 30-years of endurance motorsport officiating made possible by ownership of an orange racing style TGA Vita mobility scooter.
Steve was involved in a highly publicised accident in 2000 when an F1 racing car collided with him at over 100mph whilst he was marshalling on the finish line at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Steve lost a leg and suffered multiple injuries however he managed to miraculously pull through this terrible accident and has since continued to marshal internationally at events such as the Le Mans 24 Hours. In addition to his motorsport commitments, Steve has been a medal bearer at the Olympics and Paralympics and received a Big Society Award from David Cameron. He owns a TGA Vita 4 to remain mobile at various motorsport events and has attempted two world records on a Breeze mobility scooter with the support of TGA.
Steve marshalled at the 2015 Le Mans using his Vita 4 and supported the pit lane safety crew. The President of the race organisers, Automobile Club de l'Ouest, invited him to attend the official pre-race evening reception where Steve received a special award. This award recognised Steve's dedication and commitment to marshalling over the past 30 years despite his ongoing mobility challenges. Steve said: "I was delighted to receive this award from Jean Todt, President, Fdration Internationale de l'Automobile and Pierre Fillon, President, Automobile Club de l'Ouest. This was an honour I was certainly not expecting! What made this event even more special for my wife and I was that the dinner was literally held on the racetrack, a special pavilion having been built across the exit of the Ford Chicane. A truly magical evening."
Steve added: "It was my 15th Le Mans this year, the 12th time as a marshal since first attending in 1983. I have previously been a proud member of the International Marshals Team at poste 106, along the section of track between Arnage Corner and the Porsche Curves. Without my Vita 4 I would not have been able to support this historic race or any of the other motorsport events I marshal at including Goodwood. It fits on the back of my motorhome so I do not have to rely on a manual wheelchair to cover the large areas surrounding the racetracks. I will never tire of experiencing the adrenalin rush associated with motorsport - the challenges, the disappointment of retirement and the euphoria of winning. So will I be back at Le Mans again next year on my TGA Vita 4? You bet - the mistress of Le Mans has already called for my return!"