About Me

Nigel Holland

Nigel Holland

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the 50 list website.

I am now in my 50s, having turned that magic number back in December 2012. I am married to Lisa and we have three great children and a dog called Berry.

We live in Wellingborough and have done since we moved up from London in 1999.

  • I have a disability.
  • I use a wheelchair.
  • But I am not disabled!

It’s amazing the amount of people that still like to use that term, ‘disabled’. I believe that everyone on this planet has a disability. It’s just that some are more pronounced than others. If you wear glasses isn’t that a disability? If someone has an earing aid isn’t that a disability?

In the past I have done many crazy and extreme things that I felt I needed to have a go at. I have tried water skiing, gliding, 4×4 off road competitions, abseiling, played drums in a band, raced go-carts and up until the end of 2010 I was competing in the National Drag Racing Championships. I like to do these things because it lets me know that I’m not wasting away my life just sitting in my chair saying ‘I wish I could do that’. I do these things to find out where the limitations are and in fact my limitations aren’t where I thought they were because often or not I surpass them. Then I feel alive!

In 2012 I took part in a track day at Silverstone with my Mazda MX5. It felt great to be out on the track finding the limit of my cars suspension, steering and speed. And that’s what I do find the limit.

On Friday 16th February the BBC’s The One Show run a report on my efforts.

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"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."

T. E. Lawrence