GROVETON, N.H. — A special appearance by Accessible Racing at the Monster Truck Massacre at Riverside Speedway on Saturday is all about pushing through barriers and putting oneself in the driver’s seat despite a disability.
Named the Hard Luck Tour in honor of his local racing legend father Harold ‘Hard Luck’ Hanaford, Accessible Racing founder Brian Hanaford, of Plymouth, N.H. is on a mission to support disabled U.S. military veterans and other people with disabilities by providing a race car driving experience.
Brian Hanaford created Accessible Racing after experiencing a dark time in his life after suffering significant injury in a car crash. “Everything gets shattered in an instant whether it be a car crash or a combat injury,” he said.
He began to heal and discovered the importance of an attitude change. “By helping others I could take the self-pity away,” he said. “It felt a lot better focusing on someone else.”
Riverside Speedway owners Mike and Richard Humphrey are sharing their track Saturday to help Accessible Racing gain exposure for its behind-the-wheel outreach to people with disabilities along with its VXP II Driving Simulator. The extra attention is expected to be significant since the Groveton stop of the Monster Truck show is the only summer venue in the region that hasn’t canceled events