Ford allowed sixty-two-year-old Richard Keeney of Athens, Ga. to take a 2010 Mustang Convertible on a 90 mph, donut-filled joy ride this past May.
Keeney won the chance to drive the Mustang by participating in “The ‘10 Unleashed” promotion, which asked participants to describe their ultimate Mustang dream.
Ford Car Communications Manger Patricia Piedrahita says Keeney’s essay caught Ford’s attention, and they immediately knew he would help them see the Mustang in a whole new light.
After all…Richard Keeney has been blind for the past 20 years.
Ford flew their contest winner down to the Ford Proving Grounds just outside of Arizona, and arranged for former professional racer Tommy Kendall to ride shotgun.
“Tommy said, ‘When you were a teenager, did you ever do donuts?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ So I got it rolling a bit in first gear, cranked it hard to the left and revved it up and popped it and did three donuts before we stopped. When we stopped, we could hear the camera crew cheering from clear across the field. I was in awe of both the car and the experience, it was truly a dream come true.”
“The most life-changing thing you can do for folks with disabilities is put them in a situation that everyone else has told them is impossible. The experience for me in the Mustang with Tommy Kendall next to me and driving that wonderful automobile was really great.” Keeney added.
Click here for more information on Roger Keeney’s 2010 Mustang experience.