“Hammer” breaking down the barriers

Alan BlooreAlan ‘Hammer’ Bloore’s 2013 Maserati GranTurismo is one of the prettiest, and most expensive, cars in Targa High Country this year.

Running in the Sports Trophy competition, Alan and his co-driving son, Baxter, are currently ninth (and last) in their class, but that doesn’t tell anywhere near the full story.

Alan is paralysed from the armpits down, and has movement only in his arms and head. He controls the car via an electronic device that controls the accelerator, while a lever behind the steering wheel operates the brakes.

The hand controller is the only one of its type in the southern hemisphere, and gives Alan only about 4mm of throttle control when the car is up and mobile.

“It’s a great system, but when you’re turning the car and its jumping around over bumps it can be a bit tricky,” Alan says.

“But I’m loving competing in Targa High Country!

“The weather is fantastic, we’re meeting some wonderful people and the roads are great. What else would you want to be doing on a Saturday?”

The Bloore’s entry in the event is one of many family combinations out on the stages, and is further indication that Targa can be enjoyed in many ways and in many cars.

Alan ‘Hammer’ Bloore and son are out there on the roads around Mt Buller living the dream and having a blast. If you see them go by be sure to cheer them on.

Alan Bloore Day 1 action

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