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    BLACKOUTS DON'T WORRY DANISH RACING INSTRUCTOR ERIK FAGERDAL. HE HAS THEM TO ORDER -- DRIVING?

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    BLACKOUTS DON'T WORRY DANISH RACING INSTRUCTOR ERIK FAGERDAL. HE HAS THEM TO ORDER -- DRIVING BLINDFOLDED ROUND THE RACING CIRCUIT WHERE HE IS EMPLOYED.

    FAGERDAL'S BIZARRE APPROACH TO MOTOR SPORT STARTED AS A BET. HE CLAIMED THAT HE HAD DRIVEN SO FREQUENTLY ROUND THE CIRCUIT AT JYLLANDS-RINGEN NEAR SILKEBORG, DENMARK, THAT HE COULD DO IT BLINDFOLD.

    A FRIEND ASKED FAGERDAL TO PUT HIS BOAST TO THE TEST. SO THE RACING INSTRUCTOR WRAPPED A BLACK SCARF ROUND HIS HEAD, COMPLETELY COVERING HIS EYES, AND PROCEEDED TO DRIVE SLOWLY ROUND THE TRACK.

    SINCE THEN, 40-YEAR-OLD FAGERDAL HAS MADE A HOBBY OF NEGOTIATING THE CIRCUIT BLINDFOLD, AND HE HAS GRADUALLY INCREASED HIS SPEED WITH EACH LAP UNTIL HE CAN NOW NIP ROUND AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 103 KMS (ABOUT 64 MILES) PER HOUR IN HIS AUSTIN MINI MARK TWO.

    IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE SECRET OF FAGERDAL'S SUCCESS AT DRIVING BLIND RESULTS FROM KEEPING A CAREFUL COUNT OF THE NUMBER OF ASPHALT-COVERED JOINS BETWEEN THE CONCRETE SECTIONS OF THE TRACK.

    BUT THIS DOES NOT MINIMISE HIS ACHIEVEMENT ON A 1,700 METRE (OVER 1,850 YARD) CIRCUIT, WHICH HAS NO LESS THAN II CURVES AND BENDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACN7NKU2C0ZYGTJXW7OAD7YHSU
    Media URN:
    VLVACN7NKU2C0ZYGTJXW7OAD7YHSU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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