'World's fastest double-amputee' overcomes adversity on NHRA Pro Stock Bike. SONOMA, Calif. - Reggie Showers travels the quarter-mile drag strip at speeds in excess of 180 mph on a motorcycle. He holds 14 world records in elapsed time and speed,...
'World's fastest double-amputee' overcomes adversity on NHRA Pro Stock Bike.
SONOMA, Calif. - Reggie Showers travels the quarter-mile drag strip at speeds in excess of 180 mph on a motorcycle. He holds 14 world records in elapsed time and speed, but his life has been marked by more than just racing achievements. Showers is also a double-amputee who lost both of his legs in a childhood accident.
This setback has only encouraged Showers to use his life as an example for others. When he's not racing his Suzuki on the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle circuit, Showers spends much of his time speaking to students and groups throughout the country and acting as an advocate for the physically challenged. Showers will be at Infineon Raceway for the NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals, Aug. 2-4.
"For me to go out and talk to kids and adults, and for them to get something out of my life story is the best feeling in the world," said Showers, 38. "I use my motorcycle racing as a tool to flood the media and the country with a message about what is possible when you work hard."
Showers' sponsor, Prosthetic Design, Inc., has appropriately nicknamed him the "World's Fastest Amputee," which is a title Showers carries with pride. Showers established his career-best time and speed in 2001, with a run of 7.166 seconds at 190.22 mph. The 2001 season also saw Showers break into the top 10 in the NHRA POWERade Series points standings for the first time. At press time, he sat in seventh place in points, still searching for his first NHRA win.
"I don't look for anybody's pity or sympathy," Showers said. "I'm actually pretty proud of being an amputee and being able to do the things I do."
Showers began racing motorcycles when he was 19, just five years after his accident in which he was electrocuted while playing with friends in an old train-yard. He has continued to progress, completing his first full season on the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle tour in 2000, finishing 11th in points. He placed seventh in 2001. Although he has not yet captured his first NHRA victory, Showers believes that hurdle is on the horizon, and would love for this milestone to come during his first visit to Infineon Raceway.
"I've never been to Infineon Raceway or the Bay Area, and I'm really looking forward to coming out to Sonoma," Showers said. "All of the motorcycle racers are very excited about coming out to the new Infineon and making a great debut in Northern California."