A Most Inspiring Project Log: Blind Man Builds a Yamaha R1-powered Mini

Ten years ago, an accident took away his sight. Now he's making up for lost time. The YamaMini project begins...

2w ago

While browsing r/Cars to pick a fight and scream into the echo chamber like a typical denizen of the web, I found this thread showing Simon, a fully-blinded after an accident, starting up a project of swapping a Yamaha R1's engine into a Mini.

While there's little more than beautiful reactions on the Reddit thread, there is a Pistonheads thread from a friend of Simon's showing some progress since the first video, from the engine build to test-fitting the whole thing into the Mini's engine bay. Simon admits that this is the first time he's worked on an R1 motor, but for a neophyte who's hard of seeing, he's done quite well.

So far, his channel has had just two videos, and other than YouTube and the two forum threads, there's not much more information to glean from this. But it's certainly an interesting project to follow, and there are dozens rooting for him to succeed. I may end up trying to give a go at interviewing the uploader, but first, I'll have to talk to the Discord channel to ensure I'm doing this correctly. I shall update the post accordingly by then.

CORRECTION: Thanks to David Ruston for pointing out that Simon is indeed totally blind, and that he has more videos showing his progress. You can it here, as well as a link to the BlindLeadingTheBlind channel.

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Comments (8)

  • Thank you so much for posting this up!!

    If you want please do contact us at blindleadingtblind@gmail.com we would be more than happy to talk with anyone interested.

    We have a few interview videos planned but due to the new lockdowns we have postponed them

    Simon is quite simply the most inspirational man on this earth.

      12 days ago
    • Thank you for the response! I'll be sure to keep in touch, especially after the project finishes. And yes, kudos to Simon indeed. He's an exemplary man.

        11 days ago
  • Simon is actually fully blind..... some more video’s have been uploaded as his journey to build a R1 powered mini continues.

      12 days ago
  • He’s seems to be a good person. All petrol heads should subscribe to his channel to pay respects to his efforts.👍🏻

      13 days ago
  • That put a smile on my face 🙂,power to him for this project

      11 days ago
  • AWESOME! Someone who didn't give up and keeps fighting for what he wants. Love it. He knows what it takes. What a challenge. He rose and overcame. Major props to Simon.

      11 days ago