A man who lost his eyesight six years ago has broken the world blind land speed record.
Mr Baxter broke the record to raise funds for St Dunstan's
Billy "the Whizz" Baxter rode a motorbike down the runway at Boscombe Down airfield in Wiltshire at an average speed of 165mph.
Mr Baxter, from Ely in Cambridgshire, rode solo on an unmodified, high-performance Kawasaki
Ninja ZX-12R on Saturday afternoon, in aid of the St Dunstan's Blind Ambition Campaign.
The group provides rehabilitation, training and lifelong care for blind
ex-Service men and women.
Mr Baxter was a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Horse Artillery for 20
years, before losing his sight while serving in Bosnia in 1997.
Shortly after he returned home, he was diagnosed with a rare eye
disease and is now totally blind.
To achieve the solo record attempt, two ghost riders rode alongside Mr Baxter, giving him directions through a three-way
voice-activated communications system.
After the record-breaking run, Mr Baxter said: "It's brilliant it's an amazing feeling, it still hasn't sunk in yet."
He went on to praise St Dunstan's, saying: "They have injected the life back into me and my family."
His wife, Karen Baxter said: "It's brilliant, fantastic, he'll be really chuffed with himself."
Mr Baxter beat the previous world record by 24mph.