Nathalie McGloin is the only female tetraplegic in the world who races cars.

She is also the only disabled female to hold both a race and rally licence in the UK.

Natalie McGloin remembers nothing of the horrific accident that changed her life.

When she was only 16, McGloin was involved in a car crash which shattered her neck at the C6-C7 vertebrae, leaving her paralyzed from the chest down.
“I don’t actually remember being t old,People always look for that, ‘Oh, how did you take it when you were told? What did they say?’ I don’t remember that conversation.
“I think your brain sometimes has a mechanism of protecting you, but I think I just knew. I think I just knew the fact that I couldn’t feel my body.

In motorsport, there are no separate classes for female nor disabled drivers. This means Nathalie’s main competitors are able-bodied men. She trains and competes at the highest level, and thrives on the adrenaline.

Her car is an adapted Porsche 987 Cayman S, fitted with radial hand controls that she pushes forward to brake, and down to accelerate. It’s a system that allows her to mix the accelerator and throttle for greater car control. The hand controls are mounted to the right of the steering column, leaving her left hand free to steer.


Nathalie races a hand-controlled Cayman S in the Porsche Club Championship and Classic Sports Car Club, competing against able-bodied men. The 2018 season saw her first race win, and 2019 sees her continue to track race and also venture into the exciting world of Rally.


Nathalie is an inspirational speaker, and delivers keynotes at charity and corporate events around the world. She shares her unique and incredible story, encouraging women and disabled people into Motorsports, and empowering audiences to believe that anything is possible.


Nathalie is an inspiration to all who meet her, and as a result has been made the FIA Disability & Accessibility Commission President and ambassador for Wings for Life and Dare To Be Different. She also co-founded Spinal Track, a charity giving track & rally experiences to disabled drivers.