My Father’s Dream: Blind Mechanic Drives Car for the First Time in His Life

My Father’s Dream: Blind Mechanic Drives Car for the First Time in His Life


Hi, my name is Bart Hickey. I’m 57 years old and I’ve always had a passion for cars. I like cars and like working on them. I’m an auto mechanic. I think my father’s passion comes from my grandfather. He passed when my dad was very young. And he always taught him how to work with his hands. So I think a lot of that is attributed to my grandfather. Passion and feeling, a lot of that is because it excites his senses and, you know, his abilities. He has driven cars too, you know, not very far but, you know, in and out of the shop. He has pulled cars in and out. I always thought it’d be neat to drive. I have imagined driving, it’d be neat to be able to take a car out on the Salt Flats in Utah and just drive without hitting anything. Because there’s nothing in the way out there. We live in Mount Greenwood, which is Southwest Chicago. It’s a very tight-knit community. Very blue-collar, very hardworking people. So obviously, someone like my father – he’s a very good fit for that community. He’s been living there since he was in high school. So, he has been working on cars for a long time there. Today is our annual car show. We have one every year. We have our friends, family, customers out. We always get some new faces, some new cars, so it’s always exciting. My father has always loved cars. He’s always had that passion. Just the touch, the smell, the feel of them. So he’s always loved them. But he’s never been able to drive a car and get that real experience. Today is definitely a way to say “thank you” to my father. If there’s anyone who’s that deserving, it’s him. This is the number one thing on his bucket list. I think he is definitely going to be smiling and excited and just really surprised. In the past five years, trying to get this project done, Here’s a card. Open it, open it up. It’s been many nights staying up late, writing out emails, writing letters to different companies and just trying to get someone’s attention to possibly give us this opportunity. I need my daughter to help me. I can’t read Braille very well. Dear Bart, we heard about your lifelong dream of driving all by yourself. And we are more than happy to make this happen. It would be you in this beautiful car in the endless desert of Alvord Lake, Oregon. No boundaries, no speed limits, even better than the German Autobahn. I don’t know about that! Are you up for a ride? Your fans at Mercedes-Benz – no shit! – and your loving son Brendan. My father has been blind since birth, but nevertheless he has always been a huge car guy. Just a total petrol head. And that is obviously why he became a mechanic. He just loves cars and everything about them. Open the hood! Oh, it is right here. I didn’t see it! This is the handcrafted placard. Wow! Oh my gosh! Wow! I see where you’re gonna be driving, man. The thing goes on forever. I thought it was going to be a lot softer. Get a feel for this: So that’s the silt that’s breaking down on the tyres. The relationship between me and my father is definitely unique. You see any people out here? Not really. How quiet it is out here. Very quiet out here. We’re definitely very close. I kind of have more of a friendship with him than some of my friends and their fathers have. What do you think? Do you like it? It’s great! Should be good! You got dirt all over you. Watch yourself. It’s a tight squeeze. Let’s do it. Fits like a glove in there. A little bit more towards me, right, you’ll feel: here’s our gear shifter. Okay. Alright? So that’s what’s gonna put us into drive. Then you’ll notice a small button. You feel the ridges on the edge of this? Alright, so if you rotate that, yeah, just go ahead and rotate it back and forth, that’s gonna change our drive modes. Alright, and then I know you’ve already noticed these before, you got some paddle shifters there at your fingertips. So your left one’s gonna shift you down and your right one’s gonna shift you up. Those are a ton of fun to play with. So, what questions do you have for me? Nothing. When can we start? Let’s go! Let’s do it! Alright! Okay, guys! Alright. Are we ready? Just go straight. Just keep it straight
for now. Go. One more. More. Keep going. Keep easing into it. Now, it’s definitely cool. Yes, this is awesome! You’re driving a car! They got a drone out in front of us right now. Nice! This is crazy. How does it feel, guys? Great! Guys, it’s awesome! Yes. You can have fun and just go. Go! How fast are we going? We are going 90. Keep going, keep going. How fast? 90. Keep going! 109, 110. You’re going 110 miles an hour, dude! Guys, this is awesome! What Brendan did for me, to realize my dream of being able to take a car out and drive it – it was awesome. I mean, he talked to people and got things going and here we are.

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  2. I'm not really a crying type of man but this father and son story by MB got me teared up. Great thing you did young man and Mercedes Benz. Awesome.

  3. Blind since birth and became an auto mechanic. Yet you have people out there without jobs collecting welfare checks because they're to lazy to get up and go find one. Incredible person.

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    I just paid respect to mercedes and the son whos giving the Father a rly cool gift… Big heart to him <<<333

  5. This only showed up in my feed because the gta online weekly car you can win was this very car so i searched it up to see the real version of it in google pics. And an hour later it shows up in my YouTube recommended… Damm stalkers.. Im glad i saw this video tho

  6. this is hands down the coolest thing i’ve ever seen done for someone. props to mercedes for giving him this amazing opportunity to do what he always wanted. this made my day and everyone else’s.

  7. If that doesn’t make you tear up or hit you in the heart you must not be human or a car enthusiast…. I’m sure even this can make a Democrat teary eyed … except for the clintons

  8. this was just awesome not only as a car enthusiast but also as a human! i see people saying "oH dIslIkeS fRoM BMW AnD Audi fAnboYS", a human simply cant dislike this! thanks for Mercedes and people who made this happen!

  9. He is one of the best mechanics to ever live , to see by touch , to actually listen to a car and know by heart , that beats anything I've experienced in the industry , I have the up most respect for you my friend

  10. How can people dislike this video.
    This is so beautiful to see how a dream is gonna comes true!

    Mercedes is the best of the best

  11. I started crying when his son said ’go.’ We are not just buying cars, but also stories, and this is definitely a good story. As an owner and a loyal customer, Mercedes is the brand I’m truly proud of! The Best or Nothing!

  12. Immense, immense respect for this Son. Thanks AMG. I liked you guys a lot already, and today you made me a lifelong fan. I may or may not buy an AMG, but you will remain my favorite forever.

  13. Wow! This is why I only buy Mercedes. So incredible that they put Bart’s address at the end and said to stop by. This man is a blessing and we should all shake his hand. Thanks to everybody involved.

  14. Daaim I Just Cried … , Soo Happy He Could Drive ! And I Thank AMG for This Amazing Video!
    A Proud AMG G Class Owner From Dubai ♥️

  15. Petrolhead. It is not Important are you 2 or 102. It is only important that smell petrol and strong sound of engine. 🙂

  16. I was always wondering why this popped up on my recommended from time to time. I thought I’d finally give it a watch, and I’m not disappointed

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