Photo credit: The Christian Post Meet Richie Parker. If you'd be so kind as to whitelist our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. I don't think anybody wants to sit around and pat me on the back too much. Archie was born in May of 1983 in Effort, South Carolina. One New York Post reporter, frothing at the mouth, badgered me into helping him find girls to interview, then badgered the girls during the interviews. I am not alone on that one, I think. Hendrick Motorsports gave Richie Parker a chance, and it's turned out to be a win-win for the team and for a team engineer who was born without arms.
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That's always been our attitude. We notice you're using an ad blocker. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog - and keep our stories free for you and for everyone. He just worked with his feet instead of his hands. It takes a while for people to wrap their minds around his way of doing things. He's probably one of the hardest workers on our complex, puts in more hours than anybody. Give her iced chai lattes, cheese and Netflix so she knows it's real.
He can ride a bike, open the fridge and microwave on his own, use a computer and drive a car with his feet — virtually everything we can do and take for granted Richie can do with a bit of determination and creativity. In the meantime, though, the high-achieving engineer said he is always looking to achieve even more. Parker works at the team's North Carolina race shop. His keyboard and mouse are literally situated under his desk. How he does his design work. Richie's parent's efforts, including designing a way for him to independently ride a bicycle infused him with a sense of independence that inspired him to start focusing on cars as he grew up. You expect the best of all situations.
Parker cheers for company drivers, if in a little different way. Reporter: It meant engineering solutions. And it isn't an easy job, he explained. He is able to drive classic and other cars with his feet and a special setup. Unlike the average person Archie does all of this with no arms. God gave Richie Parker a mind.
He designs some of the tools he uses to get by without the use of arms. With the right attitude, Parker believes anyone can. Richie was born with bilateral amelia, a non-genetic birth defect in which limbs aren't formed. That's how I approach my job every day -- just do my part. The exact text will differ depending on the actual application you have running. Then somebody showed Parker how to weld -- and he mastered it.
How would he do just the normal day-to-day things? The 1964 Chevy that Richie has owned for the past 15 years is one he even had to convince its previous owners to sell to him. Write it down, using or create your own worksheet. Richie Parker overcame being born without arms to become a chassis and body component designer for Hendrick Motorsports. Born without arms, he and his parents did not let this stop him from having a normal childhood. Eight years later he is still hurdling over everyday obstacles but has worked his way up the chain at Hendricks and is now also serving as a chassis and body component designer.
After about five minutes it was 'when can I take my kid home? Washing the car, fixing the exhaust, and everything else that goes with owning a classic, Parker does himself. There is not a whole lot that is going to stand in my way. How would he open doors. For any engineer interested in race car driving, this is the premiere place to work and Richie has been there for eight years now…as an vehicle engineer. Still, many at his Hendrick family are closer to Parker than members of his actual family.