Returning to the Road, in Style and With Help NY Times

Oct.2012 3:44am

BRUCE CHARGO conceded that he sometimes drove his 1958 Dodge Power Wagon aggressively.

“Oh yeah,” he said, in a telephone interview. “That’s the whole idea of putting a 375-horse Hemi in there.”

Like many of us, Mr. Chargo, 53, of Clio, Mich., enjoys the feel of a high-performance machine and takes pride in his ability to maneuver it.

Unlike most of us, he doesn’t drive with his hands and feet. Mr. Chargo was paralyzed from the chest down in a childhood swimming accident and consequently needs special controls to drive by using only his arms. His hands, wrists and legs are immobile.

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