Hamilton brothers get ride of their life

Hamish Taylor, 20, left, and Austin Taylor, 17.
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Hamish Taylor, 20, left, and Austin Taylor, 17.

Many men dream to ride around in a fast car, and two Hamilton brothers got to do just that at Hospice Waikato's Race for Life.

Held recently at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Hamish and Austin Taylor got the thrill of riding in a Ferrari. 

"It was pretty wicked," said Hamish, who also took a spin in a Jaguar. "Even hearing the sound of the car was amazing."

He has been in race cars before, he said, but never a helicopter - and that was something he got to tick off his bucket list at Race for Life.

The event allowed nine of Hospice Waikato's palliative care patients, as well as another 70 New Zealanders with life-threatening illnesses, to enjoy and experience rides in a selection of vehicles. 

The boys' mother Sharyn​ said the experience allowed them to get out of their comfort zones and try something new. 

Austin, 17, wasn't too keen on the fast cars at first, but after getting into the passenger seat, he looked like a natural, she said.

The boys' have Duchenne​ muscular dystrophy, a condition that causes muscle weakness. 

They have been involved with Hospice Waikato since 2004, and the palliative care service Rainbow Place. 

Hospice Waikato is the only New Zealand hospice to offer a specialist child-focused service. 

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Children, young people and their families can find care and support throughout difficult times at the centre.

The Taylor brothers have had other exciting experiences, such as meeting Princess Catherine when she visited Rainbow Place three years ago.

Austin has also had a taste of acting, appearing as Timothy Carson on Shortland St in 2008.

He met a lot of "Shortie" stars, including his character's on-screen mother Michelle A'Court​. 

In 2007 the family also went on a trip to Sydney as part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. 

Hamish and Austin's wish was to see the Opera House.

They each have thier own bucket lists and something on Austin's is to meet the comedic 7-Days team.

For Hamish, it's to travel to America and now that he's conquered a helicopter ride, hot air ballooning in California could be an option. 

 - Stuff

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