In 1996 after Dying 3 times in the race car, our Founder was pronounced dead and revived three times. Two months later he was admitted to hospital with a paralysis unable to move his arms or legs for 3 months.
Whilst unable to move in his hospital bed, he resigned to the fact that he may never move his legs again. This realisation lead to his need to help others to change motorsport safety forever. Not wanting anyone to go through what he went through, his mind understood what was needed to save lives so every driver was able to walk away, home to their families.
Two months out of hospital Paul cut up the first neck device from a piece of foam with a hacksaw. He then took his idea to a foam company and produced a prototype. He then proceeded to 4 intensive hours of testing at the South Morang Go-kart track.
Karl Hemphill from Hemco Industries whom was the first company in Australia to make seat belts became the first investor of the neck device. This trusting connection developed when Paul was selling Hemco’s seat belts during his racing career.
In 2000, Paul drove from Hemco’s office to Sydney, Australia to meet with Simpson Race Wear, who signed a 50,000 unit order. Unfortunately at the same time Dale Earnhard was in a serious Nascar Race accident in America and passed away. The Hans Device then released their product changing standards from 3.3 SFI approvals to 38.1 SFI. Thus the next day, Approvals on the Hans was made mandatory. By the time our founder arrived back at Hemco Industries the following morning, Karl Hemphill released the news to Paul that their order had been cancelled.