Drift trik­ing gets ready to take off

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By CHELSEA AR­MITAGE

The shelves bor­der­ing Aaron Povey’s garage cling per­ilously to the walls, bow­ing un­der the weight of tri­cy­cle parts and scat­tered power tools.

The sur­round­ing clut­ter is clearly his nat­u­ral habi­tat – he looks at home as he works tire­lessly on his lat­est project.

When he’s not at his ‘‘real job’’ at the Avon­dale Fire Sta­tion, the 40-year-old builds drift trikes at his New Lynn home.

‘‘Adults don’t like call­ing them tri­cy­cles, so we have to call them trikes,’’ the fa­therof-two says.

The idea be­hind the sport is not the same as the child­hood mem­ory most have of trikes.

The back wheels con­sist of go-kart wheels en­cased in PVC pipes, which means they have no grip, Povey says.

‘‘Ba­si­cally you slide them down big hills and get the back slid­ing out around cor­ners.’’

Madazz Trikes started as a hobby four years ago when Povey began tin­ker­ing with a tri­cy­cle he bought from a lo­cal kid.

He now owns a reg­is­tered busi­ness and has sold more than 20 trikes and hun­dreds of parts to lo­cal DIYers.

His hand-built tri­cy­cles are shipped around the world, from Aus­tralia to as far as Dubai, Italy, Mex­ico and New Cale­do­nia.

The overseas mar­ket is grow­ing and the sport is slowly tak­ing off in New Zealand amongst 18 to 24-yearolds, Povey says. He and his col­league Grant Camp­bell, who ‘‘runs the busi­ness side of things’’, have spon­sored a rider at na­tional events.

Ben White, 22, is the first spon­sored drift triker in New Zealand. He takes part in all ma­jor events in New Zealand, com­ing away with first place at the Grav­ity Fes­ti­val in Ruapehu last month.

‘‘With more pro­mo­tion in a pos­i­tive way, which I’m do­ing, I’m 100 per cent cer­tain it will get big­ger.’’

White says those wor­ried about the dan­ger of the sport need not be – it’s riskier walk­ing across the road.

Povey says: ‘‘In­her­ently it’s quite safe be­cause you’re on three wheels and you’re sit­ting close to the ground.’’

‘‘The cool fac­tor’’ of hav­ing fans from all con­ti­nents is a ma­jor mo­ti­va­tor, he says.

Povey knows the sport is set to grow and hopes it will have its own gov­ern­ing body one day.

‘‘Hope­fully I’ll have an in­flu­ence in where it goes. It’s def­i­nitely got po­ten­tial.’’


Trike builder: Aaron Povey in his shed where the magic hap­pens. Go to auck­land­c­ity har­bournews. co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of drift trik­ing.


Side winder: Ben White, 22, triker at the Grav­ity Fes­ti­val at Mt Ruapehu on March 7 to 9.

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