Drift triking gets ready to take off
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.