TG mag races a Piaggio Ape
We go endurance racing in a three-wheeled, rear-wheel drive, bright red Italian design icon
Posted: 28 Aug 2013
OM (laps 13-22): Triumphant blocking is taking place. In the pits. The black Ape 3 followed our mighty scarlet midget in for the driver change, and as the pits are littered with karting paraphernalia, there's no room to pass. I'm push-started out of the pits so fast that I let the clutch out in third gear and hit fourth before yumping across the kerbs.
A twist of the clutch/gearbox assembly down to third gear is what's needed, but something feels terribly wrong. I get second. There's barely even a notch in the twist grip where third should have been. I'm second man in, and the gearbox is toasted.