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
And then worse. Looking down to see what's gone wrong, I run wide and Ape 3 snaffles past. I gain yards on him through the trickiest turn on the track and in the glory spot, right in front of the pits, I send our Ape down the inside. The crowd goes wild. One of my mirrors flips in, but my hand won't fit through the mesh to push it back into place and I can't shake black 3, who pounces, and this time he's too canny for me. I trail him so closely, my knees seem to be pushing him along, but I'm denied my revenge. The team calls me in next lap.
CT (laps 23-28): This is proper racing. And I'm doing it while sat bolt upright in a comedy van that just won't keep its wheels on the ground. I start to think about technique, and while doing so, miss third gear at the most crucial point on the track - the slow exit into the back straight.