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
I shift my weight, sidecar-style, on the approach to corners. Helps keep the inside wheel down, reckon the veterans. They're wrong: the Ape jauntily cocks its wheel at the first sign of weight transfer.
I pass the pit lane a few times. Not sure how many. As the team boss - Le Patron - it's my job to divvy up the stints. So I do the decent thing and stop for a driver change. Next up, it's Dan, who weighs about three stone. Maybe he can go quicker.
DR (laps 29-40): Until now, my racing career has been limited to the aisles of supermarkets. Over the years, I've rounded a thousand end-of-aisle hairpins, trolley squeaking like a harrowed mouse, castor wheels flopping around all over the place.