DRIFTING ALONG: Kai Leask cruising.
DRIFTING ALONG: Kai Leask cruising.

Gladstone hills perfect for growing drift trike scene

THE drift trikes scene is building momentum as thrillseekers take advantage of Gladstone's many hills.

Gladstone Region Drift Trikes is one group of riders seen bombing down Radar Hill.

Member Kai Leask was the first to master a 360-degree spin.

"I got a trike two years ago with my cousin and then I told Sam Wright to get one," he said.

"We rode around in Tannum one day and that made Alex Fleming buy one."

Sam has broken his wrist and was known for coming off his trike.

"I came off a bit before I bought better wheels," he said.

"It gives you a fair bit of adrenalin and Gladstone has decent hills for it all over town."

Sam Wright sliding backwards.
Sam Wright sliding backwards. Campbell Gellie

Alex said the worst part of the sport was having to walk up the hills to start the run.

"We are waiting for someone to get their licence," he said.

"Then we could throw them in the back of a ute and drive up hills and it wouldn't be so sweaty."

Tony Bryce saw trike drifting on YouTube and is making one with a go-kart engine.

"Because it's powered you can drift up and down hills," he said.

"I won't be able to use it on the road.

"We will build it and then find out where we can ride it."

Part of the appeal for Tony is being able to make something different and fun.

"I've purchased a front wheel for it. We will run a go-kart rear axle and assembly," he said.

"My wife thinks I'm a loony but she knows I have to have a project."

Gladstone Bicycle Centre has reportedly had four people come in looking for help to build a trike.

Alex Fleming walking back up Radar Hill.
Alex Fleming walking back up Radar Hill.


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