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Horsforth trike rider’s all revved up over new business venture
It started as a mid-life crisis, but now every day is fun for a man who took a leaf out of Billy Connolly’s book.
Jason Richards was so inspired by the comedian’s ‘world tour of England, Wales and Ireland’ on a trike that he went out and bought one of his own.
And now he is happily driving customers around Yorkshire’s highways and byways in a new business venture.
Jason and his wife Judith, both in their 50s and from Horsforth, are running the only company to offer chauffeur-driven trike tours in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The couple have been working with Leeds City Council to be the first to offer tours under a newly- created Novelty Private Hire licence.
Customers of Yorkshire Trike Tours can experience the county as never before on the back of a Boom Trike carrying the Private Hire badge No NV1.
Jason bought a trike back in 2006 after being inspired by Billy Connolly’s adventures – and now he is enjoying the perfect job.
“He had seen Billy Connolly on the television with one of these and decided in a mid-life crisis that he would like one,” Judith said.
After enjoying rides out on the trike for six years and seeing the interest the vehicle generated, the couple decided to launch into business.
“Jason had sold his business last year and was looking for something to do,” Judith said.
“Every time we had gone out on it people would come and chat to us about it and take photographs, so we just thought let’s put the two together.”
Now they are taking guests out into the Dales on a £30,000 Boom Mustang which was hand-built in Germany. One of their tours traces the route of day one of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart planned for next year.
Customers so far include a groom and best man on their way to the wedding.
The couple believe triking is like no other experience – offering the freedom and exhilaration of a motorcycle with the safety and comfort of a car.
“A car is like a metal box, so you are driving through the Yorkshire Dales and seeing everything,” Judith said. “The difference is that on the trike you are experiencing it. You can smell the smells and hear the noises. You feel like you are part of the environment.”
“It’s a really positive experience and people come away with a smile. They’re happy, he’s happy, so it’s win, win.”
Visit yorkshiretriketours.co.uk for further information.