Nick Roberts Global Rally Team sponsored by GTR Lighting

nick roberts rally team

Nick Roberts, driver of car #202 – a 2013 Subaru STi Super Production rally car, has been a member of the GTR Lighting sponsorship family since 2012 – the first year Nick entered rally! Nick Roberts Global Rally Team travels the United States competing in the Rally America Championship. He competes against the clock on closed-off sections of real roads that are usually unpaved and unforgiving. (ie. Gravel logging roads, mountain passes, well groomed forest roads) Events can last several days and cover hundreds of miles through rain, snow, day or night. This extreme test of skill, speed and endurance is what makes rally racing the world’s premiere and most exciting motor sport, one that is quickly growing in North America.

nick roberts rally team

Check out this amazing video to get a feel for who Nick Roberts is and what rally events are.

 

Custom Hot Rod – 1971 Montgomery Ward T555 Trail Master Trike Build

Montgomery Ward T555 Trail Master Three Wheeler Trike

Montgomery Ward T555 Trail Master Three Wheeler Trike

Everybody has probably seen a Montgomery Ward 3 wheeler, but had no idea it was called a T555 (pronounced Tee Five Fifty Five) and also nicknamed the Trail Master. These things can be found at any antique show, your grandpa’s shed buried under old blankets and sawdust, or on your parent’s home videos from the 70’s. These were produced by Montgomery Ward in Omaha, Nebraska in the early 1970’s and were all built by hand. Only a few are left in operation today and from time to time you can find one that was restored and able to be ridden today.

This is what most of these 3 wheeled death traps look like nowadays.

This is what most of these 3 wheeled death traps look like nowadays.

I got a hold of one of these things, found in an older gentleman’s garage – hadn’t been touched in decades, and I fell in love with it! There was just something about the American nostalgia about it, and the cool shape and design, knowing it was hand-built 40 years ago by Montgomery Ward, I just had to have it – and I had to fix it up! Like most vehicles that I own I can’t just leave them stock, I had to customize it and make it mine.

We started with the frame: Moved the seat back 5 inches, and removed the flange in the middle of the frame in front of the seat. We had the whole thing powdercoated a metallic black, and the front fender and foot-wells were coated in Line-x bed coating for durability. The wheels were also taken apart and powdercoated silver to match some other components on the engine.

Next we had a new seat made out of waterproof vinyl by a local upholstery shop, took the engine apart, powdercoated the cover panels and ordered a bunch of new drivetrain parts. We got all new bearings, new brakes (custom made lines), new twist-throttle handlebar grips, a new brake handle, built a custom battery box for a Vision X battery and built a wildly custom intake an exhaust using a K&N filter, and a custom mini-bike style exhaust muffler. Everything got the presidential treatment! No expense was spared, and the whole project probably cost me about $5K with buying the trike, new parts, powdercoating, custom fabricating, and other labor.

We actually found an updated engine from a 1980’s snowblower to use instead of the original one, but it was still the Tecumseh HM80 used to power this American Made beast! The reason for going with the newer engine was not that the original was worn out, but the new one had less antiquated electronics controlling the ignition and came with a built in electric-start for use with a 110v extension cord! We thought about upgrading to a 10hp engine, but thought we should at least keep the engine original-ish.

On the front of the T555 trike we did all kinds of stuff there too. We found some motorcycle handlebar grips that had a really cool Harley/hot rod look to them, pointed on the ends, and an integrated twist-style throttle. Also, we tossed the original two-handle brake levers and installed a brand new single lever brake handle, with all new brake pads, and all new cables which had to be custom made. Also mounted on the handle bar is a Vision X LED Light bar and a dirt-bike style ignition kill switch.

The original headlight on this thing was a 4.5″ round halogen incandescent lamp that was actually routed through the wiring as part of the ignition circuit. We pulled it off and installed a direct replacement (same brand as the original also) JW Speaker brand 6045 LED headlight. JW Speaker still even had the rubber retaining rings in stock to hold it in place so we were even able to use the stock headlight bucket.

 

The finishing touches on this trike was a set of red LED driving lights mounted to the rear of the truck, activated on the same circuit as the headlight. We used a pair of GTR Lighting 7″ long LED Lightning strips because they are super low profile (don’t really even notice them when off), and they are waterproof, and insanely bright!

The World’s Only DOT Approved Street Legal LED Light Bar

JW Speaker DOT Approved LED Light Bar

JW Speaker DOT Approved LED Light Bar

If you’ve been looking for light bars for your vehicle, you’ll see that most all of them are for off-road use only.  The JW Speaker Model 9049-M light bar is the is the first of its kind: it was designed with on road driving as an option. When first released, the 9049 was even labeled as DOT approved. This statement was later retracted as the light bar was said to be three individual lights. In most states, a driver can have at most four driving lights on at a time. The JW Speaker 9049 light bar creates a wide, low, fog light beam pattern unlike off-road light bars. Watch the video below to get a full review of the 9049 light bar.

The GTR Lighting Rally Car at the Ojibwe Rally Event

The GTR Lighting rally car moved up in rank with the Ojibwe Rally event. Nick Roberts, the driver of the GTR Lighting rally car finished first place in the super production class for his first 1st place rank.

Nick Roberts Global Rally Team 1st place Super Production class.

Nick Roberts Global Rally Team 1st place Super Production class.

We got a chance to attend the 2013 Ojibwe Rally Event and it was a blast. The Ojibwe Rally takes place in north central Minnesota and is spread out through the state. The Ojibwe Rally is known for its technical corners and dust. And the dust… was… bad! As a spectator or a driver, the dust was going to give you problems seeing this year. GTR Lighting had a solution for it though! They captured the event from the sky, above the dust ,with a quadcopter setup. A few days after the event GTR Lighting posted this video for the world to see. Nick Roberts Global Rally Team (formerly Nicksquared) took first place in the SP (Super Production) class at Ojibwe Rally. Nick said he always continues to get better but he also had an advantage because he grew up in Minnesota very close to these roads. Nick Roberts Global Rally Team is quickly moving forward and so is their sponsors GTR Lighting! GTR Lighting continues to grow and create new, higher quality products for many versatile applications. They are known for their HID Conversion Kits and their LED Logo Projectors but they are going to be know for a lot more than that.

GTR Lighting Presents Nick Roberts Global Rally Team at Ojibwe Rally 2013

The Revolution is Here!

So, this will be a short post, I just wanted to tell you about a new website called the Headlight Revolution:

The revolution is here!

The revolution is here!

This new website is designed to help people break the chains of conventional and boring halogen lighting and introduce the newest, most powerful, cutting edge lighting options for different applications in the world! If you ever need to find the hottest and wildest new lighting products, they WILL be hosted at the Revolution!

Check it out here:

www.HeadlightRevolution.com

The Headlight Revolution is here!

The Headlight Revolution is here!