The country and province where I live isn’t known for building cars; Canada as a whole is known to build all sorts of vehicles for other manufacturers (Ford, GM, Honda, etc.), but there hasn’t been a major Canadian car manufacturer in … well, ever. Not really. So we take our good news where we can get them, and while Campagna’s not major, by any stretch, they do make really nice, really fast nimble little vehicles that fall between car and motorcycle, in many ways with the good qualities of both. Designed by Paul Deutschman, the 1996 Campagna T-Rex was an absolute revelation. Officially a trike, but a motorcycle on the books, it requires a helmet to drive – at least here. It’s configuration allows the T-Rex to handle like it’s on rails, it is insanely fast and offers a sitting driving position with the convenience of a roll-cage, which most motorcycles don’t have.
Often called a street-legal Formula One car, the T-Rex delivers where it counts. Since it gets its engine and transmission (as well as many other parts) from a stripped motorcycle, the engines have changed over the years. Currently, the fastest model available is the 14RR, with 197 horsepower four-cylinder engine, can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 miles per hour, all with track-worthy handling.
The Campagna T-Rex is not made for all weathers, and at this time can’t be exported to Europe. Let me be clear: this is not the ideal winter car. But if you want to have fun a beautiful Sunday afternoon, then you could certainly do worse than a T-Rex!