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ATW CHICO – 1980s Donegal made all-terrain vehicle - restoration

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Putting the ATW CHICO prototype through stringent German testing (photo John Rogan)  In 1981 a German company, Auto-Montan-Werke (ATW), began producing an all-terrain-vehicle known as the Chico in Buncrana, Co Donegal.   The first 12-18 months was spent altering the Messerschmitt-designed prototype so that it could be mass-produced, primarily as a truck for developing countries.  In the early stages they had planned to employ 250 people with hopes for significant expansion in the future.  One of the finished CHICOs from the Donegal factory (photo John Rogan)  ATW did all the design work on the cab, drop-sides, front and rear linkages, as well as all the component parts.  This was to ensure it could be produced cheaply, efficiently and to be a good quality product.    Nicknamed the “Buncrana Beetle” the vehicle consisted essentially of a cab and a flatbed rear.  These were joined by a bearing in the centre that allowed the front wheels to tilt from side to side without affecting the bac

Irish world leader in specialist boat building to supply vessel to Uruguayan river pilots

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The ‘Belgrano’  Interceptor 48 bound for pilots on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay Cork based Safehaven Marine is most famous for dramatic videos of its boats during stormy weather sea trials.   It’s ‘Interceptor 48’ are in service and have taken on all types of sea conditions around the world.  The newest vessel the ‘Belgrano’ will be used by pilots on the River Plate estuary Montevideo, Uruguay. Safehaven Marine 10,000 sqft factory in Youghal, Co. Cork Safehaven Marine operates from two modern facilities, an R&D unit of 6,000 sqft in Little Island, Cork with the main 10,000 sqft factory in Youghal, Cork.  They employ 30 staff encompassing the full range of boat building skills.  They have full time engineers, electricians, carpenters, shipwrights, metal fabricators and welders working in house.  As well as the Interceptor 48 they design and build a range of catamarans and a military ‘stealth’ vessel. Safehaven Marine Interceptor 48 interior & engines The self-righting Be

Bringing a vintage tricycle back to life & realising a families dream

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Original rust and dirt covered vintage tricycle Jonny Quinn of Back Lane Biking was recently approached by a client about restoring an old child’s tricycle.  What he was presented with was a rust and dirt covered vintage machine.  It was a vintage Phillips ‘Red Knight’ launched just after World War 2 and required major work. Assessing the damage Jonny noted that the bucket at the back had no lid and the front brake was completely seized as was other moving parts.  Jonny Quinn working on a bicycle at Back Lane Cycles he  started last year Jonny started Back Lane Biking only a year ago and he is going non-stop since.  He has been an enthusiastic mountain (MTB) bike rider for many years.  During his MTB escapades he has broken and learned to repair just about every cycle part.  Also after every MTB session he strips his bike down, completely hand cleans every part and reassembles it. He also realised that people hated cleaning their bikes after MTB outings and this meant there was greater

Two friends 'stretch' a Land Rover to accommodate kayaking

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Heavy-duty Land Rover extended for forestry work  Two friends, who are kayaking enthusiasts, bought a 20 year old Land Rover Defender to ‘stretch’ it for forestry work.  The original Land Rover Series range had been launched in April 1948 as a British four-wheel drive off-road vehicle.  By the 1980’s the Series models were being overtaken by the competitors. In response production of the Defender range began in 1983 as the Land Rover 110, a name which reflected the 110-inch (2,800 mm) length of the wheelbase. The 110 was followed by the 90, with 93-inch (2,362 mm) wheelbase and finally the Land Rover 127, with a 127-inch (3,226 mm) wheelbase which was designed to accommodate larger, heavier loads of up to a 1.4 tonnes payload and found use with utility companies, as well as the military.  After a continuous run of 67 years production finally ended on 29 January 2016, after a total of just over two million Land Rover Series and Defender models had been built. 2001 Land Rover high-capaci