Introducing the Newest Vehicle in Damage Prevention: The 811 Trike
By: Lareina Taing, Marketing Communications Specialist
The newest vehicle in damage prevention is here! One Call Concepts, Inc. (OCC) and One Call Concepts Locating Services (OCCLS) is pleased to announce the release of a new icon for damage prevention: the 811 Trike. Built by Paul Jr. Designs (PJD) as the third OCC-commissioned 811 vehicle, the 811 Trike was unveiled on April 25th, 2018 at the OCC Corporate/ OCCLS office in Hanover, MD. In agreement with the Discovery Channel, the hit show “American Chopper” aired an episode on June 25th, 2018 showcasing the design, construction, and unveil of the new 811 vehicle.
Details of the 811 Trike’s construction were kept under wraps, since the project began in February 2018. Some readers may have seen Paul Jr. announce plans for the new vehicle at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Excavation Safety Conference & Expo.
Hundreds of people attended the highly-anticipated unveiling in Maryland. Dan Florenzo, OCC President, made opening remarks. In recognition of Locator Safety Awareness Week, the OCCLS crew performed a brief locating demonstration. Jim Holzer, OCC Director of Marketing, was the official event emcee. Special guests included Sara Magruder Lyle, CGA President, and Ron Peterson, Executive Director of the National Utility Locating Contractors Association (NULCA).
Jimmy Jennings, guardian and protector of the 811 vehicles, led the introduction of the vehicles by rolling up astride the 811 Bike, followed by OCC CEO Tom Hoff’s grandkids driving the 811 Car, concluding with Paul Jr. himself piloting the new 811 Trike. Spectacular fireworks, smoke, and a laser lightshow highlighted each of the three vehicles as they approached the tent. Paul Jr. and Tom Hoff spoke to the crowd about the highlights of the Trike, and before we knew it, the evening was finished. Since I was on the scene with the OCC Creative Team in 2016 for the unveiling of the 811 Car, I was curious to see what route Paul Jr. would take with the third 811 vehicle. The finished product was incredible!
The 811 Trike is a specially customized three-wheeled bike, built with a high-performance Ultima Long Rod 140 Engine with 160 horsepower and 175 lbs-ft of torque. The engine has heavy duty C355 castings and dynamic balanced press pin crank shafts with eight rods to increase performance. Paul Jr. incorporated similar symbols from the excavation industry into the design of the 811 Car, Bike, and Trike to make them thematically similar: backhoe buckets, digging tools, and an 811 logo can be seen in all three. A new unique feature on the Trike are the APWA color-coded mechanized cords running through the vehicle that represent the five (out of eight) main utility colors: yellow, green, orange, red, and blue. Paul Jr. fans will probably be as impressed as I was to see the two 360 spoke rear wheels that are, according to him, “…the only ones in the world. It’s never been done before.”
Like Tom said in Ocean City, MD seven years ago during the 811 Bike unveiling, he exclaimed, “How cool is this?”, when referencing the Trike unveil. Tom added, “Paul Jr. hit it out of the ballpark.” Dan commented, “I agree with Tom…I could not anticipate how (Paul Jr.) could’ve designed something better than the original Bike, but he did.”
Current plans call for the 811 Bike and Trike to travel the nation together continuing the Bike and Car’s tradition of teaching new audiences about the importance of underground safety and damage prevention. Watch for a Trike appearance near you in 2018, and follow the 811 vehicles on Facebook on the page “811 On The Road” for more information, photos, videos, and giveaways!