Monday, December 9, 2013

CFD K-9 Investigation Unit

I finished off a project for the Calgary Fire Department K-9 Investigation Unit that I was commissioned to design and fabricate. It's a kind of carousel that will hold samples of 'accelerants' to help in specific training tactics. It was to be lightweight, rotate easily and collapse for transport. Below is a pic of what I created. Also, you can check out a link to the Global News of it in action here:


Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's Official!

It all comes down to this, an AMA Land Speed certificate! Hard work, late nights, money, help from friends and family and sponsors has paid off with a 125.703 mph record in the books! I feel a slight bit of relief and closure as I reflect back on this summer as the year winds down, and can't help but think how it could have been so different had I just given up, only just a bit. I've learned time and time again, to keep pushing and your efforts will pay off. Now, to get back to work on beating that record next year!!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

TJ's Cycle is now closed.

It's been a week since I set foot in TJ's yard to drop off a bottle of single malt Scotch, a favorite of owner Mark Blundell as I say good bye to him and company. I will truly miss the days I would scour the wrecking yard with my son who was only four on his first trek in search of that one part that would get me ever so closer to finishing my latest custom motorcycle, we would both always come away with something! With the increasing presence of ebay and crappy auction style tv shows that pollute our cable, people think they can get a part cheaper somewhere else. Problem is they forget about the high cost of shipping us Canadians face and secondly, to actually hold the part you need in hand for a few bucks more vs playing Russian Roulette on the same part coming from another country I find ludicrous! TJ's had to deal with all these kinds of losers. Calgary is an expensive place to run and own a small business, this I know all too well! If you find you're one of these people, then you just paid the price of not having Calgary's last and only motorcycle salvage and service shop around. I as well as my son will truly miss those great mornings of wading through the rows of sun soaked bikes.


Monday, November 4, 2013

125.5 MPH....

The title reads the record I set at the 10th BUB Speed Trials this past August 26th. Apologies for not posting any results on this blog sooner, I was using the Trillion Industries Facebook page as it was more convenient at the time. Please check out the link here to find out how I almost didn't make it 30 hours prior to leaving for Bonneville! Also, grab yourself the October issue of Classic Bike magazine! Mark Gardiner wrote a great piece, describing just days before my trek to the Salt Flats.


Thursday, August 15, 2013


A big thanks to Chris Hunter of BIKEEXIF for publishing a great article about Derek and Project Raquel. Not too mention words by our good friend Greg Williams. See the post below:

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Showing The Love

Make sure you all show our sponsors some love. We have had some great companies and personalities partner up with us on this project and we couldn't do what we are doing without the level of support we are getting. Not to mention the people who have been buying the Can's O' Fuel and getting their name on the posters. So check out the links to the right here featuring our partners, we know, trust and regularly work with them. You should too.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Can Of Fuel

If you are interested in supporting the team on the salt in Bonneville and getting down the track then here is your chance. Next time your in at Trillion Industries, throw in your $50 for a can of fuel or race fuel (before August 23rd) to show your backing Derek and the team. We will make sure you get a signed 8x10" metallic print of the bike on the salt as a thank you.

You can use your paypal account here to send $50 for a CAN O' FUEL! to (

Monday, July 22, 2013

Modern Motorcycle Mechanics

Super proud to announce today that Greg Williams and Modern Motorcycle Mechanics is supporting us for this years attempt on the Salt.
Greg Williams (l) and Derek Pauletto (r)
Greg is always a great supporter of what we do and it has been a pleasure knowing him throughout the years. Greg stopped by the shop today for a few minutes to see the bike and what Derek has been up to. Looking forward to sporting our new Nicholson Bros. shirts on the salt. Make sure you check out Greg at the link to the right and show him some love.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

33 And Counting

Thats right racing and motorcycle fans!! 33 days, 19 hours until we leave for Wendover Nevada for this years BUB Speed Trials. We are very excited and stressed obviously as it is coming up fast and we have some major building left to get the bike race-ready.

Some cool news though as far as the technical side goes. We are using a new computer for the bike and the company backing it is proving to make things far easier on us this year. We will be rolling them and our other partners out in the next few weeks as we gear up for the trip.

Another technical aspect to mention is the fact that this year we know we are in a position to benchmark a new record in class and the challenges we had last year of a half-finished bike are behind us. Many aspects where tested last year and we are ready to get down to business and finish out with return runs.

Stay tuned here for news and information how you can help us out and be a part of the history of this project.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gear Up | Calgary Salt Flats Racer

Well it's only February and Derek is already getting geared up for this years BUB Speed Trials at the Bonneville Slat Flats. There is a lot of changes for the bike as last season we learned a lot. Time to establish some records and really make some noise with Raquel. Ask Derek how you can be a part of this years records and please continue to support the great things that are happening at Trillion Industries.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

World Of Wheels | Calgary Customs

Two things!! First of all make sure you get down to the World Of Wheels in Calgary this weekend where Derek will be showing off the LSR Triumph with some new parts and ideas. Derek will be at the Calgary Bonneville Racing group section with all the other Salt fanatics.

And second, I finally had a chance to put together some of the footage I shot last summer at our 2012 record attempt. Some real gems in here, you can see some of the pain we went through yet all the time the guys had good attitudes. And Derek is himself...enjoy