TONKA GOES EXTREME
The Tonka toy brand has changed with the times.
Instead of only making tough tractor toys like in the past,
the company has expanded their line to include Trophy
Trucks, buggies and military machines. Best of all, the
off-road race cars the company modeled the toys after
are raced by Todd Romano, the founder of DragonFire
Racing. Romano is still in the powersports business and
races an Arctic Cat Wildcat in the SCORE Baja desert
races. Check out
www.tonka.com for more new products.
You can also see Tonka-branded off-road toys in every
kids’ meal at Wendy’s fast-food restaurants.
30 YEARS AGO IN DIRT WHEELS
Our August 1984 front cover fea-
tured Yamaha’s brand-new Tri-Z 250.
It came screaming into the picture
ready to take on the established
top guns, Honda’s ATC250R and
Kawasaki’s Tecate 250. All three of
these machines had powerful two-stroke motors that required your
full attention whenever the throttle
was cracked open. The Tri-Z had
approximately one year to fight for
the top three-wheeler crown, and
then it didn’t really matter any more.
In 1985, Suzuki came out with the
Quadracer 250 and changed every-
thing. From that point on the three-
wheelers began taking a back seat to
the four-wheelers, even though they
were still just as fast as ever. To this
day there remains a hardcore group
of ATV enthusiasts who still enjoy rid-
ing the high-performance two-stroke
three-wheelers. In fact, many riders
now are actively searching for old
Honda ATC250Rs, Kawasaki Tecate
250s and Yamaha Tri-Z 250s for restoration projects. It’s good that these
classic machines are being kept in
the pristine shape of their glory days.
NEW & IMPROVED DIRT WHEELS WEBSITE
We recently increased our magazine staff so that our
website can be updated with new stuff every day. You’ll
find the latest news, interesting feature articles, product
guides, how-to tips, exotic project quads, hot photos,
exciting race reports and more. It’s a great add-on, along
with getting the printed magazine sent to your home
every month. Go to