Introduction To Karting

4 December 1999

KARTING or go-karting is the MOST popular participant motorsport in the
world!  An estimated 100,000 drivers race in the US alone!  Karting is not
just for kids.  2 Time Indianapolis 500 Champion Al Unser, Jr., NASCAR's
Winston Cup Rookie of the Year Tony Stewart, 1997 Toyota Atlantic Champion
Memo Gidley, Clint and Casey Mears, and NASCAR's John Andretti all got their
start in Karting.  Many of them still race karts in the off-season to keep
their competitive edge.

Karting began in the form we recognize in 1956.  Art Ingels combined a
surplus 2-cycle engine with a sample tubular chassis, semi-pneumatic tires,
and a bicycle chain... voilla, the first go-art was ready to race.  People
were amazed at the quick little machine as Art drove around the parking lots
and alleys of Glendale, California.  In December of 1957, the first kart
club was organized:  the Go-Kart Club of America.  Chassis requirements were
set and classes were organized.  Safe, organized kart racing had begun!

The next three years, go-karting's growth exploded.  In 1960, there were
over 100 kart manufacturers in the US and other countries worldwide.  Today,
racing karts are still produced by a large number of manufacturers
worldwide.  Karts have become precision racing vehicles with a number of
variables that can affect speed and performance.  Engine manufacturers
include Briggs & Stratton, Tecumseh, Honda, Yamaha, and other importers.

Kart racing is not only the most popular participant motorsport, it is also
the most affordable.  For as little as $1,500, an aspiring driver can join
the ranks of those who are discovering the rewards of karting.  Drivers can
start at an early age... even as young as 6 to 8 years old!  By the time
these drivers are 18, they have matured into accomplished racers with as
many as 10 years of actual experience.

Kart Expo International is the nation's oldest and largest show devoted
strictly to karting.  It is a true "shopping mall of karting", featuring
hundreds of exhibits with the latest in karting products and services and
also offers valuable seminars.  The 1999 Kart Expo International will be
held December 3rd and 4th in Covington, KY.  (Greater Cincinnati Area)

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