When I was a kid my dad and I ( and by my dad and I, I mean my dad) built a coaster kart. It was constructed from two-by stock and handtruck wheels, and featured a rope loop for steering. It was great for going down hill, but not so much for the return trips. At the time I was leveraging gravity’s pull (science!) I lamented the limitations of such a vehicle. What I really wanted was a real, gas-powered go-kart, just like the one in the window at Feddes’ Sea and Land.
I never got that Briggs and Stratton-powered monoposto, as shortly my interest turned to two wheels and I got a mini bike instead. Still, to this day I have a warm spot in my heart for those original little mini cars, and their derivatives that have popped up over the years. Karting has gone from a cul-de-sac nuisance to an incredibly fun amateur sport (see F1 electric kart tracks and the like), as well as a point of entry into professional racing for many a driver.
With karting going back so many years there have been tons of types from which to choose. Everything from backyard specials built from plans purchased out of the back of Popular Mechanics to 100 mph-plus monsters that put your butt within mere inches of the pavement for about the most visceral racing experience you could want. Have you also developed a love of go-karts? If you have, which one do you think is the coolest?
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