Slide "For those who like racing I advise Karting, and to do it with love and dedication"
Ayrton Senna

Slide The Godfather The history of modern Karting can be traced back to a certain man named Art Angels. Art was a fabricator at an American company - Kurtis Kraft, who designed and built race cars. The company would also go on to be hugely successful in the Indy 500 - winning 5 times!

During 1956, Art (on the left in the background image) created the first kart in his home garage and began to test it himself, using a West Bend Company 2 stroke engine. The kart garnered much interest and soon there was an explosion of activity in the American karting scene.

The first kart manufacturer was an American company, aptly named Go Kart Manufacturing Co. The first Kart engine to enter the business was built by McCulloch and was named the MC-10. It was based on one of it's chainsaw engines - the Super 55A but minus the transmission and clutch assembly. The engine quickly became the front runner in the karting world and can be seen below, crudely attached to a early days kart chassis.
Art Ingels - The Father of Karting

Slide During the 1970s, European Karts began to dominate the scene. With engines finally mounted to the side of the kart rather than at the back, they began to finally resemble modern machinery. A resurgence in popularity meant the creation of Governing bodies and the introduction of engines from big manufacturers such as Yamaha. Graham Hill Karting

Slide The 80s was a Golden era for Karting. Karts got faster and the introduction of a World Championships made it insanely competitive. Engines (such as the TKM) were introduced that are still around today, and many 90s F1 drivers could be seen plying their trade at regional and world levels in the 100cc classes. The background image shows Terry Fullerton battling hard with a certain Ayrton Senna. Senna was once famously quoted as saying Fullerton was the most well rounded competitior he ever faced. Terry Fullerton and Senna

Slide To many, the 90's represents the pinnacle of Karting. With huge grids - even at club meetings - and engines now singing at 20,000rpm, this was purist karting at its finest. Escalating costs and increasing environmental pressures saw the introduction of the Rotax Max in 1998 and led to the gradual demise in 100cc Karting.

Slide And so to modern karting. Awash with single make classes and ironically suffering from spiralling costs once again, the advent of Independent Karting and historic classes has injected a breath of much needed fresh air back into the sport.