By S. Calhoun Smith
HE "go kart" has taken the U. S. bystorm. A happy wedding of lawnmower engine and steel tubing on fourlittle wheels, it has become a crazeamong kids and adults with a yen forracing or just plain driving fun.Kart racing originated in Californiaand has spread eastward since 1956.Now the GKCA (Go Kart Club of America) is firmly established and hasset up sensible rules governing designand power for stable, safe "karting."Even the lowest powered Class A, 2.5
hp karts are capable of 30 to 35 mphwith an adult aboard and more whendriven by a lightweight 10-year-old.Races are run on paved parking lots andsmall dirt ovals and regular sports cartype raceways have been built withtracks four-tenths of a mile in lengthand 20 feet wide. Such tracks incorpor-ate eleven turns, both banked and flat.
The MI Kart
was designed and builtby Bob Peru of Red Bank, N. J. andcan be considered a basic Class A kart.It complies in all respects with GKCA
A 2-1/2,-hp lawn mower engine drives this kart atmore than 30 mph. It's Class A fun for anyone.