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By S. Calhoun Smith
T
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 oAmerica) is firmly established and hasset up sensible rules governing designand power for stable, safe "karting."Even the lowest powered Class A, 2.5
102
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
Mechanix Illustrated
A 2-1/2,-hp lawn mower engine drives this kart atmore than 30 mph. It's Class A fun for anyone.
 
specifications. Cost runs from $100 to$110 complete with an A-400 Clintonengine. Peru did the welding himself but anyone not equipped to do it wouldhave to spend $20 to $30 extra. Thebuilding time was about 25 hours andthe tools required were a square, hack saw, tin snips, files, hammer, large viseand an electric hand drill or drill press.To help hold cost down, the frame ismade of thin-wall conduit, but more ex-pensive chrome-moly tubing could besubstituted throughout. Some parts,the seat and steering hoops, steering
COMPLETED FRAME with axles installed;a thin-wall conduit is used to reduce costBELLY PAN and seat back are sheet steel;they're spot-welded to the conduit frame.
January, 1960
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FRONT END view shows brake and throttlepedals and the simple steering mechanism.
SPOT BRAKE
pivots flush against insideface of sprocket. Note engine mount plate.
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