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Karting & Race Car Driving : 11 listings
Mountain View Entertainment Centre
Pietermaritzburg, KZN
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Kartsport SA
Cape Town, WC
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Max Challenge Promotions
Pretoria, GAU
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Blokart Land Sailing
Cape Peninsula, WC
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Epic Karting at Galleria
South Coast, KZN
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Action Go Karting
Dolphin Coast, KZN
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Vereeniging Kart Circuit
Southern Gauteng, GAU
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Joyride Family Funpark
Southern Gauteng, GAU
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Rally Star Self-Drive
Pretoria, GAU
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Fantastic Racing
Cape Town, WC
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K1 Racing
Pretoria, GAU
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: The thrills and spills of Karting...
Driving Adventure:
The thrills and spills of Karting...
They are fast, fun and challenge your driving skills and just about every Formula 1 racing driver started his career racing them. Whether you are really into racing or just out for a bit of adrenalin laced fun, karting is an ideal way to experience the thrills and challenges of motor racing.

Kart racing is a relatively cheap form of motorsport that usually takes place at a specially designed circuit. These open wheel racers come in various guises depending on engine size and gearbox specs. Amazingly, Superkarts are able to achieve speeds of close on 250km/hr (160mph)!

However, most places where you can hire karts to race for fun have detuned four stroke engines that are not quite in that class as far as speed goes – but when you are seated just 100mm above the tarmac, they still have enough oomph to give you the ride of a lifetime.
A word on Karting & Race Car Driving :
  "Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead." ~Mac McCleary

"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." ~Albert Einstein

"Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly." ~Author Unknown


As with all motor sports, safety is a prime concern in karting. Helmets, overalls, gloves and boots should always be worn by the driver while the circuits that are raced on are designed with safety considerations in mind.

Most karts don’t have any suspension or transmission differential but do run on specially manufactured racing tyres to ensure maximum grip.
: Pick your Kart...
Driving Adventure:
Pick your Kart...


Kart racing is usually used as a low-cost and relatively safe way to introduce drivers to motor racing. Many people associate it with young drivers, but adults are also very active in karting. Karting is considered the first step in any serious racer's career. It can prepare the driver for high-speed wheel-to-wheel racing by helping develop quick reflexes, precision car control, and decision-making skills. In addition, this extreme adventure sport brings an awareness of the various parameters that can be altered to try to improve the competitiveness of the kart (examples being tire pressure, gearing, seat position, chassis stiffness) that also exist in other forms of motor racing.

Most current Formula One racers grew up racing karts, most prominent among them Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen or Scott Speed in the US. Many NASCAR drivers also got their start in racing from karts, such as Darrell Waltrip, Lake Speed, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon.

Interesting Facts:

Typically, race formats are one of the following:

Sprint racing takes place on dedicated kart circuits resembling small road courses, with left and right turns. Tracks go from 1/4 mile (400 m) to over 1 mile (1,600 meters) in length.

The sprint format is a series of short-duration races, normally for a small number of laps, that qualify for a final, with a variety of point scoring calculations to determine the event's overall winner. Typical duration does not normally exceed 15 minutes. Here, speed and successful passing is of the most importance. It normally occurs in the format of three qualifying heats and a final race for trophy positions.

The FIA championships, including the Karting World Championship, take place in this format.

Endurance races last for an extended period, from 30 minutes up to 24 hours or more, for one or more drivers. In general, consistency, reliability, and pit strategy is of greater importance than all out speed.

Speedway racing takes place on asphalt or clay oval tracks which are normally between 1/6 mile and 1/4 mile long. Tracks primarily consist of two straight and four left-turn corners, few tracks are symmetric and often the shape parallels that of an egg or a tri-oval.

'Offset' kart chassis have been developed for precise handling and adjustability in left-turn-only racing competition taking place on oval and tri-oval tracks.

Speedway kart races range in length from 4 laps for a trophy dash, to 20 laps for a main event.
: Pick your Circuit
Driving Adventure:
Pick your Circuit


The first test drive of the contraption surprised himself and his friends when his little kart took off like a rocket across a neighborhood parking lot.

The first possible gathering of kart drivers took place in the Rose Bowl parking lot ( Pasadena, CA) in 1957, based on a recorded picture as shown below. From the impromptu racing and gymkana type of events in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl, more individuals were involved in the birth of the kart sport.

Three notable individuals who started with Art in Pasadena were Duffy Livingstone, Roy Desbrow & Bill Rowles. From the initial design from Art's kart, many other designs soon flourished from the joint venture of Duffy & Roy. Their creations included the "Drone", "Go Kart" and the "Dart Kart". Their close cooperation was possible as both of them were already business partners of "GP Mufflers" when they started the hobby and were also experts in fabricating welded components. Meanwhile Bill had located a source of inexpensive engines from a failed West Bend rotary lawn mower venture and the three operated the partnership initially from the premises of GP Mufflers, naming their venture Go Kart Manufacturing Co. Inc. in 1958.

In 1959, responding to their business success, they built a new Go Kart Mfg. facility in Azusa, California, for manufacturing karts. The facility included a test track on which they tried to incorporate a variety of turns from sweeping corners, to tight turns and even a high bank turn. It incorporated one straightaway of sufficient length to allow the karts of the period to reach speeds of approx. 100kph ( 55-60 m.p.h.)

The sport soon flourished to the rest of USA and other parts of the world, and the rest, as they say is history...


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