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New to Karting?

I must acknowledge Dave North who first wrote these articles on how to get started in karting. I edited his original text to actualize it about 10 years after Dave initially wrote it. Thanks again Dave from your NCKC friends.

Some of the most frequently asked questions by people looking to get started in the sport of karting are:

  • What do I need?
  • How do I start? and
  • How much will it cost me?

Of course, the answers will vary quite dramatically depending on who you ask but here’s some information we think will help you.

Probably the best suggestion we can give you to start with is: Read through these first few pages then, get more information.

Before you consider purchasing anything, you should visit a few races, walk the paddocks and talk to many people who are already involved in the sport. If there is a common attribute that would describe most involved in kart racing, it is that they all like to help beginners get into the sport; everyone went through the same process at some point.  Clubs will often run a test and tune event at the beginning of the season, they may have some gatherings at a local indoor kart racing facility during the off-season and/or organize a swap meet or some other meeting of members; all of these are very good opportunities to meet with people, gain more information, and perhaps even give it a try. Get in touch with your local club officials and ask them to be informed when they hold their next gatherings, it will provide opportunities to chat with club members and gain more insight in your own path into the sport.

Something else you should consider is to find an “arrive and drive” program. Kart dealers and/or track owners or clubs will often provide such opportunities where one can rent and live the kart racing experience. If this is something you want to consider, your local club officials can point you in the direction of such opportunities.

Still to get more information, it is a good idea to visit:

THE IMPORTANT IDEA here is that you do not want to commit funds too early and spend on equipment only to realize a bit later that the equipment you have no longer meets racing regulations or is no longer used at racing events in your area; that is an avoidable cold shower that you/we do not wish happens.