About Go-Kart

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Friends who have played go-karts are aware of the different levels of karts, including two-stroke and four-stroke engines, as well as varying displacements such as 100cc, 125cc, and 175cc. However, the core difference lies not just in the horsepower but in the construction of the kart itself. Regardless of the type, go-karting provides immense enjoyment. But how did go-karting originate?

This sport traces its roots back to the 1950s, a time when go-karts were far from the sophisticated welding processes and diverse displacements we have today. The handling and safety aspects were also incomparable to the present. Go-kart racing emerged several decades after other motor racing sports, and its origin story, while not particularly elegant, can be considered quite legendary.

The creation of go-karts wasn’t born out of a work focused on the cat-and-mouse game between law enforcement and criminals. Instead, it was the creative idea of a military pilot after World War II. Initially, he turned hand-pushed carts transporting aerial explosives into small-scale races. Surprisingly, this idea spread unintentionally. According to records, in 1956, the pilot installed an engine on one of these carts and showcased it during a race – the birth of what we now call go-karts.

With media involvement and orders from British businessmen, around 100 companies quickly emerged to produce and design go-kart components. In May 1960, the International Automobile Federation officially recognized go-karting as a motorsport. In 1962, the International Karting Commission was established, and in 1964, the first World Karting Championship took place in Rome. At that time, the price of a go-kart was between $100 and $200 – sounding cheap now, but in that era, it wasn’t something everyone could afford.

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