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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Nov 01, 2019. 12 comments

Watching A Honda Z600 Tear Ass Around An Indoor Go-Kart Track Is Just What You Need Right Now

Watching A Honda Z600 Tear Ass Around An Indoor Go-Kart Track Is Just What You Need Right Now

I’m pretty sure everyone who’s ever taken a kart around an indoor go-kart track has wondered, hey, I wonder if I could drive a car on this track? Usually, the thought comes to you because your hands are vibrating so much on that little steering wheel you can’t feel them anymore, but it’s a valid thought regardless. And for most cars, the answer is no, no you can’t. But a Honda Z600 isn’t most...

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Patrick George Patrick George Jan 17, 2019. 16 comments

You Were Faster Than A Jalopnik Writer, Again

You Were Faster Than A Jalopnik Writer, Again

Well, the headline is true if you happen to be Jacob Kownacki, Brian Parme and Reece Everard. And “faster” specifically applies to karting . I’m pretty sure I could beat some of those dudes in a foot race.

Think You’re Faster Than a Jalopnik Writer? Come Find Out in Detroit Next Weekend!

Since the dawn of humanity, people everywhere have celebrated the new year with one special, sacred …

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Patrick George Patrick George Jan 09, 2019. 11 comments

Reminder: Karting In Detroit This Saturday. Are You In?

Reminder: Karting In Detroit This Saturday. Are You In?

Besides the cars, there’s nothing we love at Jalopnik more than shameless self-promotion. Especially when it’s for our own event, and the event is an extremely fun one ahead of the Detroit Auto Show involving pizza (the non-Chef Boyardee kind) and karting.

Think You’re Faster Than a Jalopnik Writer? Come Find Out in Detroit Next Weekend!

Since the dawn of humanity, people everywhere have...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jan 08, 2019. 14 comments

My Childhood Self Is Dying for This Race Car Bed Turned Into a Go-Kart

My Childhood Self Is Dying for This Race Car Bed Turned Into a Go-Kart

I don’t know about you, but I would have killed for a race car bed when I was a kid. It was a regular feature on my Christmas list. I could always picture myself in my tiny Mark Martin overalls and helmet, pretending to drive my way into a championship. Now, you can find out exactly how viable that dream could have been.

The folks at Hoonigan are absolutely killing it. After finding a race car...

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Patrick George Patrick George Jan 03, 2019. 19 comments

Think You’re Faster Than a Jalopnik Writer? Come Find Out in Detroit Next Weekend!

Think You’re Faster Than a Jalopnik Writer? Come Find Out in Detroit Next Weekend!

Since the dawn of humanity, people everywhere have celebrated the new year with one special, sacred event: The Detroit Auto Show. But this is the last year America’s biggest auto show will be held in January, as it moves to sunny June next year. That means we need to send the winter’s big car showcase off in style one final time with our annual readers vs. writers karting race. You in?

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Erin Marquis Erin Marquis Dec 14, 2018. 22 comments

This 1965 Rupp Dart Kart Recalls a More Elegant Era of Go Karting

This 1965 Rupp Dart Kart Recalls a More Elegant Era of Go Karting

Karting is one of those things that we love at Jalopnik, despite being terrible at it . I know I’m damn slow. If I’m going to lose and embarrass myself in front of far faster drivers, I might as well look good doing it. Which is why this fully restored 1965 Rupp Dart Kart being offered with no reserve on Bring A Trailer is so appealing.

Old ads from the 1960s shows this kart as originally...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Aug 08, 2018. 19 comments

My Irish Manor Has a Karting Track Because I Can Do Whatever The Hell I Want

My Irish Manor Has a Karting Track Because I Can Do Whatever The Hell I Want

You, a member of the down-trodden proletariat, toil away at your jobs in order to afford basic necessities like alimony payments and middle-shelf liquor. When you need a break, you call up your friends and organize a karting event, hoping the wind that washes over your face will also momentarily wash away your problems. Well, if you just went ahead and purchased a mansion with a karting track...

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David Tracy David Tracy May 17, 2018. 22 comments

North America’s 'Largest Elevated Go-Kart Track' Looks Like Mario Kart In Real Life, The Best Thing Ever

North America’s 'Largest Elevated Go-Kart Track' Looks Like Mario Kart In Real Life, The Best Thing Ever

There’s a giant go-kart track coming within driving range of Detroit next month, meaning my childhood dream of Mario Kart racing in real life might actually come true.

Niagara Speedway, located on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is scheduled to open in June as the largest multi-level go-kart track on the continent, at 2,000 feet in length. The official press release makes the...

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Patrick George Patrick George Jan 17, 2018. 11 comments

Once Again You're Faster Than A Jalopnik Writer

Once Again You're Faster Than A Jalopnik Writer

If you missed our annual pre-Detroit Auto Show karting event last night, I’m sorry to say you missed a good one. T-shirts! Trivia! An art car! Trike racing! Brutal contests of speed! A fine time was had by all.

A full contingent of 96 readers lined up to test their mettle at Kart 2 Kart’s new revised counterclockwise course, while probably another 20 or 30 were onhand to enjoy some pizza and...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Jan 15, 2018. 12 comments

Spend Your Saturday Night With Jalopnik In Detroit

Spend Your Saturday Night With Jalopnik In Detroit

The 2018 Detroit Auto Show kicks off on Saturday, and if you’re in town you should most definitely come hang with Jalopnik at friends at Kart 2 Kart tomorrow night!

If you want to race and haven’t registered yet, we’re sorry to say that the slots are full for track time. But for just $5 at the door you can come hang out with Jalopnik staff and fellow readers, snarf pizza and talk cars.

Here...

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Patrick George Patrick George Jan 13, 2018. 19 comments

A Reminder That If You're Cool You'll Come Karting With Us In Detroit On Saturday

A Reminder That If You're Cool You'll Come Karting With Us In Detroit On Saturday

You wanna be cool, don’t ya?

Are You Faster In A Kart Than Jalopnik? Come Find Out In Detroit Next Weekend!

It’s that time again: time for the car companies to roll out their new semi-autonomous crossovers…

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This serves as your reminder that, if you’re in the Detroit area on Saturday evening, you should come to our annual readers vs. writers kart racing event at Kart 2 Kart in...

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Patrick George Patrick George Jan 06, 2018. 20 comments

Are You Faster In A Kart Than Jalopnik? Come Find Out In Detroit Next Weekend!

Are You Faster In A Kart Than Jalopnik? Come Find Out In Detroit Next Weekend!

It’s that time again: time for the car companies to roll out their new semi-autonomous crossovers and fast-selling pickup trucks at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. So, as is tradition, we’re gonna find our thrills at annual readers vs. writers karting tournament next weekend. You should come kick our asses like you usually do!

Once again we’re partnering with our friends at Kart 2 Kart in Sterling...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Dec 22, 2017. 18 comments

Two Drivers Disqualified After 500-mile Karting Race Turns Into A Bar Brawl

Two Drivers Disqualified After 500-mile Karting Race Turns Into A Bar Brawl

Last night in Brazil’s premier “500 Milhas de Kart” event, two drivers were disqualified for engaging in fisticuffs after the pair had contact on track that ended with both of them stuck in the barrier with just 18 laps remaining in the race.

Rodrigo Dantas, driving for the same team as Formula One driver Felipe Massa, was a lap down and holding up Tuka Rocha, who was in second at the time,...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Nov 21, 2017. 6 comments

This 10-Year-Old Explains How Everyone Cheats Racing Go Karts

This 10-Year-Old Explains How Everyone Cheats Racing Go Karts

Youth kart racing doesn’t waste a moment throwing kids head first into danger, cutthroat competition and, of course, cheating, as 10-year-old Ole Scharp explains in the newest installment of Chris Kippenberger’s documentary series Kart Kids.

“All our engines are sealed,” Ole tells the camera. It’s how karting seeks to prevent families from spending too much money on engine parts,...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Nov 16, 2017. 14 comments

Get A Passport (Or A Spouse), Canada Is Getting A Real-Life Mario Kart Track

Get A Passport (Or A Spouse), Canada Is Getting A Real-Life Mario Kart Track

Do you like Canada? Is that even a question? Do you like karting? Time to log on to MapleMingle.gov or get a passport, because there’s a new speedway opening next year that looks like it will let you live out your Mario Kart dreams in the real world.

Come Spring 2018, the newly constructed Niagara Speedway at Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario will open its four-story karting track....

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 26, 2017. 9 comments

Kart Kids Der Film Goes Inside The Ultra-Competitive World Of Youth Kart Racing

<i>Kart Kids Der Film </i>Goes Inside The Ultra-Competitive World Of Youth Kart Racing

Several years ago, Christopher Kippenberger brought us a short glimpse into the world of German pro/am youth karting in a short titled Kart Kids. Now he’s expanded upon that adorable nine-year-old’s explanation of how grip works into a bigger film, Kart Kids Der Film, due to hit in August.

A Nine-Year-Old Karter Explains How Grip Works

Say hello to Curtis. He's nine. He races karts in...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 26, 2017. 23 comments

You Can't Just Mash The Go Pedal Like It's Mario Kart

You Can't Just Mash The Go Pedal Like It's Mario Kart

Go-karts are the perfect place to satisfy your need for speed, but you may want to remember that the laws of physics still apply in real life.

It always feels bad to get passed like you’re standing still, but I’ll bet the driver with the helmet cam doesn’t feel anywhere near as bad as the lady who slammed into the tire wall at full speed.

Kart-Cam Guy took some time to let the...

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Matt Hardigree Matt Hardigree Aug 24, 2017. 23 comments

Two Injured After Teens Break Into Lime Rock Park, Steal Karts [UPDATE]

Two Injured After Teens Break Into Lime Rock Park, Steal Karts [UPDATE]

Two emergency helicopters, firefighters, police, and ambulance were all sent to Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park last night to respond to reports of serious injuries. [UPDATE: Endurance Karting confirms their karts were used, track confirms five kids, two of which were injured.]

There’s limited official news out of Connecticut, but we know for certain that someone (or multiple people) were injured...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 22, 2017. 15 comments

A Surefire Way To Win At Karting Is To Turn Off Your Opponent's Kart Mid-Race

A Surefire Way To Win At Karting Is To Turn Off Your Opponent's Kart Mid-Race

Here’s a fun little sneaky trick to pull on someone that you just have to beat in a friendly karting competition.

Juan Pablo Montoya hosted the Carrera de Estrellas karting event in Colombia with a number of racing stars, including drivers Gustavo Yacaman and Travis Pastrana. As the group got going, Pastrana probably should have watched the starter button on the side of the kart a bit...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 21, 2017. 20 comments

Are You Faster Than Jalopnik? Come Karting With Us And Find Out!

Are You Faster Than Jalopnik? Come Karting With Us And Find Out!

Another Detroit Auto Show is upon us, and you know what that means: it’s time for you, the readers, to test your mettle against the driving gods of Jalopnik. Are you faster than we are? (Probably.) Come find out this weekend!

Our friends at Kart 2 Kart in Sterling Heights are once again kind enough to host a night of racing action for all friends of Jalopnik who happen to be in the greater...

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