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jfatboy 14-04-17 23:05

Why no karts?
 
Ive seen numerous videos of karts heading up hills on the continent, never in the uk? is there any reason for this?

E5_DCB 15-04-17 02:35

Use to be ,remember watching them at Prescott when I was young back in the late 80s- early 90s. I don't know why but they seemed to stop after this time.

kano nordie 15-04-17 03:51

If there was enough interest and they had a class for karts like bikes have a class they could run the hills, when the used to run in the 1980's they were put into the 500 class, but do not meet the BB requirements in many areas
John

Lolat492 15-04-17 07:20

I saw my first hill climb in the mid '80s on Jersey and karts ran there in good numbers.
Fast to say the least.
For the very brave I think.

sevaun 15-04-17 08:24

I'm led to believe that Harewood won't run them because the track insurance doesn't cover karts due to nature of run offs, barriers etc..

Hasta 15-04-17 08:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by E5_DCB (Post 138868)
Use to be ,remember watching them at Prescott when I was young back in the late 80s- early 90s. I don't know why but they seemed to stop after this time.

The main reason was safety . Karts at the time did not cope well with the bumps and dips of a hillclimb course. gaps under the armco and solid banking made for a kart unfriendly venue. They were effectively banned by the requirement for suspension travel and a minimum wheelbase.

Hasta

Steve Wilkinson 15-04-17 08:45

Rather than run a class for Karts, which would inevitably lead to multiple classes, the MSA allowed them to run in the Up to 500cc Racing Car class. After pressure from competitors who ran normal single seaters in the class the MSA introduced regulations to effectively ban Karts from the Racing Car class (NB this took two years as their first attempt was circumvented.)

With the disappearance of Karts many venues such as Harewood have refined their Insurance Terms and Conditions to keep down costs.

Karts still compete in the Channel Islands.

jfatboy 19-04-17 21:32

bit of a shame, i'd love to run my rotax up the hills.

E5_DCB 20-04-17 11:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hasta (Post 138876)
The main reason was safety . Karts at the time did not cope well with the bumps and dips of a hillclimb course. gaps under the armco and solid banking made for a kart unfriendly venue. They were effectively banned by the requirement for suspension travel and a minimum wheelbase.

Hasta

Was gonna happen sooner or later. Remember a crash at Prescott and the kart and driver couldnt be seperated without major cutting involved to the kart. Nasty.

Fireblade 20-04-17 13:46

Like a potato chipping machine that Armco is for karts. Rightly barred.


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