Getting Started I am 60

(Gary Mangiapia) #1

Ok I am thinking about really getting in the seat and start Karting. I am 60 yrs old. I still ride my snowmobile as fast as I can, most time younger riders get pissed when I take off my helmet. They just got spanked by an old guy. I also took many track race classes for sportbikes. I know all about turning your head and apex theory.

I am tired of driving 5 hours for snowmobiling.
I need to get started and need class advice and best kart to start with. I am guessing its best to start with rentals. I am in Northeast Pa. Please, I love advice.

(Dom Callan) #2

Yay. PA! I’m one state over although yours is very wide. Nearby in NJ we have the winter warm up practice session at Englishtown raceway coming up in a couple weeks. Sat and Sunday open lapping.

(Dom Callan) #3

Kart wise since you are 60, I’d recommend a 4 stroke if that runs in your neck of the woods or a 100cc 2-stroke. You could run whatever you want really but at 49 I feel the pain pretty hard the day after on the higher horsepower stuff.

(Gary Mangiapia) #4

I am working on something at Englishtown. Hopeful to be there during kart racing.I also have a place in Staten Island

(Rod Lake) #5

Find the nearest track and find out what classes they run and what appeals to you the most. Buying a kart that can be serviced locally by a dealer and who has access to parts is important. I’m 61 and race X30 masters. Your body is going to be in for a shock. Going fast is about tolerating G forces so make sure you wear some form (or two!) of rib protection. The only other things that get sore are your back, your arms, your neck, your core, your hips, and of course your pocketbook. Best of luck to you. It’s a great sport and the people you will meet will be amazing.

(James McMahon) #6 will show you what’s around you track wise.

(Gary Mangiapia) #7

Sounds like my first day out for the season when I snowmobile 8 hrs for the first winter

(Larry Foust) #8

Speaking for myself, I’m 73 and drive a IAME X-30 that puts out approximately 36 HP on a Birel chassis in the TAG heavy class . When I was 65 I started out with a 4-stroke clone (@ 6.5+ HP) , then moved up to a Yamaha KT-100 (@ 20 HP) and then a IAME Leopard ( @ 30 HP), I don’t plan on going back. Just get the best race gear you can afford; helmet, suit, gloves, shoes and rib protector then go out and have fun.

(Dom Callan) #9

That’s sort of the problem with 125cc. It’s like heroin.

(Davin Roberts Sturdivant) #10

My hero. :slight_smile: 20 character limit

(Lee Swindell) #11


You’re way too old for this stuff. Time to settle into that soft recliner in front of the fire and dream about the good old days…

A guy in my crew is 64 and still quick and fit enough to go the distance in 500km enduros. And an Englishman (I think) was racing the euro superkart championship until a smash stopped his career a few years back also at 73.

92 horsepower and 150 miles an hour is proof that you’re never too old for race driving if it’s what really turns you on.


(Lee Swindell) #12


If you can survive 8 hours on a snowmobile, you’re definitely fit enough for karting, A hire kart league is a great place to start because it’s cheap and there’s no logistical overhead - your energy is used on the track and not wasted in the pits lifting and pushing. Together these things mean you can do a lot of it, and really polish you’re skills. It’s an awesome way to build the stuff the fast guys share here into your craft. You’ll be surprised at how satisfaction and fun you can pull out of a heavy, low powered machine.

So get out there. We need more old guys, (like Dom).

(Craig Stubbs) #13

Good day Gary,
Glad to hear you are going to join the ranks of us “Older” Karters.
I am 67. I started karting again five years ago after a 20+ year hiatus. The club I race with runs the old EasyKart setup. 125cc air-cooled engines on a Birel chassis. It took a while to catch on, but, I have finally moved up to the front of the pack. I know have the honor of being the oldest person to win at the Monticello Karting and Motor Club track here in North Florida.
Yes, I get sore. I move a little slower the day after a race. But, damn, it sure is fun! I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My advice: Go for it!

(Dom Callan) #14

One of the families I tent with at Englishtown comes all the was from Long Island. Apparently there’s nothing there series wise. I’m not sure about Staten Island.