I lived and raced karts in the Munich area for 3 years, 2000-2003. It has been a few years and the landscape has changed but here are a couple of tips:
Kart Club Muenchen - was the place for karting in Munich but they closed recently. I understand they are looking for a new location.
Kart Shop near Munich - they are pretty big. You should do well starting here.
Ampfing will be your closest track. Awesome track.
I would suggest that you buy your stuff in Germany. I shipped my kart and engines to Germany, my company paid the shipping, but I would recommend working with the local shop as you will need help. If you are thinking X30, I could be wrong, but you may not be able to race a USA x30 motor in Germany. Check this out before deciding to bring an engine over. KZ will not be an issue. I brought 2 ICA motors and it was no issue.
Kart Driver License - you will definitely need one to compete in the regional series (below). To compete in club races, you do not. To get a DSMB license, your local club president must sign off on your ability, they required that I compete 1 year at the club level before signing off on me for regional racing. You must also get a release from the WKA I believe. It was a long process and I don’t remember the exact details but I definitely needed to get a release from the USA. You also need a physical exam from a doctor. I believe you need to get this annually.
The regional series in South Germany is the SAKC. Check out their website, www.sakc.de and you will get the lay of the land. Classes are:
- KZ gentlemen
Not sure of your level, but this is what I raced. I was in my mid 30s at the time and raced ICA. It was all teenagers and me + one other 30something. Very competitive - I would say like a WKA or USPKS race in terms of quality of driving. All tracks within 2-3 hrs though.
Check out the results – ergebnisse.
A lower level of competition is the Weiss Blau Trophy – basically the Bavarian Championship. It looks to be a good place for KZ racing and they have two big classes – Over 30 and G. Not sure what G stands for.
A higher level than the SAKC is https://www.adac-motorsport.de/adac-kart-masters/. I would put this as possibly close to SKUSA stuff…maybe a notch or two lower. At this level, the kids are driving 3-4 times a week. When I lived in Munich, many of the kids drove 1-2 days during the week and another 1-2 days on the weekend. Adrian Sutil was a local club member, he drove 4-5 days a week.
I had a garage at the track. I think this is what most people do. I had a garage at my apt building and worked on the kart a few times there but it is near impossible as German garages are on light timers. So every 2-3 minutes you need to click the light switch to turn the lights back on.
There were no 4 stroke classes when I lived in Germany and there still do not appear to be any. Stock Honda, well the Germans are kinda rule focused, so if you turned up with a stock Honda and wanted to run in the KZ class, my guess is that they would not allow it. They would let you practice with it.