Hello Everyone - fresh Newbie dad here. My son just completed an intro to Kid Kart class at Andersen Speedway near Sarasota FL and loved it. We live up in NY and I’ve been starting the search for a Kid Kart for him to use.
In the week or so that I’ve been looking, I’ve already been steered in a few different directions. So I’m looking for advice/validation on what I was planning to purchase. Here goes:
I found a gently used Birel B25 in the Southeast that I was set on purchasing and using up in the NY/Nj area. The price was fair, kart was clean and well maintained/refreshed. I called around to a few shops in the Northeast and a few people suggested that Birel’s are not very popular in the Northeast and I’ll have a problem finding parts or people to help with troubleshooting. They suggested buying a new Top Kart or Nitro chassis and then purchasing 2 engines - 1 used Comer for practice and 1 used “race engine” from NSR?
Any advice on what I should do? Primary goal for the first year is to ease my son into the sport and see how he likes it. We plan on going to the track 5-8 times over the Summer and see how things progress. We may sign up for a local race series, but probably next year. I also want to make sure I’m not spending money needlessly or incorrectly the first time around. I run my regular car in HPDE’s and I know how expensive this sport can get. Trying to avoid some of those pitfalls.
Thank you in advance!
Where are you located?
What age bracket are you in? Junior (<16), Senior (16+) or Masters (30+)
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your mechanical ability, or willingness to wrench on things?
Talk a little about your racing experience so far.
HPDEs with PCA club
What’s the main thing you need help with to get you started.
Purchasing a Kid Kart