Hey all, it’s been a minute.
I last posted over a year ago when I’d yet to turn a single lap in my kart–thankfully, that’s changed now!
In the intervening period, I sold my old Cayman for an Mk7 GTI that does a fantastic impression of a sprinter van–at 35mpg, no less. While it’s tight, the kart does fit inside, plus all the stuff I need to carry (tools, stand, driver gear, cooler, ez-up, etc). I can even go from fully packed up, to unloaded and ready to start in about 45 minutes. However, I have gotten a little tired of playing kart Tetris to such an extreme. I honestly don’t mind having to dismantle and reassemble the kart that much, but having to wedge everything into the back of the Golf is starting to wear on me. I met a super nice family at the first round of Autobahn’s open karting challenge and nearly cried when they simply rolled their kart into their trailer and left at the end of the day.
The downside is that a trailer would kinda be a stretch for me in all senses at the moment–size, space, budget, they’re all a little constrained right now. Even Harbor Freight’s 4x4 utility trailer can’t be had for less than $450 after tax these days–and then it seems I’d need to splash out a little more for tires that can do more than 55mph, title, registration, a hitch, etc. All in, that’s probably $7-800.
Conversely, a good set of roof bars for the GTI is half of that. Even ballasted, with the engine off, we’re comfortably under the 165lb weight limit for the rack. There’s plenty of strength on hand to hoist the kart up and down, so my main concern is just safety. At its core, I suppose it isn’t that much different to strapping the kart to the top of your bed in a pickup, or onto a trailer. Being on the roof feels a little more perilous to me somehow, but if properly secured, would it be a terrible idea?
TIA for any advice you have, and for all the help y’all have given me over the years.
Edit: corrected overly optimistic roof rack pricing