Let me unpack a moment I had that spurred the reason I started this conversation. Like I’ve said before, I’m not even new to the sport, I’m not in the sport. However, I’d like to be- so finding the folks here on the forums has been invaluable. One did bit I gleamed was to call my local track in an effort to find out what is around and what kind of racing and karts are available in my area.
So I did, and I was more preplexed after the conversation than I was before it started.
I relate it to my time in the military, LOTS of acronyms and fast talking. Definately found myself trying to “keep up” with the conversation but I’ll admit I was a bit lost. Then the person I spoke with said they don’t rent carts, so in order to get into the sport I’d have to buy one. Then he proceeds to tell me what he sells, and whole time I was wondering how nice it would be to know what his used and new carts go for so I don’t get ripped off.
When I entered the world of restoring WW2 Jeeps, the forums I was apart of had some sort of buy/sell/ trade section and I found it invaluable because not only could I see what things were bought and sold for, but I could get information from the comment section (from experienced members) as to why or why not something was a good deal vs. over blown in price.
Not having this here, in my opinion, and not to offend, is a barrier for entry into this sport. I think TJ was correct when he came to that conclusion. As for my experience this week when I spoke to someone at my local track, I felt like that little kid at the kitchen table when your parents began spelling things out. “I think its time for B-E-D” and as a kid your thinking, "I don’t know what this B-E-D stuff is, but I’m pretty sure I’m getting screwed here.