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February 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm #78459
It sounds like you were gripping too tightly on the wheel and pulling yourself forward in the corners. You shouldn’t need to have your biceps flexed while you’re driving.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenJanuary 13, 2017 at 7:53 am #76769
Fall in love with the sport first, then you won’t mind spending the money to go faster while staying competitive.
I agree with this completely. The 206 or World Formula programs are the perfect entry point at the MBK club. Get it, build equity into your program with equipment and tools etc, and if you decide you want to go faster, go for it. But for the money, the 206 is the best bang for the buck.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenJanuary 12, 2017 at 8:42 pm #76743
Who was faster in it?????
Some kid younger than me by over 10 years was faster by a hundreth of a second.
Brag worthy, for sure. 😉
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenJanuary 12, 2017 at 7:28 pm #76740
Man! I wish my kart would hook up like that! I have the same kart, but I’m 6.1″ and 210 lbs and my legs are shorter than my upper body, I’ve tried everything, seat position, high/low, closer to the axle, further from the axle, more tilted, etc, Higher air pressure on tires, you name it.
Rob looks really confy on that seat, and his arms are holding the steering wheel real nicely, looking really good all the way around. Is he closer to the front? or just my view? Please throw me a bone, so I can adjust mine better.
The older I get, the slower I am. At this point I’m just gonna change my name from FastFreddy to Slow old fart Freddy. Lol
The photo is coming through Tic-Tac-Toe at Sonoma, hopping the second curb. It’s Andy Seesemann’s personal kart and we have similar leg and body lengths. The kart felt so comfortable. Maybe he can provide some input on the seat position – he definitely knows his stuff.
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January 12, 2017 at 5:47 pm #76737
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Must of had a dyslexic moment thought he was 6’5″.
OK…that makes sense.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenJanuary 12, 2017 at 11:31 am #76714
Thats a good looking kart, Rob!
Felt great to drive, too.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenJanuary 12, 2017 at 9:27 am #76694
At your height and weight you won’t have to worry about chassis tuning. You just slam all the settings to make it as loose as you can and it will still be too tight with snap oversteer. You’ll be 25 lbs over weight for the heavy class which will hurt you on the short track and your height will be like an aero brake on the long track. Your vertical center of gravity will make you feel like an elephant on a roller skate and if someone taps you, you can easily go into a bone breaking flip. I’ve seen big and tall guys flip without hitting anything when they put a wheel wrong. Best bet, don’t run the spec tire, super hard tires first season, sliding is good grip will flip. I’m big and tall too but I get by with 40+ years of driving skill and I’m a jet mechanic so my equipment prep is excellent. Even so it’s extremely hard to win a race or run with the leaders (dangerous) unless there are special circumstances. I keep doing it (even though it beats me up physically) because it’s just so much dang fun and the people are great. If you’re ready for that reality welcome to karting.
LOL – easy there, Walt. I think you’re way off the mark here. Did you mis-read his height?
When he gets to 200 lbs, William will be essentially the same weight (195) and height (5’9″) as I am, and he’ll fit easily in a kart and could be very close on weight for the LO206 Senior class at Monterey, which is 360#. I don’t know where you get the idea that he’s in any danger of a flip because of his stature and measurements. If he keeps up with his workouts, he’ll be right on weight by mid-season.
William, keep up with your workouts and dropping the weight, but as you do it, you’ll be fine. There are a ton of guys over 200# running LO206 and the kart handles fine. You’ll definitely need to tune the chassis. And, center of gravity has more to do with the length of your in-seam, which will determine how low you can get in the kart with an adjusted seat position. I have a 29′ in-seam, so my legs are often straight. If you’re a little longer in the legs, you’ll be able to get lower than me, but I’m still good. See below:
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenJanuary 12, 2017 at 6:35 am #76679
Welcome to the EKN Forums!
First and foremost, if you’re just getting into the sport and will likely run at Simraceway and/or Monterey, I would highly suggest starting the Briggs LO206 class. It will provide a low-cost entry into the sport, it’s easy on the body and the engine is bulletproof and reliable. The class is offered at both tracks. The LO206 class is growing in NorCal and you’ll have a ton of fun. If you decide you want to go quicker next year, your race package will have good re-sale value if you decide you want to move to a faster class.
As for buying a race package, go with Cambrian Karting. When you’re at the track, they’ll be there to help out with technical assistance. The online store does not offer trackside support, and you’re going to need it. And simply put, it’s a BIG positive to support a true brick-and-mortar support that spends its weekends at the track making sure its customers have what they need. We need more of that in our support. Buy from the people who are actually at the track when you need help.
Cambrian is a great shop, run by passionate enthusiasts of the sport, and they sell great products, including the LO206 engine package.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenJanuary 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm #76392
Thank You Rob. I appreciate that. I understand the dirt thing. It’s too dirty.
Personally,I love racing dirt as well. I used to publish a dirt and pavement karting magazine called ‘Speedway USA’. I raced at Daytona, Tulsa, Lightning Valley and Riverside, for example, and loved it. There’s a sweet science to being fast on the dirt, and as a driver, it was a great challenge. I’ll run the Daytona Dirt again someday soon.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenJanuary 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm #76340
For the most part, it comes down to manpower. David was the sole EKN staffer in Daytona and he manned our EKN Trackside Live coverage of the Manufacturers Cup event. There are three unique events going on at once, and it’s financially impossible to have each event staffed with a reporter. It’s just the reality of the business model. If a volunteer were to step up to provide photos and race reports, we could definitely look at that. But, we’ve been doing this for 15+ years and that’s not going to happen.
You asked about dirt coverage, and we just don’t cover dirt. EKN’s editorial focus in on sprint and road racing.
Next year, we have plans for both David and I to be trackside for Kartweek, and I’m planning to have David race as well. With 2x the staff, I’d love to be able to go deeper into the road race side of the facility, as we both love the discipline.
Thank you for clarifying what you’d like to see in terms of road race coverage. There’s only so much we can do, but if we get actual constructive input from our readers, it will help us when we’re planning trackside coverage.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenDecember 14, 2016 at 2:51 pm #75517
I can kinda see the missing the shift thing, but what happens in a car, least say F2000 or Indycar. You’re destroy the front wing and you have to come in and change it. Losing a lot of time.
It might not be prefect, but it’s better than what’s going on currently.
I think we’ve all tried to back up the guys behind us during a rolling start, and contact results every so often. I’m just thinking of opportunities for drivers to get 10-second penalties for nothing. I agree that the rules for this would need to be tweaked as such, but then here comes the grey area again.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenApril 29, 2016 at 4:52 pm #65180
S1 Happy Hour
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Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenApril 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm #65179
Mini Swift Happy Hour
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Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenApril 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm #65178
S4/S4SM Happy Hour
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Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenApril 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm #65177
X30 Senior Happy Hour
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Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenApril 29, 2016 at 4:06 pm #65176
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Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenApril 29, 2016 at 3:56 pm #65175
X30 Master Happy Hour
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Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenMarch 25, 2016 at 11:50 am #63374
OH YA!!! GOTTA WIN ME AN EKN SHIRT!!!
Regardless of what happens, just as long as I kick Cole’s ass in this, I’ll be good. 😉
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenMarch 7, 2016 at 9:52 am #62500
I believe that Mike Wilson also built the karts at one time. I would suggest contacting Tim Pappas for more information.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenFebruary 15, 2016 at 11:17 am #61308
I’ve been talking to Alan Rudolph, either to get into one of his schools as soon as it opens up, or bring him or someone he recommends to our track.
You simply could not do better than a one-on-one with Alan Rudolph. As suggested, trekking up to Sumas, WA and SIMA Raceway to get a day with Michael Valiante and Remo Ruscitti would be on my wish list too.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenJanuary 3, 2016 at 11:48 am #58813
Yo Rob, I know that you couldn’t be in more than one place at a time (been there, done that) but without at least researching the final results of the other series running over Kartweek makes things seem lopsided.
Well, this is the first time we’ve been to Daytona in a couple years, so we’re already ahead of the curve. 😉 It was a unique situation, as David requested the vacation to be with his family, as we had done over the last couple of years, as I just stated. The difference this year was that he was going to actually be in Daytona as part of a cool family trip, so I wasn’t about to ask him to cover the RR side of the program. That said, our coverage isn’t done yet. I handled the Man Cup coverage and live broadcast program myself, and David and I will circle around this week to do a ‘From The Tower’ and a limited road race report.
I sometimes wonder if anyone cares that we spend 16+ hour days producing our trackside coverage, so I’m glad to read this. We’ll have something up on the site by the end of the week.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenJanuary 2, 2016 at 9:20 am #58784
Do most of the members of this forum realize that the Daytona Man Cup event was the smallest of the three events going on in Daytona?
Didn’t think so.
This is something I’d truly like to get better numbers on. I’d love to see overall entry totals and actual physical competitors at each venue.
I think its hard to state that Man Cup was the ‘smallest’ without knowing the actual numbers, Greg. Otherwise, you’re just making statements based on past historical data and assumptions.
To its credit, the Man Cup race was a solid return to form for the WKA, and part of the overall swing of health in terms of Kartweek, I believe. I was told that the Dirt numbers were down a little, and that the RR was pretty much the same. Man Cup had about 260 entries each day, for a total of over 500 for the two-day event. At all three venues, you’d expect that most drivers run multiple classes. In Man Cup, however, with the new class structure, not as many people are doing that, which is interesting. I just looked at the Junior classes (LO206 Junior, Yamaha Junior and IAME Junior) and only 11 of the 27 Yamaha Junior drivers did double duty in IAME, and 1 Yamaha Junior also ran LO206 Junior. In Senior, only 6 of the 47 IAME Senior drivers drove Yamaha Senior as well. This is definitely a shift in overall numbers. I’d expect there were close to 200 individual drivers at the Man Cup race.
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December 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm #58683
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It’s been a long and exciting day here at Daytona International Speedway and we are wrapped for the week. Thanks to everyone for listening to the broadcast. We’ll have the race report posted tomorrow.
Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenDecember 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm #58682
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Rob Howden - eKartingNews.com Publisher / Editor - @RobHowdenDecember 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm #58681
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