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  • #33955

    Keith Bridgeman
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    First time to Gingerman since 1999 when the old SKUSA Great lakes series would run there.     Great weekend.   Tracks a bit bumpy but the track layout and everything else was great.   It was fun running the whole series this year.   Will be back to do it again next year.

    Yes, if you have a kart of any kind in the Midwest its a must run series.   I would say its pretty much the main shifter kart series in the Midwest now to.

    #33954

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    It should use the KG 8.5 liter tank which is the most common

    http://www.fastech-racing.com/kg-fuel-tank-8.5-liter.html.

    Yeah you don’t want the one you have to slide into the frame rails.

    #33127

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Tim that was a great observation.  Your right.  I’ve raced the RIGP 8 times and participation from the shops has dwindled to nothing.  Its not on any shops calendar anymore.   Other high profile street races have come up and there are more racing options then there are racers.  But your right for the most part its a do it yourself kind of event now.  Most of all the shifter or TAG guys running a series are part of a large shop or team.

    I was asking myself why I haven’t went the last two years.   One year a job change.  The next is basically having three kids under 8 makes it hard.  This year I decided to do the CES full series.   Other then the team participation I think the fact that the track has not changed and has gotten much rougher is a reason some don’t come.

    #31891

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Hey Stewart,  you might want to look at a RIGP race newer then 2010.  Haybales are no longer used.    A street race that been around since 1995 would seem to have some value to most.   SKUSA use to be apart of the RIGP with some very strong fields.   Club race to Supernats comparo is ummm  interesting for sure

    #31636

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Regardless of how the even went.  You have to give SKUSA credit for trying something so ambitious.   Many things can and need to be changed and I’m sure they are all being looked at.

    There is one for sure way to NOT get in front of new potential karters and that’s not doing anything at all.

     

    Also I never saw SKUSA claiming this was aimed at trying to get new people into the sport.   This was a high level race as part of their championship.   There are no beginner kid kart classes here.      The last Supercross or Motocross race I went to I didn’t see much in the way of how to get my son racing at the local track.   It was meant for pure entertainment for the best.   Can you seek out those answers.   Yes but not every race is meant to do this.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    #31499

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Ok, I just have to.   I’ve never seen so many crazy posts on a race as there have been on Facebook on this race.   Not a peep on here?

    #30726

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    The Super Kart Illustrated mag limited run got my attention.  That would be cool.

    #30682

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    I just put a post up on the general page stating we need some new idea on this site.  One of mine would be a section for all race series to input a weekend update or some type of recap.  I agree,  there needs to be more info the CES and many other series.

    I also think the word Enduro is misleading.    If someone reads Enduro they might think its all 3 hour races and only laydown karts on the longest road courses.   That’s partially true but I would say Blackhawk, Grattan and many other tracks KART runs on are like big sprint tracks.   Although participation is good I would think it could still be much better.

    #30308

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Especially in Road Racing I’m kind of amazed at all the different engines that can compete.   2014 models all they way to 2000 ICC’s to built Hondas.   You name it, if you can drive it can compete.

    #26310

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    The best comparision might be the 2011-12 S1 race at the supernats.   Torsellini won S1 and the next year Simas Juodvirsis won.   Showed up and won on the Honda.     I would put Fore, Lamb and Abbassee at a higher level still.  

    It would be a good editorial from e-Karting to talk to these guys and get their opinion on running the Honda.  I’m sure they will be very political but.   I’m guess these guys wonder why we would run an old Honda over here.   Ask them their thoughts.

    #26299

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Then you must have it,  share it!

    #25785

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Your on the right track with both as Dennis said.  I’ve also owned both.   Parts can be had pretty easy for each and all models.   For the TM you need to choose from the oldest,  K9, K9b, K9C, Kz10, KZ10b.    Maxter MXO and MXV.   For Maxter one year they had a vertical read cage which wasn’t to popular.     I suppose a Vortex would be on the list also.

    #25784

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Your 36mm carb I would guess is a Keihin PJ?   You want the Keihin PWK or PWM, 38mm

    #25008

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Wheels Hub mount, 5″   I don’t know the width but I can get it.  They where the standard size for a shifter kart.

    #25007

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Another thing,  its your a fellow karter.  Something you shipped didn’t go right so,   discuss it and come up with some type of agreement on money back or something.   To just say not my problem is such a craigslist thing.

    #25001

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    I’ve shipped and received many packages and worked in the mail and shipping industry for many years.   I’ve pretty much alway had good luck with the USPS.  You can free tracking with Priority and standard package delivery.   UPS and Fedex are so dam over priced.

    The main problem I’ve seen is people don’t know how to pack things.   Tossing it in a box and slapping a piece of tap on it while shipping a heavy box is asking for trouble.  I’m amazed that some things I’ve got made it at all.

    This sound to me like a scam by the seller or he just boxed it so badly it came apart, also on the seller.    I doublt USPS is at fault here sorry.

    #22351

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    At the very tip of the best Mod motos of the day back in 00-02 I never really heard a true HP number but I bet it was around 45-48 max. Those motors where as open as you could get.

    #22350

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Start working on this event for 2015. Pick a date late in the year. Texas in July sounds nasty hot. Get a rep from all the main roadracing orgs and put together a plan. Make it a Supernats type event. Anything else sounds half assed.

    #18081

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    I agree Greg,   for some reason even if the American made TAG kart or Shifter kart was $1000 cheaper they still wouldn’t by it. 

    Trackmagic broke through that wall for a period.  

    One thing that might be holding people back is that other then Margay they all seem to not make it.  iKart needs to stay in it and strong for a good long period and build that trust.  Also if people sense its a small mom and pop shop that doesn’t intice people.  The stability of Tony Kart, CRG, Birel means something.    Thats what I can think of as a barrier.

    #18010

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Having been a huge Trackmagic Supporter I hope this works for iKart.  They really need to Market themselves well.   Its amazes me how badley this is missed.  You need to also put some damn good drivers in the seat that can win.  That was Trackmagics success point,  great drivers that stuck around more then a year.  Drivers that helped build the success.  I hope they get on the national circuit also.   I’m kind of amazed that at a race like the Supernats there wasn’t even one Margay.   Would be interesting if they built a shifter kart.

    #17153

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Make logical choices with the engines your club runs.   Bringing in the engine of the month so your clubs shop can make some $ is a poor choice.    Hmm I have a World Formula thats modified.  I want to race outside of my club but I have no wear to run.   Killer, done with the sport.

    #17150

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    It is true that there was less signage then normal.   Use to be an F1 car or a kart and poster boards.   There was nothing I saw in the gaming area.   A few people asked me what was going on out there.   If you where walking the strip you would have no idea. 

    Also if actual people came to watch that weren’t part of the event the two stands that where available aren’t enough.  I know there where two inside the pit area but they need to have three outside.   

    Also from years and years of going to AMA Motorcross and Superbike races which pit access is awesome.   If you really did want to look at karts and see what was going on.   The way the pits are set up is not good at all.   The rain made it worse but it is really hard to see much.  Its a pretty closed off atmosphere in that respect.  

    See they do 500 things right to pull this off but you can still find things that can be done better.   Every race series  you can always find something.

    #17125

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    David, thanks for asking.  What did I like best.   I thought the racing was very good.  Saw some great racing.  Aggressive?  – A bit much but there was some great close races.   I like watching rain racing but after a half a day I was over it.   Super Sunday went by to fast.

    The split days are a must.   Having raced in 2010 both my brother and I where on different half of the days which was the only way would could have done it because he helped me in the morning and I helped him in the afternoon.   I also use to think that to many classes where a bad thing but I’ve kind of changed my mind on that.   I like seeing the variety of classes and engines.  You get a little of every series in one weekend which is what the race is. 

    I don’t think this would work but I would like to see two main events for the main classes.  S1, KZ, TAG senior and maybe one or two more.   1 race on Saturday and and another on Sunday.

    It would be bad $ss if for the headline classes they could do some type knock out qualifing like F1.  This would be fun to watch and would give the top guys a bit more time on track.

    Or do a dash for cash type race at the end of one of the nights for the t0p 10 in Qualifiers in the main classes and let them have at it. 

    I know, I know there is no time but any race can change things up a bit now and then and keep it fresh.

    Maybe move the Race to early November,   I think Global cooling is taking place in Vegas over the last 5 years  What was 70 degree days seem like 55-60 now.

    #16981

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    I have to agree.  I suppose just as you suggest Facebook and other Social media might be taking some of that from these forums.  Also since the change to this forum I wonder how many users where lost.  Threads in general seem slower then before. 

    Also during the Supernats week everyone that is part of karting is there and not posting here.

    I will agree that the wramp up and post supernats where more quiet then usual but as stated above maybe its just harder to gauge.

    I went to watch and I know as a spectator the rain sucked and I’m sure the racers and Teams where worn down by three days of it.   Its one of those races that you will remember because you just got through it.

    #16575

    Keith Bridgeman
    Participant

    Food for thought after looking at the entries.   

    Out of 600 entires not one american made kart.  No Margay, Ikart or whatever.   Thats got to be concerning on some levels.

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