Morning Tims v1.2 – Karting IS a Family Sport

Karting's real value is the one-on-one interaction between parent and child

Scott and his son Keidon Fletcher enjoy their Saturday's at the Waterloo Regional Kart Club. Daughter Martie now races as well, and awesome mom Kimm regularly makes it a full Fletcher family outing
(Photo: Dave Franks)

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Back in February, I had a great conversation with a karting father, talking about the sport, the rising costs of engines, the premium prices being asked for ‘special motors’, and the concept of paid ‘tuners’. As I’m sure you can guess, our talk didn’t have an overly positive tone. I’ve had multiple discussions of this nature, spending time listening to the pains that regular families are enduring when trying to manage running against the ‘haves’ in regional racing. If you’ve been in the sport for any length of time, it would be hard to argue against the fact that regional and national racing has gotten pretty out of hand in this country. Stacker trailers, full-time driver coaches, a line-up of paid mechanics, back-up equipment for your back-up equipment, home schooling and never-ending track time – this is not what karting is intended to be, at least in my opinion. But, this is motorsports, and you can’t stop people from spending money. That’s a fact.

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2 thoughts on “Morning Tims v1.2 – Karting IS a Family Sport

  1. Have been karting with my son for over 25 years. One of the smartest things I’ve every done. Every year I’ve asked him the same question. When says no, we’ll stop. The question is “are we having fun”.

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