Morning Coffee: A November Without Christmas

23 years of SuperNationals excitement put on hold

Nov 18, 2020
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

I can’t say that I was surprised when Superkarts! USA made the announcement that they were canceling this year’s SuperNationals. Las Vegas was quickly hit hard with cancellations and closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, so I think we all expected that it was a possibility. That said, it was still tough to swallow […]

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Karting – We’re Not On Hold

Early thoughts on COVID-19s effect on our community

Mar 16, 2020
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

I’ve been in this sport for 25 years now, as a competitor and a journalist, and I’ve never experienced anything like the landscape that surrounds the ongoing evolution of COVID-19 and the government’s spectrum of reaction and associated social guideline implementations. ‘Self- isolation’ and ‘social-distancing’ have quickly become part of our dialect, and the levels […]

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Women in F1? A Better Long-Term Solution

Altering the ‘numbers game’ may provide the best ROI

Oct 10, 2018
Written by Rob Howden | 2 Comment

Today, a new promoter – W Series – announced a new women-only open wheel single-seater series with the stated intent of finding talented female race car drivers for potential graduation to Formula 1.  While reading through the responses to the announcement on social media – many negative, a lesser amount positive – my mind went […]

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Book Review: Josef, The Indy Car Driver

Collaboration between author/illustrator and racer an enjoyable success

Dec 16, 2016
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

I grew up in the 70s and 80s; an age in which we did not have the luxury of instant accessibility to information nor could we watch just about any sporting event live by simply pressing a TV remote control or clicking of a mouse button of a computer.  The annual airing of the Daytona […]

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Morning Coffee – Friday, January 8

Digging Daytona - Back at the Beach

Jan 08, 2016
Written by Rob Howden | 1 Comment

It had been a handful of years since I’d made the trek to Daytona for WKA Kartweek, jumping onto a plane bound for Florida while still digesting my second helping of Christmas dinner. After attending a string of the events in the late 2000s, I succumbed to the pressure of logging in some family holiday […]

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Morning Coffee: Wednesday – July 15

Pre-Event Testing – A Necessity or a Detriment to the Sport?

Jul 15, 2015
Written by Rob Howden | 7 Comment

If you’ve been around the sport of karting for an extended period of time, you’ve had the opportunity to watch the evolution of race weekend scheduling. We’ve went from the week-long summer karting festivals that were the old-school, well-attended IKF Grand Nationals to tight two-day events to extended three-day race weekends with Friday practice and […]

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Thank you, David Cole

10 Years…Cub Reporter to Trusted Editor

Jan 02, 2015
Written by Rob Howden | 5 Comment

When you’re in your 20s, rocking and rolling and ‘making things happen’, you scoff at the 40-something set when they tell you to stop and take a second to look around, to smell those roses. But this is sound advice. Life moves pretty fast, and it never stops, and one day you’re in your mid-40s […]

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Morning Tims v1.2 – Karting IS a Family Sport

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

Mar 07, 2014
Written by David Cole | 2 Comment

The following column is courtesy of 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 […]

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The Bottom Line – Pride in Progression

Charlie Kimball’s victory shared among karting community

Aug 07, 2013
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

Be sure to post your comments regarding the column below in the EKN Global Members Discussion section – Ed. It’s surprising to say this, but through the 20 years that I’ve been doing what I do, I don’t think that I’ve ever been this busy.  I’m currently in the middle of a 14-week stretch that […]

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The Bottom Line – EKN V2.1

EKN Publisher welcomes readers to new site platform

Jul 16, 2013
Written by Rob Howden | No Comments

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit.  And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, ‘Okay, this is the limit’. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your […]

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