I stumbled upon this forum topic awhile ago, and I think this is something really important that we as an industry need to know and understand. One of the most important things we need to do is to clarify the intentions of karting, and I think we need to go after the line of thinking in Mike’s 3rd description; that karting is an end in and of itself. It is not just a stepping stone to be looked over and trampled on. We are a sport and an industry that deserves to be so much more than that. But anyway, after thinking about it for awhile, and thinking how I would describe it to someone without a clue about racing or karting at all, here’s what I came up with:
– Karting is like the craziest roller coaster in the world, but you’re in control. It’s you and your constantly developing skill level that determines how far you can push the edge when your only an inch off the ground, inches away from fellow competitors. Further, karting is the purest form of automotive racing in the world, and the relationship you build over time with the kart and its dynamics is something that cannot be described, only experienced.
“Karting was pure driving, real racing. And that… that makes me happy”