I am not sure what tracks in the UK have it, but there are ‘arrive and drive’ options available, or what we call ‘rental’ karts. I would contact the guys at http://www.karting1.co.uk/ to see what is available in your area.
You are never too old to be karting. The United States has drivers older than 60 and even 70 years old still racing. Karting, as a sport, is a hobby for about 95% of the people involved. The other do it as a profession, or as a building block toward professional motorsports.
Success in karting will not happen overnight. It takes hard work and determination, just like anything else. If you don’t have the funding, I would stick with ‘Arrive & Drive’ until you can afford to purchase your own kart to race competitively.
I think we should know your age and your ultimate goals. If you want to race karts for the fun of it, and the competition, then you have lots of time to save up the money to start investing in your own racing program. Once you buy your first used karting and the necessary safety equipment and tools, you’ll have equity in your own program and you can build from there.
If you want to use karting as a stepping stone to a career in racing, it will be a tough road if you don’t currently have the funding to go kart racing. Car racing is exponentially more expensive than club karting, for equipment and the crew etc.
Let us know a little more about your goals.
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