is a stepping stone to greater things in international motor
sport. While the motor racing culture prevalent down south
took over 40 years to create a Narain Karthikeyan, we are
sure that go-karting will do the trick to spring a dozen
Narain Karthikeyans in the next few. We have always had
the talent but didn't have the equipment nor the enthusiasm
to get involved. Thankfully all this is changing thanks
to people like Rajiv Khanna, Shyam Kothari, lndrajeet Singh,
Shrikant Shah and firms like JK Tyres, Mobil, TVS-Suzuki
an age where the average cosmopolitan Indian household boasts
of cable television and at least one or two family members
do get to watch the Formula One Grand Prix races live during
the course of the season, go-karting can be said to have
come to India at the right time. Weighing the benefits of
the sporting aspect of go-karting is always a most pleasurable
chore but there is an even more uplifting social cause which
we see in this activity. Today's youngsters have a new cause
to indulge themselves in a most clean and wholesome manner
rather than whiling away their free time on pursuits like
pool, pin ball games and the such. There is a whole new
meaning to their creativity and also a channel of expression
which they can identify with.
the subject of the sport though, there is some apprehension.
The go-karting circuits have all been made to give a taste
of the game to the uninitiated. That's very good. But now
these very same folks are clamouring for the sporting aspect.
Sadly there is quite a load of grey because of there being
no karting federation or any framing of rules. As always
the FMSCI in its infinite wisdom is yet busy studying the
karting scenario and has yet to frame rules for the sport.
We sincerely hope the FMSCI plays no role in this form of
the sport and lets those who have set up the tracks to form
a national karting federation. Indian motorsport can do
with this sort of an approach. This highlights the role
karting has played in the careers of some of the world's
best Grand Prix drivers. We seek your feedback to make this
form of motor sport a major success.
Twenty minutes from Ashrarn crossing on
the Delhi-Agra GT road is located 'Destination Point'. This
is a family entertainment centre with bowling, video and
pool parlours, rock climbing facility, a conference hall
and a fast food restaurant. The go-kart track is a short
circuit over 280m and is a tightly twisting course. Although
the regular single-engined karts are essentially fun karts
the facility has a twin-engined kart which is fast and is
only for experienced drivers. At Gurgaon near Delhi the
second karting track at 32nd Milestone is also operative.
Located in Powai, overlooking the lake,
the Hiranandani Garden Estate is the picturesque setting
where the 600m long go-kart track caters to a large number
of enthusiasts every evening. A single twin-engined kart
is for the experts and single-engined karts provide the
bulk of the drivers with the machinery to practice and improve
to a level where they can graduate to the faster twin-engined
On the Delhi-Chandigarh GT Road at the union
territory border just twenty minutes from the heart of the
city is the 350m track which boasts three twin-engined karts,
the rest as usual are with single engines.
The track at lndore is also conveniently
located on the main GT Road, 15 minutes from the city at
Ninth Mile Recreation Centre - also a family entertainment
centre, the facilities include video parlours and related
fun and games besides the 250m long kart circuit.
Opposite the new high court which is 4km
f rorn the city centre the kart track is 33Okm long and
also has the popular but restricted to experienced drivers
use doubie-engined kart.
Along the Lucknow-Kanpur highway slightly
further away in terms of kilometres, 17km to be exact, situated
along mango groves the 33Okm long kart circuit caters to
young and old alike every evening.
Indian Kart Manufacturers for the Sagitta Thundercat
Karts contact: Shrikant Shah, Advance Auto Concepts Pvt.
Ltd., A-18, H-Block, Pimpri - MIDC, PUNE 411 018. Tel: 00-761006
Fax: 020-758991 e-mail: email@example.com
For the Genesis K2 and Trailblazer karts contact:
lndrajeet Singh, VISIONS, CONCEPTS & REALITIES, BC,
7113, Elphinstone Road, Camp, BELGAUM 590 001. Tel: 0831-428394
1 432312 Fax: 0831-429685
Tyres are a most important prerequisite to experience
the cornering capability of these spindly racers. The tremendous
'g forces' a kart can pull at full chat thru' a fast sweeping
corner is something to be experienced first hand. Sadly,
the better the tyre, the more the grip but also the quicker
is the wear. With the rental karts though,
there is tremendous wear and tear on the tyres and once
the tyres have gone past their best, they start sliding
more and gripping less, even though it might not show on
For the rental kart business in India there is help
at hand. While JK Tyres hasn't got into kart tyre manufacture
as yet, a Pune based firm by the name of Trident International
has got clued into the act and begun importing Apexis go-kart
tyres from Taiwan. Shyam Gyanani is the man who has ambitions
to keep the wheels of this sport turning. Apexis tyres have
earned a name for themselves in all levels of kart racing
in Australia, Europe and North America. Besides slick tyres
(pictured on the right),Trident can also supply special
wet tyres as also such accessories as tubeless valves, all
of which are available ex-stock according to a press note
which we received at our editorial office.
For the Apexis go-kart tyres contact:
Survey 70/a, Rashmi Industrial Estate,
PUNE 411 040.
Tel: 020-671722 1 401660
Fax: 020-674673 1 401662