In the beginning, the first-ever go kart was created in Los Angeles by Art Ingels in 1956. The first official organized race took place with several dozen home-built machines in 1957 in the parking lot of the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Where did the term go kart come from?
The term “go-kart” was coined by Duffy Livingston, a muffler-shop owner in Los Angeles, who went on to manufacture and sell the machines under the Go-Kart name—the first kart manufacturer. While Ingels may have built the first one, Livingston is credited with launching its popularity.
When did go karts become popular?
The duo even set up races in Rose Bowl car park in Pasadena. This led to them creating a company called GoKart in 1957, which specialised in selling Go Karting kits to the public. The popularity of these races improved tremendously in the 1960s and tracks began to sprout everywhere.
How fast is a 400cc go-kart?
Speeds of the 400-500cc go karts reach the top end of what is recommended for these buggies near almost 60 MPH. The durable construction is able to transport up to 500 lbs. of cargo without sluggish performance while the manufacturers continue to keep an eye on safety innovations and implementations.