Go-Karts - America's latest innovation in the light-weight motor racing field - made their first track appearance in Britain at a meeting near Coventry August 15.
SV.PAN.ZOOM IN - From spectators to Go-Kart engines.
CU.PAN. Mechanic adjusts engine.
FULL CU. Cylinder.
CU. Rider prepares.
SV.PAN. Start of race.
TRACKING SHOT.Race in progress.
SV.PAN. Another rider.
SV.PAN. Karts around track.
SCU. Chequered flag.
SV.PAN. Man drives Go-Kart toward car park.
SPORT: GO-KART RACING
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Background: Go-Karts - America's latest innovation in the light-weight motor racing field - made their first track appearance in Britain at a meeting near Coventry August 15.
Hundreds of spectators lined the Brandon speedway course to see the "deckchairs on wheels" go through their paces, reaching up to 60 mph on the dusty circuit.
No gears, no clutch, no springs, no body - tiny wheels on a tubular steel frame, direct steering with the drivers feet on the front axle, and 100 miles to the gallon on a lawn mower engine. That's the Go-Kart in a nutshell.
In the United States the "little whizzes" are already big business. Nearly 100,000 have been built and sold in two years by about 50 firms. The craze is spreading fast and has now hit Britain where similar motorised soapboxes are being built under the name of Tro-Kart.
Go-Kart clubs have been formed at Northampton and Croydon, and "backyard specials" are being built by amateurs.