The History of Go-Karts

We were testing the track at Boondocks and living the Go-Kart dream. It got us thinking… where did this idea of Go-Karts come from? At that point, we went down the rabbit hole of research. We’ve spent 83 days learning everything about Go-Karts so that you could have this simple blog to learn it all (that may not be true, but don’t judge).

Humble Beginnings

Sometime in the 1930s, there was a decision that normal size cars were too much. People craved smaller things! The open-wheeled race car was miniaturized and raced around oval tracks. Unfortunately, this lifestyle was only enjoyed by the elite upper class. Unless you had the money, you weren’t able to take in this up-and-coming sport. But a change was on the horizon…

The first “Go-Kart” was created by Art Ingles in 1956. Apparently, the free-wheeling Los Angeles lifestyle wasn’t enough for Art and he and others put their homemade Karting inventions to the test. And what better place to have a race than the parking lot of the Rose Bowl? These lightweight Karts were made out of tubular steel with no outer shell or “body,” one seat with a gas engine behind it, and itty-bitty tires.

The History of Go Karting: What You Need to Know

Most people enjoy the thrill of racing around a track in a go-kart. Whether you’re a professional or a novice, go-karting is an exciting activity that has been around for decades. But have you ever wondered where it all started? Go-karting has a long and interesting history. Let’s take a look at the history of go-karting and explore how it has evolved over the years, and where to find the best go-karts in Denver.


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Karting Origins

Go-karting began in 1956, when Art Ingels invented the first-ever go-kart. The first organized race happened in 1957 between 12 homemade machines in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in California. While Ingels’ created the first go-kart, in 1958, Duffy Livingston and Roy Desbrow started Go Kart Manufacturing, Co. They used cheap engines and created their own versions of the go-kart.

Go Karts Today

While the basic concept has not changed much since the first go-kart, modern karts are far more advanced than their predecessors. Today, go-karting has become a popular sport around the world. Professional racers can be found on tracks everywhere and many countries have their own go-karting circuits.

Karts vary greatly in speed and performance depending on the type of engine and components used.…