Do You remember riding on a go-cart?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by MichaelM, 14 Oct 2007.

  1. MichaelM

    MichaelM Veteran

    Out on a ride today, I saw two kids playing on a go-cart - complete with pram wheels and steering rope - well cool :biggrin:

    Can't remember the last time I saw anyone playing on one. Took me back to being a kid and put a smile on my face.
  2. urbanrider

    urbanrider New Member

    Oh no thats all i need now, kids on Go-Karts over taking me :biggrin:...does bring back the years though:biggrin:
  3. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Maybe you rode through a time-portal without realising it, a la 'Goodnight Sweetheart!'

    Or maybe there are people that still build go-karts, miraculous and rare though that is...either way very good! :rolleyes:
  4. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Over the Hill
    Go Carts - yep great fun. Most of today's kids have missed out on being that lucky.
  5. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Yep !! down the tip with a hacksaw to sort out the wheels.
    quick trip to nearest building site to purloin a scaffold plank or two, and off you go.
    Great fun ! Although with no brakes immensely dangerous !!
  6. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    i had a ickle pink beetle pedal car when i was ickle. :biggrin:
  7. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    I call your beetle car and raise you to a yellow with red wings Noddy car Ma'am.
    My cousin (flash bar steward) had an Austin seven. I always hated him !!
  8. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    We made a go-kart when we were younger. I don't think Rick Pearces teeth ever grew quite straight after the dentist put them back:wacko:
  9. Big Bren

    Big Bren New Member

    A friend of mine decided to relive the nostalgia of his youth by taking his own son out to the garage and constructing with him a trolley of the old school design; pram wheels, railway sleeper, steering rope etc. The trolley was then transported to the park nearby and the lad did a solo test drive down a pretty nasty hill; Top Gear rocket car antics ensued - the trolley went out of control, flipped and landed on top of laddo, almost breaking his neck.

    The victims mother has forbidden any further father/son trolley shenanigans, so whilst he sits inside manipulating pixels on his Xbox 360, the trolley stands forlorn in the corner of the garage, a stark representation of our risk averse society.

  10. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    This was all fields when i was a lad.
  11. Mr Celine

    Mr Celine Discordian

    Go kart? It was called a bogie when I were a lad.

    My worst karting injury was a smashed up finger which still bears the scars. Due to accidents and over-zealous cornering I had run out of pram wheels so resorted to butchering an old trike for a replacement rear wheel set. The axle was rather awkwardly mounted due to the presence of the sprocket at the centre. Shortly after this modification had been made I was being towed along by a mate and in a flash of inspiration had the idea of using the sprocket as a rudimentary brake. A piece of iron bar could be hinged so as to drop onto the sprocket and lock the wheels, which would also give rise to some really cool skids. But which way did the sprocket freewheel? I touched it with my finger to find out.......there was a clearance of about a centimetre between the sprocket and the back of the bogie, and there just happened to be a nail sticking out there. Unfortunately I discovered that the sprocket did not freewheel in the direction I had hoped, which resulted in my finger being mashed up between the sprocket and the nail. :ohmy:xx(
  12. slow down

    slow down New Member

    Yeah - bread crate, pram wheels, few bits of scrap wood and a bit of rope - it was only half way down the hill that you realised that the streering didn't actually work that well and that you'd forgot about fitting brakes :biggrin:
  13. jonathan ellis

    jonathan ellis Well-Known Member

    Don't know how we survived really

    used to go down a steep road in Swainby North Yorkshire with no brakes.

    Frequently veered off course into thorns and nettles and then did it again straight away

    madness but fun
  14. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Ahhh, the memories :rolleyes:
    An abandoned pram didnt stay where it was for 5 minutes....hauled away, axles sawn off and hidden away for the next cart. Cant begin to remember what we did with the other 90% of the pram :biggrin::biggrin: it'd be called fly tipping nowadays.

    Dont know about thorns and nettles, but we used to race like fury round corners (on our bikes...) ....and crash into privet hedges...deliberately. See who could land in the top of a 5 or 6 ft high privet....the joy :rolleyes::biggrin:
  15. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Go-karts - tremendous! Although my Dad insisted it was a "guider"

    What's all this talk of no brakes though? Are you lot insane? A good pair of shoes stamping on the front wheels was all you needed, a la Indiana Jones, but not to be attempted at high-speed.

    My worst injuries were grazed knees, which averaged I'd guess every second ride. The fastest (and riskiest) "mode" was lying headfirst, steering by using hands on the axle rather than the rope.

    I even remember a story in primary school that was read to us about go-karts, wherein a boy named "Spit Nolan" met his maker despite being the best go-karter around.

    ps Buggi and Elmer - they aint go-karts! Got to be home-made to qualify. Unless you pair are particularly adept mechanics with an eye for aesthetics.
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