Short History of Go Karts

McCulloch MC-10The history of go karts is quite interesting. American Art Ingels is believed to be the founder of go kart racing. In 1956, he built the first ever go kart, much to everyone’s amazement. American Art Ingels is a hot rodder and race car manufacturer in America. After the first successful kart was built in 1956, karting quickly spread like wildfire all across America, and even to other countries. Today, karting is a well-known sport and recreational activity all across Europe and is performed by many people each and every day.

Three years later, in 1959, McCulloch began to produce specialized engines for go karts. Their first product aimed at the go kart market was the McCulloch MC-10, a modified two-stroke chainsaw engine. By the 1960’s, many people yearned for more power in their kart, so they decided to use motorbike engines instead of smaller engines.

In the 70’s, go karting was becoming incredibly popular in Europe and was also one of the most popular sports in America. The modern go kart design was also introduced in the 70’s, with the engine relocated to the side of the kart, rather than at the back. This allowed for a more comfortable experience, and also a lot more leg room allowing for taller racers to take place.

Briggs and Stratton emerged into the go kart market during the late 70’s and produced some of the most popular engines. However, regulatory bodies were formed shortly after to make go-karting an official sport, rather than just a pastime. The World Karting Association and the International Karting Federation were formed in Mississippi. Oval circuits were the standard. However, street racing also became incredibly popular.