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Fast Go Carts - Pure Fun!

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Fast Go Carts - Pure Fun!

Matthew Johnson
December 10, 2005

If you are looking for action get ready for some exciting adrenaline-pumping action. Go carts, either racing or off road, is a thrill you won't soon forget!

The heart-pumping excitement of speeding down the track in a fast go cart, just inches from other gocarts on either side, is an experience that is hard to beat. Who will be the first to lift off the gas pedal as you race bumper to bumper entering a sharp corner? Racing off road or on a paved track in one of your sleek go carts, maneuvering around sharp corners and lesser gocart drivers, is just about as fun as it gets for kids or adults alike. Slamming the accelerator to the floor as you pass mere inches alongside other drivers is a thrill that will forever be remembered. Experience the fun and excitement of go carting and you'll be hooked for life.

If you have ever witnessed a Formula One race or watched those Indy Cars traveling by at about 240 MPH as you sit in Victory Circle you know how exciting it can be. The speed. The danger. There's nothing quite like it. Unless you are climbing into one of those off road or racing gocarts yourself. If you thought watching was fun you should try racing yourself. Revving up your engine, slowly pulling it out on the track, the anticipation is almost unbearable. It's hard to wait for the green flag and the moment you can pounce on the gas pedal. But once that flag is waved, and you press the accelerator down in your gocart with all your might , and you feel an immediate burst of power as your go cart lunges forward and your heart beats like it is ready to pop out altogether. What a thrill. What unsurpassed excitement.

If you ever wondered what it would be like racing Formula One there is one way to find out, go carts, only without so much of the danger. Start with safe beginner go carts and work your way up to faster classes. It may also be the best method of working your way into a professional racing career. Many top professional drivers today got their start with the lowly go cart. Once you master driving go carts you can take the next logical step and move into the arena of professional racing. If you're fast you'll get discovered, no doubt. But if you are not so motivated, and just want the thrill without the commitment, remaining in a beginner go cart will always be exciting.

Go carts are an ideal entry point for the amateur driver, whether off road or track racing. Beginner go carts are easy to drive and control. If you've ever driven a car you know how to drive a gocart. And depending at what level you belong to it's a safe hobby. Losing control of your vehicle is not like losing control of your car on the highway. There are seldom any serious injuries with gocarting. At least not with the beginner go carts. No, the thrill is there without so much of the danger. Go carting is a scaled-down version of Formula One racing. The difference is that there are many different levels that you can become involved in. Anywhere from safe beginners to fledgling professionals.

In fact, you don't even have to go to a specific go cart track for racing. Many people find what they need at amusement parks and fun centers. If safe and slow is what you have in mind there are many places for inexperienced drivers to get a thrill. Find tracks geared toward the least experienced drivers to ovals where you can train to become a professional driver. You can choose your own competition level. No need to get in too deep, at least not until you've had a little experience. The main objective with racing or off road carting is to have fun. And once you get into your own go cart, no matter what level you are competing in, the fun just never seems to end.

But be warned, once you try go carting chances are you'll become addicted. It's a foregone conclusion, so beware. If you're interested in purchasing a shiny new gocart that's ready for racing you can do that. But you can also buy inexpensive kits and build your own gocarts these days. Building your own will give you more confidence in yourself as a driver too. You can learn how to do just about everything from installing rack and pinion steering to changing tires. In no time at all you will be the race driver and the mechanic as well. Wouldn't it be fun to install your own brand new custom engine designed for improving the speed of go carts? Or changing your old frame with a new frame that will make your ride even flashier? Perhaps you will want to get into electric go carts instead of gas powered go carts. The way gas prices have been climbing these days electric gokarts are definitely something you want to think about.

But here is the bottom line: it's fun to race at any speed and at any level. And whatever level you choose to race in, these go carts will reach speeds that will be exciting and thrilling. And that's what counts. But don't start getting nervous just yet. Remain calm. If thinking about going fast makes you nervous just remember that there are opportunities for thrills at every level, even at the beginning level. You do not need to go 80 MPH to experience the thrill of the race. If you have ever thought about getting involved with go carts, now is a good time because you are never too old. It's exciting at any age. So get involved with go karts and discover all the excitement you've been missing in your life.

About the author: Matthew Johnson is an amateur go cart driver. He does not compete professionally, but enjoys racing and driving off road for fun. For more information about go carts please visit his site at http://www.mygocarts.com

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