There’s loads of vintage racing out there these days and one of the fastest growing segments is that of vintage karting. Karts can be found for reasonable money, they don’t have to put you into the poor house to restore and they can be transported to the track in the back of a truck or a van. All this and then you get to go out there and run full throttle, have fun with friends, and get yourself sideways on the narrow old tires that these things wore. Cool, right? Even cooler once you see this particular kart.
As we have talked about a bunch over the years, when things got really serious with karting, dual engines were the ticket to really haul ass. There was only so much power that could be wrung out of a single engine and rather than incrementally bump that, adding the second engine was a far quicker and easier solution. This cart uses two West Bend 820 engines that made about 6hp each stock. With work guys make 10-12. With 12hp this thing would be fast, with 20-24 it would be scary good.
The neat thing here is that the kart has a gearbox and not chain drives for the engines. While the chain drives are simpler, throwing or breaking chains cost lots of people races. Downsides of the gearbox were the fact that they did have more parts and they were heavier. They were popular for a time but ultimately better chains and sprockets kind of made them more expense and weight than they were worth. They’re boss now, though. Just for the vintage factor.
Check out this kart and if it suits your fancy buy it and get ready for fun!