Before I had a driver's license, I built models and raced go karts. I learned to weld, paint, rebuild engines, and service bearings. I also learned how to improve a vehicle's reliability, make it handle better, accelerate faster, stop faster, and what the tradeoffs are. I learned how to drive smoothly, concentrate, and anticipate things that could go wrong. Here are a few old photos of the go karts.
Racing at Baer Field Raceways, Fort Wayne, Indiana, July 1962
My younger brother and me at the track
My sons on Dune bug I built for them in 1983
Original Go-Kart, built from kit, kit cost $129.95 (unwelded w/engine) in 1959
Twin engines ruled in 1962
We had fun, learned a lot, and won a couple trophies too!