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Duffy Livingstone who will always be remembered as the father of the Go Kart died August 13, 2017 aged 92.  


Because of his sports car fabrication and racing activities Duffy often consulted with his friend Art Ingels who worked at the famous Kurtis Kraft race car plant in Glendale California. During a visit to Art's place Duffy saw the Ingels' creation; a small tubular frame attached to four wheels at each corner and powered by a lawn mower engine. Art's invention stuck in Duffy's mind. He immediately started to construct his own version of Art's machine after getting the OK from Art, one for himself and one for a friend. Then another friend wanted one and another and another. Duffy then called Art and organised a play day at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Rose Bowl at that time attracted quarter midgets and many of their owners also wanted to know where they could obtain these new fangled miniature cars. Duffy drew up plans and put together materials lists and started to supply kits of parts to the converts; Go Kart Manufacturing was born.




All of Duffy's years of involvement in kart racing as a driver, mechanic, kart manufacturer, co-founder of organised karting and the Go Kart Club of America which evolved into the International Kart Federation, have been honoured by the International Kart Federation through their Duffy Awards, a bronze statuette of 'Joe Karter' 12 inches tall mounted on a wooden base 6 inches high. These statuettes are presented every year to IKF National Champions. Duffy also served as an International Kart Federation Board Member and was a Past President of the International Kart Federation.




Incidentally there are YouTube videos of Duffy telling the story about the beginning of Karting and as well an entertaining recollection concerning the 1961 Nationals when the race distance was changed from 10 laps to 15 laps requiring Duffy to come up with an ingenious method of carrying extra fuel using an inner tube; all worth watching.


As well as karting Duffy enjoyed building and flying complex radio controlled multiengine model aircraft. As a young teenager back in Pasadena he worked in a model shop for 75 cents a week; there he developed a fondness for the scaled down aircraft.


Around the early 1990's Duffy retired to Grants Pass, Oregon from Costa Meza, California with his second wife Deedee. There they kept 7 dogs at one time, rescued three donkeys, a couple of goats and a few sheep; Duffy sure liked things with four legs and four wheels. Later Duffy and Deedee would relocate to Ooltewah, Tennessee.


In 1939 aged 14 when he started working in the Pasadena model shop his given name of Frank gave way to Duffy for some forgotten reason; however his massive contribution to the early days of the sport of Karting will never be forgotten.


Frank Weir



Info CIK-FIA/ © Photos  Enzo Falconi Collection, Go Kart Manufacturing Co., Graeme Barwick


Karting Loisir > USA



Situé en bordure des chutes du Niagara, côté américain, le complexe de Clifton Hill offre de multiples attractions aux familles de touristes qui visitent en très grand nombre ce site emblématique. Une "piste" de karting sera prête à l'automne. Il s'agit cependant davantage de divertissement que de loisir. Premier point surprenant, les "pilotes" ne portent pas de casque. Les "karts", monplaces ou biplaces, très inspirés des origines du karting plutôt que par les dernières avancées de la technologie, sont équipés d'arceaux et de ceinture de sécurité. Le tracé très typé fête foraine comportera une sorte de rampe comme celles des parkings avant de plonger sur une descente genre toboggan géant. 




D'autres sites exploitent cette veine comme celui de Branson dans le Missouri. Pas moins de 14 pistes différentes aux noms évocateurs sont proposées à un large public: Heavy Metal High Rise, Wild Woody, Lumberjack, Road Course, ou Classic Go-Karts en photo ci-dessous. 




Les participants s'en donnent à coeur joie sur ces karting-manèges en arborant des sourires très américains. Bien que certaines doivent encore exister en Europe, ces attractions typées années 60 cèdent le pas sur le vieux continent à une offre de karting loisir très développée, plus orientée vers la vitesse et la sécurité, plus moderne et plus sûre.



Info Kartcom / Photo 1 Clifton Hill - Photos 2 et 3 Branson's track

International > CIK-FIA



The CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific Championship (KZ & OK categories) is scheduled on the Macau track (MAC), from 8th to 10th December 2017. The 2016 edition was won by the French Tom Leuillet (Sodi / TM Racing / MG). The CIK-FIA Competition at Macao is highly regarded for its 1203 metre track, the warm welcome and for the excellent organisation by the Automobile General Association Macao-China. Beyond the sporting aspect, it is also a great opportunity for chassis and engine manufacturers to shine in front of the Asian market.


Like in 2016, for logistical reasons, Drivers will use the tyres of their choice from among those homologated by the CIK-FIA. They will bring their own tyres to Macau, with barcodes, which will be registered by the scrutineers of the event. Entry is open from August 17th on the site, at a cost of €458 until November 9th.



Info CIK-FIA / © Photo AAMC

Pilot > Suleiman Zanfari



Suleiman Zanfari has a long history with the Euro Final in Vienna. The young Moroccan driver participated for the fourth consecutive time in the summer event held in Austria on the Speedworld circuit, this year responding to the invitation from the Lotus Karts team for this race for Rotax engines. Ranked 5th in 2015, then 3rd in 2016, in 2017 he reached the second step of the podium.


Suleiman made a very good run at the weekend of 12th and 13th August, confirming his marked improvement since the start of the season. Fast and incisive, he raced in the top three at the start of the meeting before threatening the leader during the Final.


"I am satisfied with my performance in Austria," said Suleiman. "The team worked hard to fine-tune the setup of my kart and I was able to fight at the front. Starting from the front row made it possible to enrich my experience. I think I really deserved to get on the second step of the podium."


Suleiman's training programme does not relax during the summer with preparation continuing for his first World Junior Championship at PFI in September.


Info Kartcom / © Photo AZ-KSP

National Event > Belgium



A veritable success story, the Belgian Karting Championship Series will already reach it's epilogue on this third weekend of August . Whereas all the titles are still to be decided in each of the seven categories , nearly 200 drivers from the four corners of Europe and even further afield will come face to face on the famous Limbourg track . There can be no doubt , to enable this 2017 campaign to conclude like a huge sporting fireworks, the Organization has gone to great lengths to put on a great spread !

After two stages at Mariembourg and Francorchamps ,both as well disputed as they were successful ,the 2017 Belgian Karting Championship will conclude this weekend at the International Circuit of Genk. In the region of Limbourg, almost 200 drivers - something never seen in our country ! - coming from 12 different nations will cross swords within the seven categories supervised by the RACB, the KNAF (the Dutch Federation for automobile sport) and IAME Belgium. The epilogue of this 2017 campaign will be more than ever worth it's weight in gold as no national crown has yet been decided before this final rendezvous ! In this extremely competitive context , and following some snags observed at Francorchamps, the organizers wish to remind at the same time that they have reinforced their observation team to ensure the respect of the sporting and human values to which they adhere. Somet hing which should calm the fervour of some and ensure a great spectacle tinted by fair play during all the weekend.


X30 Super : De Pauw on the heels of Collignon
If not the biggest field in terms of quantity, the catégory X30 Super, that of Élites, will offer a plateau qualitatively high and homogeneous ! Very fast since the satrt of the season, Ulysse De Pauw has hardly been well served by success...Betrayed by mechanicals at Mariembourg and at Francorchamps, the young lad from the Brabançon region hopes that luck will smile upon him this time to be able to fight with equal arms to the end with Corentin Collignon from France. Leader of the competition , the latter knows that he certainly may not rest on his laurels this weekend. Crouching in the shadows of these two, William Godefroid is ready and waiting to rise to the occassion at the smallest opportunity.




X30 Senior : Total indecision !
Explosive ! Bringing together no less than almost sixty drivers from eight differents countries, the category X30 Senior (accessible as of 14 years) promises a great spectacle during these two days of racing. Briefly leaving the reins of the competition in the hands of his compatriot Xavier Dias after the qualifying heats in the Ardennes, the French driver Franck Chappard recovered his provisional throne in the Final even although he did not particularly shine in it . Finishing only fourth, the young driver from the Ile-de-France region had to make the most of the mechanical disappointements of his rival henceforth distanced in the race to the title. Winner at Francorchamps, the Dutch driver Daan Steenman has climbed to third place and now joins Belgian drivers Ries Viverette et Hugo Tessarro in the chase behind Chappard.
As if the indecision was not great enough, some ex-hopefulls having shone the Belgian colours at international level will come to play it out with the young pretenders . This will be the case for Sébastien Bailly, Jérémy Peclers and Mathieu di Giacomo.

X30 Junior : Goldstein puts the pressure on Lomko
The proceedings will be equally passionate in X30 Junior where over 40 drivers between 12 and 15 years of age will come face to face. Authoritative winner at Francorchamps, the Russian Vlad Lomko will have a hard job keeping Elie Goldstein in check. Very regular,the grandson of François Goldstein from Brussels, five times World Karting Champion between 1969 and 1975, will want to give a last winning strike on the track at Genk to be able to take another national title after the one he won in X30 Cadet two years ago . Those who have moved up an age category since the beginning of the season, the rookies Valon Janssen (winner at Mariembourg) and Arthur Ronvaux, would like to finish this national campaign with flair and, why not, create a surprise.
In a very international peloton, it will also be extremely interesting to follow the performances of the Belgian hopefulls Antoine Potty and Xavier Handsaeme, the British drivers Zach Rippley, Jamie Rogers and Jeremy Walker, the Germans Josh Dufek and Dean Mussenbroek, the French Enzo Leveque and Jules Mettetal, the Spaniard Mari Boya, the Finn Leevi Litukento, the Danish driver Daniel Trager as well as the American Alejandro Jaramillo.




X30 Cadet : Sinty in control ?

Already three times champion of Belgium in Mini, Johan Sinty has begun well in X30 Cadet (11-14 years). Growing intelligently in force during each race weekend, the young driver from Lahamaide has made the habit of surprising his rivals when the tension mounts. This is why he reigned as master in the Finals at Mariembourg and Francorchamps. As the saying goes « things always come in threes », but a certain Noah Maton, also excellent in his discovery of this category, would like to belie le proverb !

Even if the title will probably play out between these two, Alessandro Tudisca, Behhan Danhier and Darek Egyed will offer a battle with daggers drawn to gain the smallest step of the podium.


Mini : Ploeg as referee in the duel Abraham-Louis
Proof of excellent form in national karting, the category Mini is one with the most entries since the start of the season . At Genk, almost thirty future stars aged between 8 and 11 years will have rendezvous on a track who's perfect trajectories remain in the memories of Max Verstappen and Stoffel Vandoorne. With this in mind, we are directed towards a three way match : all three authors of a "without fault " at Mariembourg and Francorchamps, Kimmy Abraham and the Dutch lad Bart Ploeg dominate the top of the general classification. But these two must be aware of Victor Louis : showing excellent speed which notably allows him to dominate the Belgian ASAF Karting Series in front of Abraham, the lad from Rochefort hopes to surprise everybody on the line, especially as the suppression of the worst result will allow him to efface his worst result in the Final at Mariembourg.




X30 Super Shifter : Shock Bakker-Palmaers

Completely opposed to the small chassis Mini propulsed by a motor Parilla 60cc ,on the scale of performances, the karts in the category X30 Super Shifter will delight the public lovers of extreme sensations in Limbourg. At the wheel of these machines équipped with a 6 speed gear box and a 175cc motor, the drivers don't have time to be bored, especially when the national title is on the line ! Separarated only by one point (and perfect equality if we deduct their worst result), the Dutch driver Roy Bakker and the BelgIan Olivier Palmaers have shared the victories during the first two stages of the championship. This weekend, the sums are therefore very simple: he who finishes in front of the other will be champion !

Mathematically, Frederik Op de Beeck and the Dutch driver Jesse Smeets may still hope to win the title, but they would have to count on a big failure from the two leading men to emerge.


X30 Shifter : Grégoire ... logically
Yet again with gear boxes,but equipped with a motor 125cc this time, the way seems to be open for Corentin Grégoire. Imperial at Mariembourg as well as Francorchamps, the young driver from Namur should, without disaster, take the crown Sunday afternoon. Especially as the category X30 Shifter will have no more than five drivers at the start : Cédric Collaers having moved to X30 Super Shifter, the top spots will be played out between Thomas Vansteenberghe, Youri Haumont, Raphaël Baertsoen and Anthony Marpaux.

X30 Master : Kieltyka still green
Ex Belgian hopefull, Fabio Kieltyka made a great come back in X30 Master this year. Amonst these drivers of 25 years or more and weighing more than 80 Kg, the driver from Liege is unbeaten since the first event in Mariembourg. His lead of 11 points in the championship (before deduction) gives him a bit of a margin against the competition , but he should be aware of David Jacobs particularly at ease at Genk, a circuit where the driver from Brussels took his first national title one year ago.
The nice surprise this season, the Frenchman Jonathan Wemaux who has always had his word to say and will always take the opportunity to shine if possible when present. Behind, in the absence of some regulars, the Luxembourg driver Alain Bazard and the Dutchman Wilco Schaaphok should be able to regain some places in the final classification of the championship.

Titles, but not only that !
Apart from the national crowns, various « carrots » are also in play this weekend. The first three in each category will receive a free entry to the IAME International Final which will take place at Le Mans from 9th to 15th October. The first ten Belgian drivers in X30 Junior, X30 Senior and X30 Super, as well as the six first Belgians in X30 Master, the three first Belgians in X30 Super Shifter and X30 Shifter, as well as the first five in Mini...will automatically be qualified for this event. Concerning the qualifying places for the Dutch drivers, these will be awarded at the final of their own championship at Emmen, at the end of the month of September.
Also, as part of the Monoplace Wheel programme organised by the RACB National Team, we would like to remind you that the two best Belgians in the championship X30 Super as well as the best Belgian in X30 Senior, will automatically be qualified for the second part of the selection which will take place at the wheel of a 4- and 2- stroke kart on a circuit to be decided on 27th September.

27 starts in the programme
With the X30 Senior peloton divided into 4 groups and X30 Junior into 3, no less than 27 starts will be given this weekend at Genk. The qualifying sessions will begin Saturday at 2.45pm and will be followed by the first eight qualifying heats...then the Drivers' Presentation at 6.40 pm. . On Sunday after the Warm-Ups, eleven qualifying heats will take place as of 9.50 am . Then as of 2pm the start will be given for the first Final . The Prize Giving Ceremony will take place as of 5.20pm, a geat occassionn to give applause to the winners of the day, and at the same time, the new 2017 Belgian Champions !


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