Where In the World Is Toronto Go Karting Popular

August 04, 2015

Go Karting in Toronto is enjoyed millions of people even around the world.

It is impossible to pin down a race like Toronto Go Karting as being the national sport of a particular country, and like a lot of competitive activities, it has spread like wildfire during its evolution, and has crossed land and sea to take root wherever its wheels take it.

Where Did Toronto Go Karting Originate?

Where in the World is Toronto Go Karting Popular? |

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It is generally agreed that the Founding Father of Go Karting is Art Ingles, who manufactured the first kart in California, in 1956. It is the US that gets credit for the invention of the sport.

The trend spread rather quickly, and before long go-cart (then spelt with a “c”) tracks began to appear all around America. It was as if there was something innately appealing about the fast and exciting, nitty-gritty world of the Go kart.

America, the birthplace of the kart, was, therefore, the first place in the world where the sport became popular, but the trend was not to stop there. The manufacture of the karts improved, and by the late 1950s America had a dedicated kart manufacturing company, known humbly as Go Kart Manufacturing Co, as well as a specifically manufactured Go Kart engine; the McCulloch MC-10.

Go Karting Travels to Europe

The engine company took the concept of the Go Kart to Europe, where it gained an instant following and rapidly grew to become a very popular sport. Back then, tracks were often set up in the streets for race events, a format that is still very apparent in competitive outdoor karting, such as in the Junior Monaco World Cup, for example.

In the modern world, Go Karting has, naturally, spread to other continents, and can be found in most developed countries like Canada.

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Art Ingels, Founding Father of Go Karting, assembled the first ever go kart in 19563

Indoor Toronto Go Karting- The Second Wave Of Popularity

The second wave, and the one that carried the popularity of Toronto Go Karting the next level was the rise of indoor Go Karting, such as GPK’s Toronto Go Karting facility. They can now be found in most US cities, and in many cities across Europe, and are dotted around many other countries.

The indoor venues have changed the face of Go Karting and have escalated the popularity of the activity. No longer is Go Karting only enjoyed at the level of international and national competition. It is now enjoyed on a casual basis by children of all ages, teenagers, adults, males and females of all nationalities, and just about anyone who enjoys a bit of a rush of blood!

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Indoor tracks provide the right measure of entertainment and competition and have increased the accessibility of Toronto Go Karting.

Indoor Karting is especially popular in the UK, where it exploded in the early 1990’s and reached outwards to Belgium, France, and Germany among other countries. It has taken off to some extent in the US, and here in Canada too.

For a clean, safe and exhilarating Toronto Go Karting experience, visit Grand Prix Kartways, where you can speed around one of the best Go Karting tracks in a race that will blow your senses.

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