Karting around at Mountainview
COL Martin's beloved Grafton Kart Club, once home to more than 100 drivers each meeting, has been reduced to a bare-bones group of 20-odd diehards.
“I don't think it's because people hate the sport,” the volunteer said.
“Not many people know about karting in our local area.
“But in the local area if you're keen, you can race every weekend. There are plenty of keen drivers around but there's also the financial downturn which doesn't help.”
The club holds meetings the last weekend of each month, including one tomorrow, at its Mountainview track.
And with other circuits at both Lismore and Coffs Harbour, Martin hopes now is the time for the sport's revival.
“You can start karting reasonably cheaply,” he said.
“And in our local area we have seven or eight meetings a year.
“We are known as a pretty friendly club.
“We seem to attract new members each year but we lose a few too.”
The club has three female drivers, as well as people of all ages, who get behind the wheel – which shows it's not just a sport for the revheads. Not that they're not around too.
“Lots of people love karting and go on and do other forms of motorsport,” Martin said.
“We have good young drivers like Lachlan O'Reilly.”
The Grafton Kart Club owns its track at Clarence Valley Way, Mountainview.
Practice is today with racing from 10am tomorrow. Admission is free and a canteen will be in operation.
To join contact Martin on 66447998.