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Old 22 Jul 2004, 12:33 (Ref:1043309)   #16
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I'm 5ft 11" and really struggling to get in my Gillard which is an inch longer than a CRG, but i think my seat can be adjusted.

Good luck and enjoy it!

and #15 TKM 4/, this wasn't TKM however Reece who i raced against last year had a JKH in Jnr Rotax and then said when he moved up to seniors he mentioned something to do with how the rear of the kart wasn't designed for senior, might be the trac or something to do with the width adjustment. Could have the same problem in Snr TKM though Rotax's tend to run a bit wider thank TKM in both Jnr and Snr, but still a possibility
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Old 22 Jul 2004, 16:06 (Ref:1043534)   #17
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Yes, you are both right, JKH is worse for Seniors than Juniors, and the reverse is true for Venoms. Well, that was the case with the 2001-2003 homol, but now both have tried to sort the problem. JKH have introduced a new wider V4 kart, which is quicker in both Juniors and Seniors, and Venom have introduced separate Senior and Junior karts, the Sidewinder and the Shadow.

Would still say Venom is the best chassis for Seniors atm, and JKH for Juniors, largely because it's difficult to change trends where most of the grid is on one make of chassis. You need one to jump first and show improvements before anyone else follows. FWIW, recently I've switched from my traditional Wright to JKH, and "joined the fad" so to speak, and I can't see much difference between the two karts when they're both going well, and the JKH brake is much more troublesome, but it's just more much consistent, and you can spy on the others settings

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Old 22 Jul 2004, 23:27 (Ref:1043966)   #18
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Hello again all, thanks for the advice so far! its proving very useful

Having had a look at the Senior TKM results/standings for MBKC it does look as though venom's are the most used karts, although a JKH Finished 2nd overall. So i think a venom will be the way to go, since i will probably be in need of advice in my first season so having a well known kart will be a bonus i guess!

I am opening a cash ISA tommorrow that i can pour my funds into, rendering myselft "skint" until the new year so that i have enough cash for the initial jump into karting.

Hopefully, it will all be worth it

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Old 23 Jul 2004, 13:45 (Ref:1044559)   #19
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Believe me, it will! I can remember how great my first race felt and the first season, even though i had **** results to start with until the last few rounds. It's all just a great experience!
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Old 31 Jul 2004, 22:56 (Ref:1052917)   #20
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Bit of an update.

I recieved my MSA/ARKS Karting pack, so i booked my medical in with my local doctor, Unfortunately doctors are doctors and i have to wait for 2 weeks until i can get it done (and they charge 60-80 for the service )

Hopefully i will be able to pop down to kimbolton next weekend to watch the TKM Festival and hopefully speak to some of the competitors. There is also a 2004 Tal-Ko Storm chassis for sale there that i wouldnt mind taking a look at, since if i can convince the parents to loan me a bit of cash, i could have my first chassis then i would have time to save for a brand new engine, since i have seen this seems to be a good method to start!

I had a hidden bonus the other day aswell, one of my dads friends has a son that is interested in kart racing, so we are going to ring him to see if he wants to start at the same time as me. That way we can share experience, also the other guys father owns a 2nd hand vehicle dealership so it is likely he could loan us a van for the race weekends, which would save alot of messing about and alot of money!

By the way, anyone in manchester know where i can pick a copy of Karting magazine up from? the big WH smith doesnt have it, and they have every magazine possible in there usually

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Old 5 Aug 2004, 22:59 (Ref:1057572)   #21
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um.. try logging onto www.karting.co.uk and follow the link to karting magazines website.
i think u hav to subscribe its virtually impossible to buy. normally at races people are selling copies
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Old 6 Aug 2004, 11:09 (Ref:1057997)   #22
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Some local news agents sell them. Certainly one near where mum works sells them, thats how i get mine
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Old 1 Apr 2005, 21:55 (Ref:1267455)   #23
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Update!

Hello again all

Just thought I should update you on what happened I have now started racing and my next race will be my last one on novice plates!!!

Have made a website aswell! basically just so i can record how my meetings go etc.

www.sme-racing.co.uk

Cheers for all the info you guys gave me last year
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Old 1 Apr 2005, 22:23 (Ref:1267475)   #24
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Hey, nice to see your back. Now taking a look at your site
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Old 1 Apr 2005, 22:29 (Ref:1267482)   #25
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Nice site. I remember when i first moved off Novice plates on to Red plates, great fun starting in the mid pack on the grid. Best of luck
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Old 3 Apr 2005, 22:50 (Ref:1269275)   #26
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Hey Scott, great to see you hitting the ground running

Don't know if you saw me, but was racing against you at the Platinum Cup! Was kinda tricky picking out individual drivers out of the mish-mash of 56 of us Sorry I didn't get a chance to speak to you. Look out for me on the DVD though, I'll be doing the same for you

Nice site too Seems it's a must-have now. Glad I've cottoned on now though, mine went online at the end of February - www.richardcrozier.co.uk

Best of luck for your first race in the field, get stuck in! Might be down for the Gold Cup later this year, hopefully speak to you then.
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Old 4 Apr 2005, 18:35 (Ref:1270081)   #27
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Cool, you did well in in the platinum cup, you beat plenty of the locals anyway! Cant grumble about 12th on the grid in the A final either! Shame about the understeer you suffered.

I think i should be easy to spot on the DVD, i hope anyway! I had a great battle in the B-final and i dont think there was too much going on in front of us. Will be good fun to watch anyway.

The gold cup should be good, just dont park your van too near ours, we are working out of a citroen C15, you would just make us jealous
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Old 5 Apr 2005, 08:54 (Ref:1270579)   #28
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as everyone else is showning there website *cough* www.freewebs.com/racingsd i most warn you though it has not been updated since the start of the new year, and dosnt even have my Super 1 round on it!

But i may update it soon :P
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Old 10 May 2005, 19:12 (Ref:1297692)   #29
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What Do I Need?

Just getting my son started in Jr. Rotax. He is 14 and weighs 87lbs. (40kg) I've purchased the following: Helmet/Driving Gear, base enclosed trailer (small 12'x6'), and am in the process of making final decisions on the kart. We have decided quite definatively on a new Tonykart Racer chassis (if you have any reason we should stay away from this chassis, please speak up). It will come turnkey so it has everything necessary to be Rotax legal such as the beadlocks on the wheels etc., however, it will not include data aquisition in the base package and any input is appreciated.

What I really am asking input on is what should I have in the trailer to start out and reduce the risk of being caught out without the proper tools, spares, etc. I don't want a kid bumming out because he can't race because we came unprepared.

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Old 10 May 2005, 19:37 (Ref:1297707)   #30
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Tony Kart is an extremely good chassis. Only gripe i have is the spares are expensive unlike Gillards and some others. But most the big companies including CRG which would be my other choice are pretty expensive for spares.

I'd a spare nose cone, side pods if you can, stub axles, bearings, sprocket, chain and that should start you off. Also a spare fully charged battery and some spark plugs.

Hope that helps a bit
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