KORTE RINK’S KART
Chassis: Aucas Kart
The driver’s name, like that of the chassis, doesn’t ring many bells and the stated year (1962) raises a few doubts. Doubts revealed by Riccardo Perrone, an historic motorsport journalist, karting enthusiast and author of the book Birel: 40 years of karting history and technique: "In my opinion, the chassis is from before the ‘60s. First of all, the tyres are sculpted, apart from, perhaps, the front left one, which is covered in dust: these tyres were used at the very beginning and were taken from industrial forklift trucks.
The seat is made of fibreglass, not upholstered and raised, which goes directly against the theory that states that a seat should be as close as possible to the ground. In addition, the steering column is supported by two tubes that hook onto the sides of the chassis and not, as was commonplace on chassis in the early ‘60s, onto the front crossbar. Along the length of the side you can also see what I think is a silencer, but it was undoubtedly fitted later on; back in those days, engines made an incredible amount of noise".
All very valid points, from a purely historical and technical aspect, but which don’t detract from the charm of a kart that, in an ideal book on the history of karting, can be found on the very first, legendary, pages.