Before beginning the story, there are a few things to make clear. Firstly: you don’t immediately become a kart restorer. It takes knowledge, skill and a huge passion. Secondly: patience is needed, above all else. Because restoring karts is not a profession on which you can get by, but it’s done in your spare time, stealing a few hours to sleep. Also, if you want a faithful reconstruction in great detail, you have to dedicate a lot of time searching for spare parts or, alternatively, fabricating exact copies.
Oh, and do not think you will make money out of it: with the purchase of materials, shipping, machining ... the cost is almost like buying a new kart. If that does not scare you, indeed, you see it as a challenge ... let’s go!
Our starting point has a name and a surname: Michele Nodari, born in 1982, a past as a kart driver, and a present as a ... historian. His passion almost started by accident, buying an old Kali Kart without knowing anything about it, and discovering the beauty of putting together a vehicle from the past step by step.
He has many perfectly restored karts in his garage, but when a friend told him that a Vercelli gentleman wanted to get rid of a kart that had been in his backyard for years, he could not stop himself going to see it. And in fact there was a chassis in Vercelli, although it was lying rusted in the woodshed of an old farmstead.
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