NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — It feels like you are flying, not in the air...on an asphalt track, with hairpin turns and you're about two inches off the ground. They are not the go-karts we all tried to build as kids.
These are full-fledged, racing karts. Yes, kids drive them but so do grown men, approaching, if not already in their golden years. At least every other weekend, Hill Country Kart Club in New Braunfels is jam-packed.
Kids as young as 5 years old zoom around the track, trying to be the first to the checkered flag. As the age bracket gets older, the racing becomes a little more intense. By the time grown men hit the curves, it is fierce competition.
The karts can easily do 50 to 60 miles per hour. "That may not seem like much out on the highway, but when you're two inches from the ground with no suspension, you feel every bump and dip...and it feels more like 80" says Doug Foxworth.
Foxworth cut his teeth go-kart racing. He went on to big-time racing in both the NHRA and IHRA. Five years ago his 10-year-old son Ethan showed interest in racing, now Foxworth is back where he started.
He says you can get into the sport for as little as $2,000-$2,500 and be really competitive, with a used kart. But he says you also have to put time and laps in to learn the kart and the art. If you are interested in checking out hill Country Kart Club, here's a link to their webpage: www.hillcountrykartclub.com