McCulloch Kart Promotion Movie circa 1961
Digitally restored by http://VintagePowerSport.com - from 16mm film.
This video featuring actor Don Knots, reflects the humor of the time while
providing a little insight into the design & manufacture of the short lived
line of McCulloch racing karts. While McCulloch manufactured kart racing
motors from 1959 to 1977, they only made karts for a couple years during
the boom of kart racing. That boom was quickly followed by a Bust, and many
kart manufacturers went out of business, this is when McCulloch stopped
making karts. McCulloch kart engines were by far the most popular engines
used on all karts at the time, and the engine side of the business remained
worth while for McCulloch for many years until a combination of new owners
and a drop in sales volume marked the end of an era for McCulloch. The
Yamaha KT100 and Briggs & Straton 5hp engines quickly replaced the hole
left by McCulloch exit from karting.
The engine Don is holding in the beginning of the video would be an MC6
kart engine, based on the date and what details can actually be seen.
McCulloch intentionally did not say what model it was, probably because
they were releasing new models about every 6-12 months at the time due to
the highly competitive environment.
Learn more about vintage racing karts at
http://VKAKarting - the Vintage Karting Association
http://RearEngineKarts.com - early era karts only
(VintagePowerSport.com has copyright usage permission from McCulloch Racing
for distribution of McCulloch media)
VIntage Margay Newbreed dual B-Bomb at East Lansing Kart Track ELKT
produced by http://VIntagePowerSport.com - kart show winner at Vintage
Karting Association event held July 21-23, 2011 at East Lansing Kart
Tracking, East Lansing Michigan. Margay Newbreed sidewinder dual with dual
135cc open B-Bomb IAME engines, overhead pipes, Burco clutches, Airheart
Dual 125cc McCulloch powered Rupp Chaparral vintage racing kart
Produced by http://VintagePowerSport.com
George Sellon's show quality dual 125cc McCulloch engine powered Rupp
Chaparral. This video shows the kart's fine details and on track raw brute
power! This video was shot at the July 16-18th, 2009 vintage karting event
at historic Sugar River Raceway in Brodhead, WI.
Fast Vintage Karts - Lake Speed from NASCAR
Lake Speed from NASCAR, wins 2007 Vintage Kart Super Olympics at "Quincy"
TNT Kartways, Taylor MO. This class is no longer run in modern karting, it
was the fastest Sprint Kart class ever run. Dual fully modified open fueled
135cc rotary valve two-stroke engines. A wopping 270cc's of smoking
methanol/nitro burning 15,000rpm power, there is nothing like this in
modern day Sprint Kart racing. Watch some of the biggest names in Karting,
Lake Speed, Terry Traeder, Troy Brown.... battle it out.
Watch 2007-2008-2009 videos of same event 270cc class at this playlist:
VKA Vintage Karting Association
270cc dual engine kart fast at race track, not driftingn donut burning Gixxer
Helmet cam footage at NCMP starts at 3:45 mark. Custom restored Margay with
dual BM-130 engines, racing kart from mid-late 70's, dual engines totaling
270cc, methanol fuel ... much higher speed than a modern 125cc shifter
kart. MCP brake upgrade, dual rear Ripley vented discs and customized brake
bias adjuster for 3 master cylinders. Pipes by RLV, vintage Burco oil bath
clutches, digatron dual display gauge.
for info on racing and restoring old karts like this visit:
Update August 2012: see video of new vintage dual Invader Kart built for
2012 season, its 50lbs lighter and sports dual Alky carbs on each
Vintage Karting at New Castle Motorsports Park
Video Produced by - http://vintagepowersport.com
Vintage Karting Event at NCMP - June 18-20, 2009
Dual Rear Engine class is featured in this video. Participants included
Lake Speed, Jeff Brown, Craig Bennet, Jim Walter, Dick Teal, Bill
McCormack, Terry Ives, Louie Figone, George Sellon ... Watch some of the
best US kart drivers from the 60s & 70s in action! Many of these drivers
are former multi-time Grandnational champions, kart manufacturer team
drivers, and of course Lake Speed is America's ONLY World Championship
winning kart driver (1978).
The Vintage Karting Association (vkavintagekarting.com) defines
demonstration racing class guidelines. Karts typically run in this Dual
Rear class are from the 1964-1972 period with two engines mounting in the
rear behind the driver. The Engines of the period were industrial based
2-strokes purpose built for kart racing, manufacturers included: McCulloch,
West Bend, Power Products, Homelite ... The motors were fully modified,
usually running at least 2 methanol burning carbs. The starting method of
the period was usually an electric fan belt starter and 2-3 people helping
get the temperamental motors come to life. While kart handling is poor by
modern standards, top speed is similar to modern 125cc sprint shifter
This video contains segments shot at 300fps for slow motion playback.
... more event coverage, videos, photos can be seen at the Vintage Karting
Association website http://vkavintagekarting.com , and at the
VintagePowerSport website: http://vintagepowersport.com/?page_id=513
Homemade Go Kart The Build Part 1
Here's some video of what we went through during the build. There were
plenty of changes before the first test drive! Thank You for watching,
$100 Go Kart First Drive
Got it running, so I took it for a spin!
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Vintage Kart Show at Adams Kart Track 2008
Vintage Karting Association http://vkakarting.com
January 31, February 1st & 2nd 2008
VKA - 4th ANNUAL ADAMS VINTAGE KART REUNION, SHOW, BAR-B-Q AND TENT GALA
Adams Kart Track, Riverside, CA
more vintage karting at:
Rear Engine American Racers http://rearenginekarts.com
and at Vintage PowerSport http://vintagepowersport.com
16 HP SICK Go Kart
Decided to swap my little 5.5HP Honda engine for a 16HP vanguard twin
cylinder Briggs and Stratton. All of this took basically a night and a day.
Needs a better pull start, and a muffler of course... which will increase
speed. Pretty good overall since it was sitting on a shelf for over a year.