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 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
Vintage 1961 Dart "Road Runner" Go Kart With West Bend 820 Restoration Phase 3
This is the first start up of our Dart Kart after removing the clone
engine. The frame has been stripped and repainted. For power I built a
stock West Bend 820 that runs on gas. The header is an old Azusa megaphone
that we got with the kart when it was given to us back in the mid 1960's.
I've added a reproduction cap to quiet it down a little. The clutch is a
Noram centrifugal clutch made for US820 racing. The gearing is 10 68 which
will give us a top speed around 52mph. I've added a reproduction Chilton
seat back tank and Go Power Type 2 wheels. We still have the Go Power Type
1 wheels but they need a lot of work to restore and that is a project for
the future. Hope you enjoy the video, I'll add a couple of clips of us
racing it at the Barnesville GA Vintage Karting Association event. For
more vintage karting check out www.vkavintagekarting.com or foxkart61 on
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
Vintage Kart McCulloch MC-5 build Part 2 of 2
Part 1 coverd the build of the replica McCulloch MC5 kart motor, based on
McCulloch 1-51 chainsaw block .. details of the port work, Boost porting and cover fabrication was
covered. Part covers the ignition system build, painting, custom reed
manifold, start-up and on track running...
Vintage Kart C-Open Sidewinders at Barnesville Winter Nationals 2010 - GSKA
270cc C-Open Vintage kart racing from Barnesville Vintage Winter Nationals,
March 2010. These were the highest speed class of Sprint Karts ever raced,
dual 135cc open motors (270cc total), open fuel, no restrictions., the
class existed up until about 1981.
This was the 2nd Vintage Karting Association event for 2010, held March
25th 27th, 2010 in Barnesville GA, at the historic Blackhills Circuit, home
to 26 previous WKA & IKF Winter National Events held there between 1966 and
Sportsman MC49: Roy Fenwick
Jr. Sportsman: Austin Mack
Senior Sportsman: Pearle Gamble
Clinton Sportsman Jimmy Gay
Single American Sidewinder 6.1:Dean Kossaras
Single American Sidewinder over 6.1:Jeff Barnett
Single Rear Eng. 6.1 Pearle Gamble
Single Rear Eng. over 6.1 Hal Orndorf
Single Foreign Sidewinder 6.1: Jeff Standridge
Single Foreign Sidewinder over 6.1: Lake Speed
Dual American Rear: Kirt Bennett
Dual American Sidewinder: Ken Grissom
Dual Foreign Open: Craig Bennett
Kart Show Winners:
Original Unrestored: Mike McAlister Cates Clone McDonald Kart
Original Restored: John McCorvey Simplex
Restored Modified: Mike Lotz Lancer B-Open
Peoples Choice: Mike Lotz Lancer B-Open
More photos and event details at the Vintage Karting Association website:
Vintage Kart McCulloch MC-5 build Part 1 of 2
Part 1 of 2, build of replica McCulloch MC5 kart motor, based on McCulloch
1-51 chainsaw block.
Part 1 covers overview of port work, added boast ports, fabrication of
replica MC-5 sidecover & fan shroud.
Vintage Go-Kart 400 with twin Power Products engines !!!!
produced by http://VintagePowerSport.com
Featured kart from the vintage kart show held at the East Lansing Kart
Track Reunion August 12-14, 2010. This was a VKA Vintage Karting
Association Tour Event , one of many VKA events held at different track
locations across the United States.
This is a full restoration of a 1959 Go-Kart 400 with dual AH81 Power
Products engines (approximately 130cc each). This was one of the very first
Go-Kart brand racing karts. The Power Products engines were very popular in
the early days of karting, but iby the mid-60's the McCulloch and West Bend
engines became the dominant engines in US kart racing.
More event photos and vintage karting info can be found at the VKA website:
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