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Karting Explained [Paperback]

Graham Smith
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20 July 2012
Kart racing is a useful first step on the ladder to becoming a professional racing driver, teaching essential skills of track strategy, vehicle set-up and positive mindset. Many top drivers continue to enjoy karting for fun and fitness.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (20 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847973795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847973795
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After motorsport experiences in rallies, rallycross and hillclimbing from age 18, Graham Smith and his family discovered kart racing in 1987. He has become immersed in the sport as a driver, karting dad, club secretary, scrutineer and member of various MSA committees. He helped to found the Association of British Kart Clubs and is secretary of the ABKC. This is his third book on karting.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good mixed with significant flaws 6 Dec 2012
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Having been heavily critical of this book's tag line (on which more later), I thought it only fair to actually purchase and read it.

It cannot be easy for anyone who has been involved in karting for a long time to look at the sport from the perspective of a potential newcomer. As someone who is reasonably familiar with the sport - though much less so than the author - I can only imagine that this book succeeds in doing what it sets out to do: explaining karting.

The book has an attractive look and layout, making it easy to refer back to particular topics that might be of interest. It is informative without being verbose. It is explicitly written for (potential) newcomers, and I recommend it as a resource for that market. People with some experience in karting may well find some useful information as well, especially given the clear way in which everything is presented.

There are idiosyncrasies: karting with gearbox engines on `short' circuits has declined so sharply in the UK that race entry numbers, if any, are mostly vanishingly small (see exception below), yet this form of karting is given significantly more coverage than the far more popular `prokarts', to which a mere four, wholly inadequate sentences are devoted.

The list of UK kart tracks in the back is oddly incomplete. The list includes Lydd, so it cannot be claimed to be limited only to tracks where there is MSA-governed racing. Yet it ignores, for example, Woodthorpe Kart Club at Strubby Airfield in Lincolnshire. Ironically, Strubby is the one track in the UK where gearbox karts are still very well represented.

Similarly the list of "Useful Websites" is most peculiar. It includes several sites that, I suggest, most active karters will rarely, if ever, visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any new karter! 26 Sep 2012
I am a circuit owner and an ARKS examiner and have been saying for years that there needs to be a book that explains the basics in karting.

Well it has arrived!

Karting explained does exactly as it says on the tin and gives a clear, concise, unbiased view on all aspects of karting. With it's clear layout and explanatory images this book is perfect as both an introduction to karting, and also as a reference book when thinking about set up changes and maintenance. It even has a great list of the tools you need to make up a karting tool box!

When I first read it I found it extremely interesting, and although I have been involved in karting for 16 years I still learnt some new things! I have also placed an order for 10 copies for my own shop for new drivers here in Northern Ireland.

Karting explained is a must have for anyone starting in karting, and I only wish that it was out back when I started karting!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 1 Aug 2013
By Dave
Very informative, will recommend for anyone thinking about getting into karting. Explains from the very start all the way through.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who's it for? 29 Nov 2012
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The writing is dry, boring and uninspiring. There is too much irrelevant technical detail and not enough "this is done because...." or "the effect of this is......" or "this is the effect because.......". The driving tips appear to be aimed at someone who has never driven any kart before ***DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU WANT DRIVING TIPS***.

It's so tedious it can't be aimed at kids.
And it's not in-depth enough to be aimed at adults.

There are some good photos though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Karting Explained 14 Oct 2012
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If your're looking for a good insight into the world of Karting, then this is the book for you !
It contains a good basic guide about everything with some great photos and at this price is well worth the money.
A very enjoyable read. It certainly got me wanted to learn more !
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