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The Karting Manual: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Competitive Kart Racing (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) Hardcover – 2 Jun 2011


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857330861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857330864
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellent new book on karting [...] crammed full of useful information [...] highly recommended for potential newcomers and existing karters alike." -- Karting Magazine (May 2007)

"Even experienced drivers could learn a thing or two from this book." -- Autosport (April 26, 2007) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kart racing is arguably the most fun you can have on four wheels. Karting provides an essential training ground for future motor racing champions, but is also a thriving discipline in its own right, offering some of the most exciting racing in motorsport.

This fully updated second edition provides a complete guide to all aspects of outdoor karting, covering all the fundamental elements of both two-stroke and four-stroke international kart racing. The engaging text, supported by numerous colour photographs and illustrations, provides everything the complete novice needs to know, yet is sufficiently detailed to appeal to those already involved in club racing who are looking to progress to the next level of competition.

With the aid of over 200 colour illustrations, The Karting Manual includes details of:

How to get started in karting - including how to get a race licence, racing classes and equipment; Racing techniques - the racing line, kart control techniques, wet-weather racing and strategy; Preparation - kart set-up and maintenance, driver physical and mental preparation and advice on obtaining sponsorship; Useful contacts - including a list of UK and international kart circuits, and details of karting associations and equipment suppliers


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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Simon Turner on 6 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having bought a variety of karting guides over the last year or so and often ending up disappointed at either their superficial nature or frustrated at their lack of relevance to UK karting (understandable as so many are US publications), it's a revelation to finally come across a karting book that no only deals with the subject with the necessary level of detail for beginners to understand (the diagrams and photographs couldn't be clearer) but which also covers every area you would want to learn about - everything from driving techniques (obviously) to strategy to mental preparation and how to get sponsorship (not so obvious!).

If there is a criticism it's that it's a little light on the technical side of things (although the basics are well covered, as is set up, of course), but the book itself encourages readers to pick up specialised publications dealing with this area as their knowledge and experience increases - this is an area I'm still working on so for me it wasn't an issue and it is a book for for beginners, after all.

Having said that, I've got three years' karting experience and I was surprised how much of it I still found of use so I suspect others like me who are still looking to improve their racing craft may do the same. As for beginners, I'd say it's a must-buy - it's certainly the best such publication I've read so far (I haven't read them all, true, but most, I'd say).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dude, Sweet! on 17 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
At last, a UK based karting manual. Makes a refreshing change from the US books that were only previously available.

The Haynes Karting Manual is geared towards the beginner, but nonetheless intermediate karters will also get a great deal of info from this book. Good descriptions, simply laid out for ease of navigation, and well illustrated. Having been into competetive karting for 4 years now, I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to approach the sport, or indeed needing a manual to help brush up on some skills. It's taught/retaught me a thing or two ;o)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ady1983 on 8 Jun. 2012
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This book saved us during a recent 24hr event done in soaking conditions. a really interesting read for anyone looking to get into karting, I'm an absolute beginner but there also seems to be good advice for more advanced drivers/teams. it really goes into detail about actually running a team as well as the more basic things we needed like driving techniques.

the one minor criticism i would make is that if you're wanting to take it to the track as a reference guide a smaller paperback format would be good. then again the pictures are awesome and i suppose these would suffer in a paperback.

overall, great book highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grannyp on 28 April 2013
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Grandson wanted this for Christmas - he loved it and it was well-written - perfect for any age, my grandson is 9 and he understood every word, but would also suit teen to adult.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harry Arthur on 30 Jan. 2014
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Hours of reading for my 10 year old son who is very much into karting, written in the very helpful and informative Haynes manual style of course
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anthony kemp on 13 Dec. 2013
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a brilliant book with all you need to learn , very helpful with clear instructions and good illustrated diagrams, thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By r lomliev on 25 Sept. 2014
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Excellent book.Everything you need to know about karting.My son loves it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. V. M. Smith on 12 Jan. 2014
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Partner just getting into karting and found the book quite informative - so quite a good buy i think - well defo for people just getting into it.
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