Kart club gears up for a trackside extravaganza
MOTOR SPORT: In 2006 a relatively unknown sport set up in an unassuming industrial complex just south of Gympie.
Fast forward to 2016 and the Cooloola Coast Kart Club has established itself as one of the best go to tracks in south-east Queensland.
This Sunday, the club will celebrate a decade of racing with a 10 year anniversary race meet.
Holding its first race meeting in November 2006, the Glanmire track hosts 10 races a year with an additional two six-hour endurance events.
In 2009, 400 of the nations best drivers converged on Gympie for the state titles, putting the club on the motor sport map.
Cooloola Coast Kart Club life member Colin Leavey said karting was a growing sport.
"The overall costs are a lot less than that of car racing he said.”
Chassis are bought as a kit and can be modified to suit the driver's age and experience levels.
Competitors as young as seven will race with a 100cc engine while open class drivers will use anything up to a 125cc engine which can get them up to speeds of more than 100kmh.
"The higher up in class you go the more high performance specifications you can have,” Leavey said.
"It (the sport) is good for young kids to get into.
"My boys got into it to get driving experience.”
Sunday will see the racing of 13 classes with all age groups covered.
Leavey said it will be a party-vibe trackside with previous members of the club coming from out of town to join in.
The Cooloola Coast Kart Club is located at 10 Runge Rd, Gympie.