Chapter 2 of Beltsville Shell: You Are What You Drive lays the foundation that go karts played in the formative years for me and all my buddies in Beltsville.
Over the years I owned a few nice karts, but the ultimate was a 1962 Fox MAK Kart that I purchased from Dan Holbrook. It had the McCulloch MAC 8 100cc engine. It had a "Candy" blue paint job, satellite seat, the "swing" engine mount with the engine centered for good balance, Le Mans magnesium wheels, Bendix drum brakes and a Max-Torque clutch.
I loved that kart so much! As I said in the book, karting was the season of my life that afforded me my greatest (childhood) joys! (I suppose you can tell that from from my smile!)
I didn't realize at the time, but the Fox Kart was an international success. In 1961, at the International Kart Championships in Nassau, Bahamas, the Fox brand won 1st place in three different classes. Manufactured in Janesville, Wisconsin, Fox Karts won more International Champion titles than almost all other brands combined!
For years I have searched high and low to try to find a kart like the one pictured above with no success.
Nan had more success. She was working hard to surprise me with a Fox Kart this Father's day and she struck gold. Through perseverance she located a few people in the vintage karting circles, and in particular Randy Gryczkowski, also of Wisconsin. Randy has a hobby of finding and restoring vintage karts. When Nan approached Randy to explore building a replica of my old Fox Kart she was unsure of which options Randy offered. So she encouraged me to reach out to Randy directly. After phone calls and email exchanges I discovered that Randy had recently sold the exact kart I wanted to a collector in Hilton Head South Carolina. I had missed out!
But then a few weeks later I noticed a kart for sale on the internet by a guy named Tracy Schooler that looked exactly like the kart Randy had restored.
Here is the video describing the kart that was for sale:
1962 Fox Kart
You guessed it, Tracy had purchased Randy's restoration and it was now for sale. Tracy and I quickly sealed a deal and Tracy threw in a treasure trove of karting memorabilia.
The Fox Kart arrived in Carlsbad today. But I'm not allowed to play with it until my birthday!
I love that go kart!