Kids' driver safety program rolling into Winnipeg

by Willy Williamson . Jul 07 2017
SuppliedRuss Bond running the kartSTART program in Halifax.


Russ Bond running the kartSTART program in Halifax.

There’s still time to sign your kids or grandchildren up for kartSTART presented by Toyota, a unique driving education program designed to give youngsters a real-world understanding of the physics behind driving a motorized vehicle.

The program will be making its first stop in Winnipeg from July 19 to 21 in the parking lot of the MTS Iceplex at 3969 Portage Ave.

The kartSTART program is led by Russ Bond, a veteran automobile racer, journalist and host of the popular Two-Minute Test Drive segments on TSN’s Motoring TV.

The half-day course gives youngsters — 10 years and older — driving experience in go-karts.

Participants get behind the wheel of a professional racing kart under the guidance of qualified instructors.

The program, including all the karts and gear, is moved across the country in a semi truck and trailer.

Participants are supplied with a Snell-approved helmet and a racing suit and there is also a catered lunch.

Parental supervision is required throughout the program and it runs rain or shine.

The cost of the half-day course is normally $79 plus tax, but since this is the first time the program has been in Winnipeg, Bond is offering a $20 discount to Free Press readers by simply entering the promo code “Willy” when registering.

You can register online by visiting, or by calling 647-401-5153.