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, will return to Winnipeg from July 19 to 21 at the Red River Exhibition Grounds.
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.
2018 marks the second consecutive year the innovative program will roll through Winnipeg.
“We really enjoyed Winnipeg last summer,” Bond says.
“Kids are pretty much the same across the country, but in the prairies they drive more ATVs so they learn a little bit quicker. We had great weather and the turnout was terrific; we are hoping to get even more youngsters involved this time around.”
The half-day course gives kids — 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. Last summer, in addition to parents, a number of grandparents brought the grandkids out for a day of fun.
The cost of the half-day course is normally $79 plus tax, but program organizers are offering a $20 discount to Free Press readers by simply entering the promo code “Willy.” You can register online at kartstart.ca, or if you have any questions call 647-401-5153.
The kartSTART program is a half-day course that teaches kids a ‘real-world’ understanding of the physics of driving motorized vehicles.