For more information about the Vintage Karting Association and associated National calendar of events, go to their website at

The Vintage Karting Association (VKA) was established for the support of Vintage Go Karts originally manufactured from karting’s 1956 inception to those karts made in 1975. The VKA provides members a forum for communications, event support, technical expertise, equipment sources, shop resources, karts & parts classifieds, information exchange, fellowship, and camaraderie.

The VKA vision is to grow Vintage Kart participation, further the acquisition, preservation, and restoration of Vintage Go-Karts in a safety minded venue. The VKA promotes the exhibition of these now historic machines, in both a Static Display format highlighting the restoration talents of our members, and Demonstration Events allowing members the opportunity to operate functional historical machines on a track recreating the look and excitement of actual competition events. The VKA hopes to create new friendships amongst members and non-members, renew old memories of those lucky enough to have witnessed karting in its early days, to educate today’s kart enthusiasts by showing them how it all began, and to pass this heritage on, ensuring the machines and attendant skills will not be lost in the future.

The Vintage Karting Association (VKA) is a formal organization assembled for the people who enjoy the earliest of Go Karts. Karting began in 1956 when Art Ingles made the first Go Kart in the configuration recognized as we know it today. Karts have gone from those basic machines to the sophisticated racing machines of the present day.

VKA Membership Renewal – be a supportive vintage karter!!!
Help the VKA promote the growth and awareness of vintage karting, participation growth will ensure the continuation of viable vintage karting events.
Join Now – VKA Membership Application

2020 VKA Board of Directors

Gary Wlodarsky – President – Judging + Shows —-
Louie Figone – Vice President —-
Bill Bloodworth – Secretary & Membership director —-
Joe Swantek – Treasurer —-
Karl Ginter – Executive Director —
Dean Kossaras – guidelines and safety —-
Jeff Campbell – Website —-
John Copeland – Enduro director —-

Lynn Haddock – Board Member —-
Sonny Gerber – Board Member  —-

Non-Board Volunteers:
Rolf Hill – Editor, VKA FirsTurn© Magazine —-
Jim Donovan – Adviser /Accounting
Public Relations Director – Bill McCornack —-

Regional Coordinators:
Sal Palatucci – Northeast
Bob Barthelemy — South
Bill McCornack – Midwest
Louie Figone – West


What are VKA events like?
Over the past 7+ years, the typical event format has usually consisted of several days of track practice sessions followed by racing heats. Events also usually include a judged Vintage Kart Show Competition, and one or more evening social gatherings. The events are less about “winning” and more about socially connecting and having FUN!

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7 Responses to Vintage Karting

  1. Jason Strong says:

    I asked my girlfriend what she wanted to do for valentines day and she told me that she wanted to go go karting. I was taken back by it a little bit, but it’s something that I’m looking forward to doing. We need to find a place still though, but this has some great insights that I think will help us find what we are looking for.

  2. Jim Hohn says:

    I am interested in vintage karting. I got my first ride in one at around 1960 when a friend of my dad’s had a kart he let me drive. I remember it had twin Macs but I drove it with one engine as I was about 9-10 and it was a dirt track. Are there any of these for sale ? I live in Jackson, Michigan and need a new hobby.

  3. Pat Hammond says:

    Why do you stop at 1975 on your vintage karts. I believe if you want the program to grow you would go to the full 70’s. From 1970 to 1979. I have a 1977 Hartman Dual that I am restoring and would like to go to your events to meet all the good people in this sport. Just wondering. Thank you

  4. jeff says:

    Pat, The dual chassis’s are allowed up to 1983. I don’t have your e-mail. Contact me direct for more info. Thanks

  5. Pat Hammond says:

    Thanks Jeff for the info

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