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50 Jahre Kart

In 2006, Karting is celebrating its 50th anniversary. On this occasion, the CIK-FIA (Internationale Karting Commission - FIA) will organise an exhibition of karts on 6, 7 and 8 October 2006 in Geneva, within the framework of the first edition of the «Geneva Classics», a new event dedicated to historic locomotion (www.geneva-classics.ch). Historic cars, motorcycles, karts, boats and aircraft will be collected at the Geneva Palexpo within the same premises.

CIK-FIA Information

Orgexpo Geneva Palexpo, which sets up the international motor show every year, has been entrusted with the organisation of the «Geneva Classics».The CIK-FIA has selected eight karts which, by virtue of their design, their results or those who drove them, have marked the history of Karting.

The showpiece of the exhibition will be the first kart ever built; it was imagined, designed and manufactured in August 1956 in the United States by Art Ingels and Lou Borelli. In those days, its inventors had probably little or no idea to what extent the small vehicle would become a world craze and that it would in particular be the training «trampoline» of several generations of Grand Prix drivers.

For that matter, in Geneva, the CIK-FIA will display the original karts at the wheels of which Emerson Fittipaldi, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Räikkönen started demonstrating their budding talent.The evolution of Karting will be emphasized and the first-ever kart will be exhibited right next to the kart which, just a few days before, will have won the 2006 CIK-FIA Karting World Championship. Visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate the progressive changes introduced during the five decades of Karting’s existence: sophistication of the chassis, positioning of the engines, broadening of the tyres, bodywork cover, safety improvements, etc.

«Geneva Classics» will be open to the public on Friday 6 (from 10 to 20h), Saturday 7 (from 10 to 18h) and Sunday 8 October 2006 (from 10 to 18h). The day of 5 October 2006 will be reserved for the press.

50 Jahre Kart




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