HOW TO RAISE A GEARHEAD.

It may only be January 12th, the middle of Winter here in Canada but it's never too late to be thinking about cars, karts, and motorsports. Team FMR will be at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this weekend, and that's exciting. But not as exciting as seeing our karting race schedules starting to appear online and in our email inboxes.

Since you are reading this on drivetribe.com we assume you love cars, or karting, or motorsports, or speed, or motors or... well, you get the idea. What we want to say is this:

Apparently, there are people out that excited about the arrival of the autonomous car. These people think of driving as a chore and cars as a disease to be eradicated. Where were their parents? Why did they not pass on to them a love of driving? We need to fix that.

Myles Morgan

You owe it to yourself and the rest of us enthusiasts, to raise future gearheads and petrolheads to keep the things we love alive for future generations. And the best way to do that is to introduce your kids or your neighbour's kids to the joys and challenges of karting.

Sure other "sports" might fulfill a kids' competitive urges, but only a sport like Racing helps your kid really develop as an adult. In every race, you deal with friendship, teamwork, competition, weather, risk, strategy, mechanics, dynamics, financial management, marketing, presentations, the "ins and outs" of sponsorships and the list goes on. Racing is not just a sport, it is life.

Racing is often seen as a rich man's (and kid's) sport, but at the karting level, it's much more than that. Most tracks offer a variety of "Arrive & Drive" programs, and they give any kid of legal age (8 and above here in Ontario) the ability to challenge one's self on multiple levels on most every weekend throughout the summer. Guys and girls race together, and you will find nervous kids, big kids, little kids, smart kids, intuitive kids, kids from all cultural backgrounds and kids battling (and beating!) physical and mental health issues at the track each weekend while trying to overcome adversity and each other while at the same time creating a life-long bond with each other based on trust unlike in any other sport. When you have to trust your fellow drivers for your safety​ you learn to respect each other and discipline​ yourself very quickly.

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Friends. And competitors.

We invite you to learn more about karting Arrive and Drive programs by visiting our home track’s website (goodwoodkartways.com/?page_id=191). If this sounds like something that would interest you or some kids you have influence over, we encourage you to seek out your own karting clubs and tracks and to start racing. No matter the result, we all win.

One more thing, we encourage you to look up all the other karting related tribes here on DriveTribe. You might just stumble across a future racing superstar's first introduction into racing. Just go to the search icon at the top of the page, and type "kart" into the Tribes search. You'll be glad you did. And you make a bunch of other automotive enthusiasts happy.

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