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Of Karters and Good Drivers

Of Karters and Good Drivers

This month as we go to print, the Silly Season officially ends with the Eliyakanda Hill Climb that takes place on Sunday 25th February. Needless to say we will be bringing you all the action from Eliyakanda in the April Issue of Motor.

Meanwhile, this month we saw the first International Go Kart meet to be held at the newly upgraded Go Kart track in Bandaragama.  The X30 Asia Cup meet saw a host of young international talent coming in to Sri Lanka. Our guy Sajitha De Mel was there… and you can read all about it in this Issue of Motor

I am a great advocate of karting, not just as a healthy sport, but to help develop a new breed of “responsible” drivers on our roads, which is a crying need. As more and more new drivers get on to our roads, that finer edge of discipline can easily be taught with karting – especially by taking part in competitive karting. That is not to say that everybody who drives a kart become a good driver. Rather, if you take part in a karting competition, you learn; for example the hazards of tailgating the kart in front, the consequence of even a slight tap with another kart at high speed, when to brake & when not to brake, the handling limitations of your kart etc, but in a relatively safe environment and at a manageable speed. So how to do competitive karting? Start by getting together with three friends and running a race at the Banadargama track. If you have not already done it, just do it once, and you will be smitten for life – and as an added bonus you will never race on the streets again! 

This month you can also enjoy Ashraaq’s story of the Classic Car Drive to Jaffna and indeed Annemarie’s feature on Jaffna “then” and “now”. The Past Blast feature this month is of a pristine MG Y-Type which is getting very rare to come by these days.

There are four Test Drive features including a full day’s drive experience in a BMW X5… all of which I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy reading. Then there is also our story on the Scooter Club outing. Coincidentally this month Dilip did a Test Ride of the new Vespa.

So happy reading… and if you drink, take a taxi home and pick up your car the next day. It’s only a little bit of inconvenience and the cost of an extra drink!