Historic Kart Racing

Before the rally cars take to the Live Rally Stage, it’s the turn of the British Historic Kart Club to demonstrate the power these ‘pocket rockets’ have in competition. Around 40 karts will take to the stage in a fast and furious display guaranteed to get pulses racing.


The live action takes place on Saturday and Sunday - make sure you arrive early to get the best spot (please follow signage on-site to live rally stage). 2019 timetable to be confirmed.

10:00am – 10:30am - Historic Karting
2:00pm - 2:30pm - Historic Karting


The British Historic Kart club’s demos on the live action circuit have always been popular with visitors at the Race Retro Show for many years. These demos and the members’ enthusiasm has shown visitors a great way of getting into historic motorsport with many visitors acquiring a kart and become drivers at a following Race Retro Show!

People seem to think it is just a way into car racing but it actually has more depth to the sport and operates along side and parallel to other areas of motorsport.

Ed McDonough and Barrie Williams both visited over the weekend in 2018. Motor journalist Ed McDonough started his career karting in America in 1958 and often guest drives a kart at the show. Barrie Williams started his early career making and racing Fastakarts with his father in 1959 before his big break when he won the 1960 Welsh rally in Mini - he still owns one of his kart creations which was at the show.

Another of the show’s motorsport celebrities who visited is from the other end of motorsport, Ed Thurston. Ed is one of the “young stars” now making name in car racing. Ed started with us very young driving a 1963 Techno kart and as he grew progressed into more powerful karts and became one of the top drivers within the historic kart movement commanding a respect from his elder peers that was beyond his years. He also joined us on the Motor Sport live stage as he talked about this chapter in his life.