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    Default First time go karting with my girl, where to start?

    Someone probably went through this before with their kids, so it's worth asking.

    My girl will be turning 5 soon and I want to try taking her to do some go karting.
    It looks like K1 has junior karting available in some locations (haven't checked it locally yet), but I'm a bit doubtful about doing something in a format that basically sends her out on track with a bunch of other kids that who knows how they'll do... I can see a 1000 scenrios that will ruin the experience and I really want this to be a positive first time so we can keep doing it.

    I don't mind traveling a bit or paying more to get that good experience, obviously within reasonable range and budget.

    Thanks in advance for your input!

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    Check for height requirements first. A lot of places require that kids be at least 52 inches tall to be able to reach the pedals without hyperextending their legs, which is a safety hazard if they hit something. Naturally, I suggest you patronize TrackHQ.com sponsor K1.

    Call or check its size requirements on the K1 site.

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    I took my son and daughter a few years back. They loved it. The only advice I gave was for them to be smooth (just like Big Z advised in the animated movie "Surf's Up") and to have fun.

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    As much as I want to support K1, they're too far away from my house.

    Moti, my daughter just turned 6, let me know if you find a place and maybe could meet you there. Maybe MB2 in T-Oaks.
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    K1 lists a height range of 48"-58" for their junior karts.
    I'll need to measure her, but I don't think she's 48" tall yet.
    Good note about hyperextending the legs.

    How old were your kids when you took them to try it?
    Did you take them to do it together or seperate?

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    As much as I want to support K1, they're too far away from my house.

    Moti, my daughter just turned 6, let me know if you find a place and maybe could meet you there. Maybe MB2 in T-Oaks.
    Sure thing!
    I bet my girl would love to meet a new friend and it could make the whole experience better because there's someone to do it with... I haven't been on MB2's site yet (because I went to MB2 once myself and thought it sucked), but K1 doesn't allow mixing juniors and adults on track.
    The reasons are pretty obvious, but it's a bummer we can't be on track together for some lead-follow or even a little encouragement.

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    Good to know for a few years from now!
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    They do make rotary karts...

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    why don't you start at the mini golf go karts and drive her around in the 2 seaters and then let her drive those before going to the faster karts.
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    Speedzone Drift Karts! Going 15 mph but have the biggest smile on your face you can imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b3d3g1 View Post
    why don't you start at the mini golf go karts and drive her around in the 2 seaters and then let her drive those before going to the faster karts.
    Where do they rent those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Where do they rent those?
    I haven't done that in long time an the only one I know about in the area is Golf N Stuff in Ventura

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    or just strap a booster seat in creampuff
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    if you're serious about her learning then I'd say sign her up at a real karting track for a class. I believe they have classes for the little groms in Comer karts. My buddy just bought one for his son. They are intended for 5-7 year olds. Should be able to find a class where they rent the karts and provide proper instruction.....MUCH better than tossing them in a K1 kart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b3d3g1 View Post
    or just strap a booster seat in creampuff
    Nah, she's already driven Creampuff up and down the perimeter road in Willow Springs


    ZJC, thanks, it's pretty much what I thought, I'll look into that.
    I know there's a karting place in Oxnard or Ventura, worth checking.

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    Karts should be quite a step up in power from that experience!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zjchaser View Post
    if you're serious about her learning then I'd say sign her up at a real karting track for a class. I believe they have classes for the little groms in Comer karts. My buddy just bought one for his son. They are intended for 5-7 year olds. Should be able to find a class where they rent the karts and provide proper instruction.....MUCH better than tossing them in a K1 kart.
    Jim Hall kart racing in Ventura has these tiny karts, and has a training program as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zjchaser View Post
    if you're serious about her learning then I'd say sign her up at a real karting track for a class. I believe they have classes for the little groms in Comer karts. My buddy just bought one for his son. They are intended for 5-7 year olds. Should be able to find a class where they rent the karts and provide proper instruction.....MUCH better than tossing them in a K1 kart.
    This is good advice.

    My personal $.02 is that 6 years old is too early for karting... I see these kids at kart tracks all the time, and it just seems like they aren't learning anything at all. I'd suggest starting her on a Honda 50cc dirtbike, if anything. That'll get her used to basic throttle control, brake control, planning ahead, etc; i.e., the basics of controlling a motor vehicle. That's something she can ride in the backyard, up & down the street, etc.

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    someone said this place is good for kids by the 405 freeway. I do not know myself

    21830 Recreation Rd
    Carson, CA 90745
    (310) 834-3800
    Go Kart World - Carson - Go Kart Racing

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    Brushing off the dust and spiderwebs from this thread.
    Does anyone know what's the minimum height requirement for Adams karts?
    It's not on their site and I can't get anyone on the phone.

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    I hear the karts at Adams have a windshield...

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