The term “go-kart” was coined by Duffy Livingston, a muffler-shop owner in Los Angeles, who went on to manufacture and sell the machines under the Go-Kart name—the first kart manufacturer. While Ingels may have built the first one, Livingston is credited with launching its popularity.
Kids as young as 6 can enjoy the go-kart tracks, while 8-12 year-olds can test their skills on their Cadet Karts.
Kart racing is split into age brackets which are as follows: “Kid Karts”/ “Baby Karts” (age 5-7), Cadet (age 7-12), Junior (age 12-15) and Senior (age 15+). Again, these age ranges can be different depending on the track and how they run race classes, but this is the most common across the country.
Your children are generally safe behind the wheel, especially since go-kart safety was designed with children in mind. That being said, there are go-kart safety practices and considerations every parent should be aware of when they allow their children to drive these recreational vehicles.