Plans under way for new grass karting club

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Sporting codes planning a comeback in Central Otago post-lockdown could be joined by a new grass karting club.
Alexandra resident Gareth Currie has used lockdown to put his plans for a new club into action, something he had been wanting to do for some time.
He shared his thoughts on social media and as of last week had about 40 people keen to support the idea and get involved.
Among those were some who had also planned to get a similar club up and running, so they were now working on the project together.

For Mr Currie, the concept is not new. As a teenager he helped his father, John, run a grass karting club which had a base in Cemetery Rd, in Cromwell.
He said the club was “a good, safe outlet” which helped him build on his social skills and confidence behind the wheel. However, it folded about 20 years ago and the land is no longer available.
“I left . . .to get into a career because I was about 17-18 at the time. It just quietly disappeared from there, unfortunately.”

One of the biggest challenges facing the proposed group was to find some land to race on and Mr Currie hoped people in rural areas might be keen to assist.
All locations throughout Central Otago would be considered, he said. And the more the merrier because it would mean members could enjoy different settings.

Mr Currie said some Central Otago people were already kart racing, but the new group would mean even more people might be keen to give it a go locally.
“I think the more people the better.”
He encouraged anyone keen to get involved, either as a member or to assist with land or equipment, to get in touch.
“There does seem to be a lot of people that have karts sitting [in their shed] that would like to get back into it, or get their kids involved.”