Karting Legends Head To Numurkah This Weekend

AKA press release

The cobwebs have been brushed off Vintage karts from all across the country as some of the world’s most iconic karting figures head to the Victorian town of Numurkah for the inaugural Over 40’s Grand Prix this weekend.

This weekend’s event will see the largest gathering of Vintage karts ever seen in Australia with over 70 karts from yesteryear on show or in action during the demonstrations. There will also be over 120 modern karts racing in the Over 40’s Grand Prix.

Americans Duffy Livingstone, who co-founded the Go Kart Manufacturing Company in 1957, and Faye Pierson, founder of iconic Bug Karts in the US will be joined by 1973 World Karting Champion Terry Fullerton at the Event.

Fullerton is widely considered one of the greatest kart racers of all time, and was 'The Man' in world karting during the 70s. When the late Ayrton Senna was asked, shortly before his death in 1994, who was the best racing driver he'd ever raced against, he nominated Fullerton (to the shock of the F1 fraternity!).

Above: Terry Fullerton. Ayrton Senna considered Fullerton to be the best racing driver the great Brazilian ever raced against.

After his final race in the World Championships in 1980 Fullerton established his own company and began manufacturing karts, which were sold to racing teams worldwide. For 20 years, Fullerton also taught British kids how to race.

These days, Fullerton lives in Manila, and is sought-after as a coach of young karting talent – currently including 13 year-old Phillipino star Allessandra Madrigal.

Joining the International stars at this weekend’s event will be John Pizarro – a 15-time Australian Champion, Graham Powles and former New Zealand Karting Champion Chris Lambden.

Pizarro and Lambden were both a part of the line up for the DAP outfit at the 1977 World Karting Championship in Parma, Italy alongside American Mark Dismore while Powles’ last overseas race was at the World Championship in Italy 1990.

“To have karting figures to the calibre of Terry Fullerton, Duffy Livingstone and Faye Pierson attending this weekend is an honour for everyone involved in Australian karting,” said Powles.

“During his career Terry Fullerton was simply in a class of his own. I remember racing against him in Hong Kong – well I was in the same race but he was just too good for everyone, his skill was amazing.”

Demonstrations and Racing will be contested on both Saturday and Sunday. The Numurkah karting circuit is located on the Numurkah Highway (3km Northwest of Numurkah).


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