Karting in Kathmandu valley -
Go karting in Nepal
Nepali could be the next Narain Karthikeyan, if not Michael Schumacher, in ten
years time if Kristjan B Edwards is to be believed.
Tiger Karts is bringing the thrilling game of Go Karting, the first stage of
professional racing, for the first time to the Nepali public from the New Year.
The business wing of Tiger Tops Mountain Travels today organized a demonstration
and test-ride program for the press at the picturesque course at Manamaiju VDC,
a 30-minute ride from the heart of Kathmandu.
Edwards, an Icelander, is bringing the high speed thrill to Nepal. The karting
course has been set up in eight ropanis of land stretching to 240 meters of
blacktopped course. Edwards, a professional karter, envisioned the project and
is busy working for the final arrangement of the grand opening.
As Edwards says every Formula 1 driver begins from Go Karting. And now all the
Nepalese who love the thrills and spills of high speed can test their limit in
this course which could groom a Nepali Schumacher. “We are opening the new game
for the public” said the Icelander who has been living in this country for the
last 17 years.
The eight karts that Edwards aims to put for the public are assembled in Nepal
and are powered by 5.5 HP Honda water pumps. The petrol engine, put at test
today, had a maximum speed of limit of 40km/hr. But once the fencing, underway
at war footing at the moment, is complete the speed limit can be increased.
The sport doesn’t seem beyond the reach of the Nepali public but Edwards says he
is yet to think on the charges. “How much do you think I could charge
considering the thrill it has in store?” questions Edwards. Early signs suggest
that it could be around Rs 1,500 for a 15-minute in high speed” said Edwards as
the sports demands high level of physical fitness.
The course will be launched around mid April and will soon be opened for the
public. One doesn’t need special skills for karting as its simple mechanism
encourages enthusiasts of all sex and age group to give it a go. It all looks
set to thrill the drivers and Tiger Karts eagerly awaits the public response to
the new game.
Answering to the query if he had any plans of expanding the course which is
quiet a change from the standard 1-km, Edwards said, ”It all depends on how the
public responds to it.”
Source: The Kathmandu Post, March 23, 2005
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