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  • This racer was a speed record setter at 136 mph.
  • Endurance karts ran on road courses and speedways, rather than short courses designed for standard karts.
  • This level of competition was considered a stepping stone to professional racing.

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This FKE Formula K racer is an experimental, one-of-a-kind model.  It was built for Ken Pine in 1977 by Art Ingels of Otay, California.  Pine raced the FKE for a speed record at Willow Springs Raceway, Riverside Raceway and Ontario Motor Speedway, attaining a top speed of 136 mph at Ontario.

Art Ingels was known as the “father of karting.”  He was a race car builder at Kurtis Kraft, an Indy car builder located in Glendale, California, when he built the first ever racing kart in 1956.  The construction was simple, consisting of a tubular chassis that could support a grown man and a two-stroke engine, typically used for lawn mowers.

Endurance karts were built to run on road courses and speedways used by other cars or motorcycles rather than the shorter courses designed specifically for karts. The driver lays as flat as possible to create the smallest amount of drag. Classes were designated by engine size. This competition was considered a stepping stone to professional racing.

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