Sugar River Raceway Presents

The 2017 ‘Brodhead Historics’ Vintage Karting Event

July 6th, 7th, and 8th

We hope you’re making plans to join us.  Here are the event details;

  • Thursday July 6th is a vintage kart only practice day.  Check in starts at 8 AM, practice hits the track from 9 AM through 6 PM.
  • Thursday at 7 PM we run our weekly rent to race night; we call it ‘Turn Key Thursday’.  This is an open to the public race event and all vintage attendees are invited.  For drivers 18 and older.  Entry fee is $60/driver.  We usually finish before 9 PM.  Drive it like you stole it!
  • Friday July 7th is practice, racing, kart show, and eating and drinking!  We register starting at 8 AM.  Practice begins at 9 AM and will run to 11 AM.  Racing begins shortly after Noon.  Two rounds of heats will be run and we anticipate being done before 4 PM.  Our kart show and judging starts at 4 PM and is staged along the home straight on the track.  A beer, wine and cheese tasting accompanies the kart show.  Dinner is served at 6:30 PM.  All drivers entered in the event are invited to our dinner.  Dinner tickets are available for all other vintage event attendees.
  • Saturday July 8th begins with check in at 8 AM.  Practice will run between 9 and 10 AM.  Our feature round of racing starts shortly after that and will wrap up around 11 AM.  Awards presentation follows.

Here’s looking forward to greeting all our old friends and meeting many new ones.

Sportsman Grid

Local ‘Hot Dogs’ Vern and Jim on the front of the grid

Yamaha Class Getting Ready to Go

Vintage Blackhawk Enduro Kart

Click for VKA Event Guidelines and Class Listing

Click for Event Entry Form

Link for Lodging Info

Vintage Go Karting Once a Year Isn’t Enough!

While the 3 day Brodhead Historics vintage event is our fav event of the year, we can’t forget about the other vintage events that Sugar River Raceway hosts.  Yes indeed, we’ll host our local vintage karters two other times during 2017.  Sunday May 7th is the first date we have planned.  The second is September 10th.  These extra vintage days are bolted onto our regular Sunday points races for our current day go karters.  We’re very fortunate to have a very active local (within 100 miles?) group of vintage aficionados who turn out.  We usual get enough for a couple of grids.  Lots of different classes easily grouped into either a rear engine or a sidewinder grid.  We’ve tried to miss the other major VKA events, so why not put us on your list of cool things to do?

Historic Go Karts

In 2014 We Wrote This;

Due to the unfortunate declining presence of the historic karts at vintage events, the Brodhead Historics would like to put a special emphasis on the oldest and most unique examples of these pieces of karting history.

What more appropriate place to run historic karts than on this historic track.  We promise plenty of non-racing track time for this class. They will also be featured in the static kart show.

So dig’em out and help make this the largest display of historic karts on the VKA schedule.

In 2017 we still feel the same, let’s fill up our Historic Class!

 

What’s to Eat?

And what’s to drink for that matter.  Are you the typical American?  You plan most of your goofing off with eating and drinking bolted on? If you’re in this audience we know you like vintage go karts.  Maybe you’re looking in on this article thinking about your first trip to Brodhead, WI? Assuming your a Foodie let’s tell you how we do Friday’s at the ‘Brodhead Historics’.

We pack Friday full of fun.  We start with practice and a couple rounds of heat races in the morning and early afternoon.  We have a food concession at the track that we think serves pretty good lunch stuff.  But that isn’t what we’re trying to sell you.  That’s just to get you through the heavy lifting part of the day.  When the racing noise stops we roll all the vintage karts on to the front stretch creating an instant kart show.  To up the fun quotient just a bit we add a beer (local New Glarus Brewery beer, only available in WI), wine and cheese tasting. And like your beer, your cheese is a WI product.  But much more than that all the cheese is made in Green County Wisconsin (the county you’re standing in) which is one of the largest dairy and cheese producing counties in the country.  So add it up; kart show of amazing vintage karts, show judging, a few cold ones with some great cheese, great conversation,  and some fun trivia and games conducted by Bill McCornack = a home run.  That’s what we’re trying to sell you!

But it gets better!  At 6 PM dinner is served.  Last years menu had some highly complimented pulled pork and pulled beef with all the fixings to go with.  Smiles all around. Photographic proof that our story is true is below. We’ll see you for dinner July 7th!

The Track

Sugar River Raceway was home to the 1965 IKF Nationals and the 1972 & 1981 WKA Nationals.  Lots of regional races for both sanctioning bodies plus two to three WKA ‘Spring Olympic’ events have been held in the vintage era.  The track was laid out and graded in 1959 and then paved in the spring of 1960.  The track layout was based heavily on the Factory Go Kart track in Azusa, CA.  My dad Don told me that was because early on in karting there was a suggestion that all go kart tracks should be the same so if you traveled cross county to compete in National event, you’d be competing on a level playing field.

The track was completely redone in 1972 before the WKA Nationals.  The track was again redone in 2011 and 2012 when changes in grade, layout and repaving were completed.  We celebrated our 50th in 2010 and the facility has been in continuous operation up to today.  The track was built by Don Fairman the founder and also the designer and builder of the Blackhawk kart.  For many years the Blackhawks were all built on site. There is a kart shop on site along with repair and service facilities.  We run a weekly race program for kart owners as well as a rent to race program April through October each year.

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