Charity offers chance to get on the track

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Budding young motor engineers and racing drivers are being given the chance to build their own go-kart this summer – and then take to the track.

King’s Lynn-based motor mechanics charity Open Road West Norfolk is giving 11 to 16-year-olds two days of workshop training followed by a track day at Anglia Karting, Swaffham.

The youngsters will be shown how to build their own go-kart by qualified motor mechanics, and then receive tuition in the arts of kart racing at the track.

Terry Smith, trustee at the Rollesby Road-based charity, said the aim was to give youngsters the chance to work as part of a team and gain satisfaction from building something from kit form into a working go-kart.

“The is a rare opportunity for children of high school age to tackle a fun engineering project in a safe environment, and then enjoy the thrills of taking to the track,” he added.

“They will learn some basic principles of how a motor vehicle is put together, how it works and then get behind the wheel for possibly the first time. We think it’s a great way to spend three days of the summer holidays.”

At the track, youngsters will be driving professionally built go-karts supplied by Anglia Karting. Limited places, costing just £15 each, are available on two courses, from July 28 to 30, and from August 4 to 6, with each day running from 9.30am to 3pm.

To sign up, contact Open Road on 01553 776600 or at of