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1956

The first kart is created in August 1956 in California (USA) by Art Ingels and Lou Borelli: it is a small vehicle with a tubular chassis powered by the West Bend engine of a lawnmower. On 14 September 1956, Art Ingels drives his machine around the pits in Pomona, where a car race is organised. Duffy Livingstone is among the witnesses of this first public appearance of Ingels’ kart. Seduced by it, Livingstone builds two examples for himself and a friend. In November, Livingstone carries out his first test and invites his associate, Roy Desbrow, with whom he manages a business specialising in the repair and manufacture of car silencers and exhaust systems. Desbrow rises to the bait and in turn manufactures three karts. All these kart owners-manufacturers regularly meet on weekends on supermarket car parks, whence they are inevitably chased by the local police...