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No kart show in 2006?

After 17 years, Kart Promotions have announced that they will not be staging the International Kart Show in 2006 When the show was first held back in February 1988, many of today’s generation of karters weren’t even born but, over many years and at six different venues, the show has continued to cater for the whole spectrum of karting whether it be indoors or outdoors, gearbox or non-gearbox, 2-stroke or 4-stroke. The show was the first dedicated to karting in this country and over the years became the pioneer and yardstick by which others were measured. When it first opened its doors at the King’s Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, the only other option was the Racing Car Show at Olympia. How many can still remember that? The Kart Show was even staged at the NEC, Birmingham in 1990 and was the first to have an indoor circuit within the show and all this a year before the Autosport International show even started.

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The International Kart Show will be fondly remembered even if the move to Donington was not a great success

The organisers pioneered the Karting magazine Forums seven years ago but, most importantly, have always provided a platform that was dedicated to, and affordable for, both large and small karting companies. Throughout the years the show has grown and evolved with exhibitors from around the world. During this time many companies have come and gone but equally many have grown with the show and become partners in its success. Other business commitments have led to Kart Promotions deciding not to run the show in 2006 but discussions have been taking place with the hope that a new organiser will take the show forward to continue to serve the karting community.