Canadian Karting aims to promote underexposed sport

June 25, 2001 Canada's kart racing community is about to get a shot in the arm in the form of Canadian Karting, a new magazine and website. Dedicated to the growth and promotion of motorsport's first step - and best-kept secret - the ...

June 25, 2001

Canada's kart racing community is about to get a shot in the arm in the form of Canadian Karting, a new magazine and website. Dedicated to the growth and promotion of motorsport's first step - and best-kept secret - the Canadian Karting magazine is slated for debut in August while the website, www.CanadianKarting.ca, will be launched on July 1st.

The mission of Canadian Karting, according to founder Roy Brydon, is to provide exposure for karting and attract new participants. Focusing on positive aspects and achievements, Canadian Karting will portray the excitement of kart racing and reveal its importance as the starting point for nearly every currently-active professional racer. Stories will come from across Canada, covering all aspects of karting - racing, fun, concession, outdoor, indoor, road course, oval, asphalt and dirt.

"Canadian Karting will be a celebration of the sport of karting," said Brydon. "Karting is a wonderful sport and the people you meet at the tracks are just terrific. I want Canadian Karting to highlight and reflect these things."

Brydon, a long-time motorsport enthusiast, activist and participant with both cars and karts, is experienced as a driver, track owner, team owner, columnist and even radio personality. Possessing extensive knowledge of motorsport and its promotion, he feels that karting suffers from a lack of intelligent and fitting exposure, rendering it very much unknown. He strongly believes that karting has the potential to grow immensely.

Embracing the power and popularity of the Internet, yet firmly believing that print holds great appeal as a tangible and lasting medium, Brydon states that Canadian Karting will produce a first class effort on paper and on the web.

The print side of the effort will be a full-colour, glossy magazine. Plans call for publication of four issues per year, commencing with the Fall 2001 edition in August. The Canadian Karting website is an ambitious endeavour intended to create a community portal for grassroots motorsports. In addition to the main staples of a racing site, the latest news, information and photographs, the site will include pages that clubs and drivers can set up, maintain and update themselves via an easy-to-use interface.

"If the karting community gets involved, we can really promote the sport," Brydon says, "Karting is still a big secret, but I intend to let the cat out of the bag!"

Stories are currently being gathered and representatives of all aspects of karting are encouraged to send news of their activities. Submissions for Canadian Karting may be sent via e-mail to news@canadiankarting.ca. Inquiries, including subscription and advertising matters, should be directed by telephone to Roy Brydon at 416-248-0141.

-CK-

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