By Jeanne Glanders
Study up and get ready for the Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix, which will bring go-kart racing back to the streets of downtown Elkhart for the first time in 22 years.
The Aug. 11-13 event features a 0.6-mile track following the Riverwalk. It crosses the Elkhart River twice every lap, looping around the NIBCO Water and Ice Park and using Waterfall Drive and East Jackson Boulevard.
During the mid-1990s, the Elkhart Grand Prix drew an estimated 40,000 spectators and more than 600 racers from around the world.
Get ready for the races by checking out the collections of Elkhart and Goshen public libraries. With our partnership, you can get these items at any location.
“The Karting Manual: The complete beginner’s guide to competitive kart racing” by Jo~ao Diniz Sanches and “Karting: Everything you need to know” by Jeff Grist and Memo Gidley are the perfect place to start. For more technical aspects of kart building, look at “Go Kart Racing- Chassis Setup: a complete guide to a better handling kart” by Brian Martin.
* Two novels in the Sports Story series by Jake Maddox: “Kart crash” and “Go-kart Rush”
* “Kart Racer” (rated PG) is a father-and-son bonding movie about karting.
Start your engines!