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The beginnings of the modern-day Galletta's Go-Kart track - The mid-1990s:
The beginnings of the modern-day
Galletta's Go-Kart track - The mid-1990s:
Oh how the years went by. Matt got his #3 Go-Kart in 1990 (a used kart
of a friend which they rebuilt several times), followed by Chris getting
his original #1 in 1992 (a tank of a Thunder Island Kart which was too
heavy to compete with the smaller #3, so they stripped it and used the
parts to build the #2; something some visiting drivers should also do).
This then resumed the racing rivalry, and young Chris and Matt further
honed their racing prowess in their furious battles. The track was
formed around the old "Chrusher Coliseum Football Field" and the Fort
Crusher treehouse, (which later became the race tower in 2005). The
track was later slightly shortened to stop in front of the tower house,
and slowly, but surely, a track was born through hundreds of races and
years of Matt's hard work. Then, after just a few years of Matt and
Chris battling 1-on-1 (occasionally with Jesse "The Liar" Jesse
Vivlemore driving one) we got a third kart, the #4 - a brand new Manco
out of the box - and dragged Ogre into our early conflicts, schooling
him in the ways of the racing arts as well.
Meanwhile, countless locals
discovered the track and felt that they learned enough alleged skillz
drinking beer and watching NASCAR "press gas peddle and turn left - *BURP*!"
in drunken stupors to challenge the boys! So, we threw them into our
battles in addition to our friends and relatives just long enough to
properly school them. We now resume our picture gallery after we further
dragged friends, relatives, and acquaintances into our epic battles that
raged on in the mid-1990s but took no pics until '98.
1998 Klassic (Spelled with a "K" because we race Karts,
Chrusher (#2), Matt (#3) and Wes (#4) prepare the karts for the 1998
80-lap Klassic. Back when we only had 3 karts!
Right: Before the race, Chrusher, in the Deuce, lets everyone know that
he is #1 (though he placed 2nd).
Ogre, in the #4, smiled for the camera before
RaYzor Castaldo delivers a brutal WWE-style kick to the back of the skull!
This pic was even talked about on Ray's obnoxious internet radio
Chris is dejected after a grueling 80 laps,
after another futile attempt to defeat his little brother Matt for the 3rd straight Klassic
and Points Championships in a row.
Matt is getting revenge for all of those childhood beatings that Chris
delivered upon him!
Matt wins! (What else is new... other than his long hair! Haha!) Also, RaYzor
looks on, looking rather womanly.
Back when we only had 4 karts! Chris finally
beat Matt's streak and won the Klassic and Points Titles this year, in the #2.
According to some, here are "The Galletta's
Boys!" Matt & Chris. (Even though that's only our mother's maiden name.)
Left: Wesley James TrOgre Stevens... looking
as mean as ever! Well, at least his kart was clean back then!
Right: One of Chris' best buddies, a hair-bag named RaYzor, poses next to the then-brand-new #1.
(Poor Ray... not even my friends are safe from the wrath of my humor,
much less our go-kart buddies.)
The #1 kart when it was first built and with a
fresh paint job... Before several rental drivers wrecked the thing into
hell! This was the 2nd Ogre Chassis in our fine collection.
Here, Chris was the dominant factor, winning his 2nd of 3 straight Klassics in
his brand new Ogre Chassis #5 (after winning the '99 one in the #2).
Matt failed in his brand new Ogre Chassis #6. Joined here by a cousin
named "Bowser" Brian
Galletta and an uncle named Larry.
In 2001, we raced with brother limited drivers Fran
and Cameron Rowe, Eric Syrell, Sean Stevens, and Brian Galletta among
Cam helped Matt create stagger on the karts, which in past seasons, we
had absolutely none. This increased the speeds about one second. Cam
also won a feature (becoming the 1st visitor to do so) but was plagued
with a hairline fracture of the drive wheel axle all season. And Eric
led a good portion of the Klassic early, but it wound up being his only
appearance. Problem is, this group stopped attending just as they were getting good.
Time to find more new drivers! Chris won his third of three straight
Klassics and Track Chamionships that year, in his orange #5.
Tom Culeton, DJ, Dan and Chris Lupa, Dan Allnut and friends joined us in 2002.
Tommy invented a new kind of accident: the Tommy-Gun-Fast-Flip, where he
violently and quickly flipped several times that year. They raced great all year, and thus created our greatest season to that date, but
mysteriously stopped the next year, again leaving the trio to groom
new competition. This season is the one where we dramatically decreased
our kart breakdowns, simply by using large drivewheel tires and thicker
gauged drivewheel chain. Matt snapped Chris' 3-year Klassic and Track
Championship winning streak here.
The 2003 Klassic:
Our cousin, Brian Galletta, invaded our 2003
Klassic with his friends. Yes, he is flipping you the bird!
Opening lap saw Brian Galletta set a fast pace over time-trail-winner
Chris, Matt, and Ogre. Matt continued his Klassic and Points Standings
Championship winning streak, but only after a fierce battle between
himself, Chris and Ogre late. Again, this group was starting to get
pretty good, one of them even scoring one regular-season win, but then
all of the sudden, stopped coming.
Assorted captures from the 2003 Classic:
1. #3 Matt Stevens (Classic winner & track champion)
2. #4 Ogre Stevens
3. #5. Chris Stevens
4. The other guys
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