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Oswego, NY, USA
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Millions of people worldwide love racing. Many of them would like to race, but don't have the money or resources. Karting (or carting, or go-kart racing) is one of the most affordable forms of racing. But even some brands of karting are extremely expensive, and basically miniature race cars costing thousands of dollars. Stock-engine
"Super-yard karting" is the most affordable class of karting in general, costing only hundreds of dollars, and the "Galletta's Go-Kart Club" is our personalized brand of racing which we invented using converted yard-karts and homemade go-karts
- hybrid between a $400 and a $4,000 frame for the lesser price. Our rules to keep things affordable are simple: gas-only & stock-part-only motors, preferably single-wheel drive, and everything else is pretty much open to experimentation, as long as you keep it affordable to everybody else in the club! On our Galletta's Greenhouse Karting track, we've always raced with gas-only 5 horsepower Briggs and Stratton motors, and will remain that way for the time being. But on Oswego Speedway, our class
used to race in a gas-only, 6.5-horsepower-and-less class and opens up to all kinds of motors, including Over Head Valve and other brands. Either way, this page can help you get started with our cheap, affordable, and fun racing. The advantage of our class? Because we are so affordable, we usually have higher kart counts because just about anybody can afford to rent one of our karts or build their own and race with us. Here is how to do it!
1. A Galletta's Go-Kart-approved Engine: You can't buy our brand of 5 horsepower flathead Briggs and Stratton engines in stores anymore. They were discontinued on favor of OHV engines. In the future, we will go with something different
(based on a vote of all active drivers - it will be gas and box stock), but for now, all
twelve of our house karts
(starter and backup rentals) have 5hp flatheads as well as all of our
"visiting drivers" who own their own karts, and they are often found daily on eBay for an exceptionally affordable price. With a "Galletta's Style" tune-up, you'll be getting
around 45 MPH on our track in no time! This search should narrow it down and help you get started. Remember, we use stock, gas, 5 horsepower Briggs and Stratton flathead motors.
The full motor rules are found on
2. Go-Kart Frame:
The second thing you'll need is a frame. You can find any type of go-kart frame. You could use an expensive T1 frame or methanol kart-type frame
and adapt it, or you could find a used yard kart in a garage or yard sale somewhere for a few bucks
and adapt it. Or you could build your own - which is what most of the
Galletta's team karts are - built from scratch. We've taken used yard karts and built our own as well.
For the most part, the unique part of our racing is that everybody has
built or re-built their own karts, and NOT use pre-fabricated frames. We
like it this way. Whatever the case, here is a complete, do-it-yourself
Go-Kart Kit. This kit in particular is everything you'll need to get started delivered to your door. Main frame, wheels, tires, rims, steering, seat, all but the motor and some adjustments here and there. Though it has a live axle, which is not as effective on our Galletta's track unless you change the right rear to free-wheel. Also, you can buy
Build Your Own Go-Kart Manual - Revised Edition.
Drive/ Yard Kart Drive System: One of the unique things about
our Gas Stocker/Super Yard Kart class is that they are one-wheel
wonders. They are driven by a classic yard kart setup. Motor on the
left-rear side, no live axle. This makes them handle well racing
clockwise (turning right) on a dirt oval instead of the traditionally
counter-clockwise (turning left). This initially disconcerts some
people, but not people familiar with road courses or with natural
driving talent that can steer a vehicle either direction. The karts
handle a bit differently this way, which again makes them unique
compared to their WKA counterparts. Below is a close-up of the
Galletta's Go-Kart Setup.
Gearing (Clutch, sprocket, chain): Unlike super-tuned and
precise WKA-esque flat karts which race on
asphalt or high-grade clay that
only well-funded speedways can afford to utilize, racing on backyard speedways like
Galletta's means your kart must be more durable, yet can still race on
smooth surfaces as well. We use 40/41 chain with
a 10-tooth clutch and 60-tooth sprocket. This is the best gear for our
home track at Galletta's, and most of us keep that same gearing for when
we have traveled to
away tracks, or else changing several karts over twice a
week every week (which we used to do) would get quite tedious. We don't use traditional and
mass-produced racing sprockets because they are too fragile to be used
on most backyard speedways like Galletta's. Odd that some flat-kart
classes have looked down on us in the past, as our karts are more
durable, more affordable, completely original, and every bit as competitive as
"cookie-cutter" karts that
cost four to ten times as much just to even field let alone field
competitively. See our website for more
Below are outdated 2004-07
Tire specs. You may use them as a guide if wanted, but we have since changed
over to used asphalt tires to preserve smoother clay and dig less
potholes. Treads have since been
banned--on drive-wheel (left-side) tires, and either slicks or light
treads are allowed on free-wheel (right-side) tires--since both tracks we race at (Galletta's
have clay. The sizes ARE similar to what we started using in
2008, so you can still use them as a guiding point. However, the
tires themselves are racing tires, mostly with washers or homemade
yard kart rim systems to accommodate their width. One could also use
traditional racing rims and tires, but that is a bit more expensive
(and more fragile) for similar results. Again, this is how we get
professional racing out of traditional go-kart prices, so mockers
beware - there are great racers in every form of competitive racing,
and probably easily on par with any WKA field. Don't believe us? Try
5. Wheels & Tires: At Galletta's, we've never had 100% tire specifications other than your drive-wheel cannot have deep digging grooves, studs, spikes, treads to dig up the track too much. When our club races at Oswego Speedway however, slicks are mandatory, so if you're planning on racing there, then you'll need to also get a set of slicks. Here are the sizes that we've used on our Galletta's Go-Kart setups.
But, most of the below assemblies come with cheap "low speed" bearings. We take them out and put higher quality 5/8ths, preferably on all of the free-wheeling wheels. Of course, the drive-wheels need even higher quality than that. Below are the tire sizes and brands that we've used for years.
Our standard drive-wheel (left rear) hub and tire assemblies:
For the S-pattern drive-wheel tires, our standard Galletta's drive-wheel right-rear side tire for the past few seasons has been the
Carlisle 13 x 650 - 6 Turf Trac R/S. Usually, we usually get them at a place called
BJ's Small Engine located on Route 3, east of Fulton, NY. They usually have them in stock, so when you go there, please tell them that Matt from the Galletta's Go-Karts Club sent you!
You can still use these, but the tread must be work down flat, or
buy the same size as a slick. See Matt for details. Thanks!
2-Piece, 4-Hole 6in. Split Rim Has 2 13/16in. bolt circle. Fits tire 410 x 6 and 530 x 6. Will work with hub Item#s 138291 and 13830.
Note: Although we use this hub, we use washers and/or nuts for spacers and it can get a little complicated. But if you want a more durable hub, then contact us, as we know of a couple more sources, and then you may possibly be able to find a better rim to fit the wider tire.
This below set will have the slick that we like to use on Oswego Speedway's racing surface, but the rim would have to be used for left front. It would not be suitable for a left rear drive-wheel setup.
You may still use these sizes, but PLEASE use slicks only. This
reduces speeds safely as well as preserve the track for longer
Our standard left front tire size (the wheel assembly will need stronger bearings):
Our standard right front tire size (again, higher quality bearings must be used):
Our standard right rear tire size (again, higher quality bearings must be used):
Please check out these eBay motors and accessories using this handy eBay page that we've prepared for you:
Come back often for more Galletta's Go-Kart type items for sale!
The Galletta's Go-Kart Club is the central organization for the Gas Yard Kart Championship of Oswego County, NY. The club races in a series of points races at Galletta's Greenhouse and Oswego Speedway every Summer. The entire season is here for your enjoyment. With
57 different racers and 28 points races in 2007 alone, our division boasts the largest dirt kart track, most weekly karting competitors, the most laps run, the most driving talent, the most speed-for-price ratio, and the class with the highest kart counts in the local area,
and by far the most affordable carting anywhere in the world! ! If you live in or can make it to the Oswego, NY area during the Summer and early Fall months, then this is all you'll need to get started racing with us! And we guarantee that you will not find a more affordable form of racing, go-karts or otherwise!
GALLETTA'S/OSWEGO RACING YARD KART
GALLETTA'S STATISTICS |
ALL-TIME OSWEGO YARD KART
All of the regular members of the Galletta's Go-Kart club (and the
Oswego Speedway Yard Kart club) above would like to invite anybody
interested drivers to join us! We race at
Greenhouse every Sunday from June through August, and then most
Saturdays or Sundays from September through October. We also race at
Dirt Kartway every
Thursday or Friday from June through August. We have rental karts
available, or you can use the above webpage to build your own. Join us!
You won't regret the fun you'll have!
Please visit webmaster/Galletta's Speedway racer/co-founder
Chris "Crusher Comics" Stevens's other websites that include my cartoons, graphic novel, comic books and children's book:
Galletta's All-Time Points.
Oswego All-Time Points.
All-Time Win Stats