|Christmas Gift Ideas for the Karting Enthusiast
|Do you have an empty tree? Having trouble deciding on Christmas gifts? Let EKN help you fill it up. Listed below are some ideas for the man, child and lady in your life that may speed you through the process. Our ideas are mostly categorized by price range but includes a special ladies section to kick things off. There's a big variety of unique gift items for that special person, a crew member or sponsor you’d like to show your appreciation to this season. Photos for most all gift suggestions are located in our Ribtect Photo Gallery. To view them, click on the "Photos" navigation link at the top of this page and select, "Christmas Gift Ideas."
For starters, we’re offering some suggestions for the ladies in your life and blend into to various items listed by dollar range. Happy shopping!
FOR THE LADIES
| Chopard Happy Sport|
Chopard Happy Sport Ladies Watch - $8,480 What better way to make up to the lady in your life for all the money you’ve spent on karting through the years than to buy her a new watch this Christmas? Our selection, the Chopard Happy Sport Ladies Watch. And happy she’ll be with this polished 18k yellow gold steel case and bracelet. It has five brilliant round diamonds protected by two sapphire crystals. The case is accented by four red ruby cabochons on the lugs and bezel is surrounded with diamonds. White dial with gold Roman numeral markers. The crown is topped with a red ruby cabochon. Swiss quartz movement, water resistant to 30M. Buy her this and you’re sure to have her locked in your arms at trackside for all time - Chopard, "A Journey to Luxury!. Available at http://www.bacario.com or visit http://www.chopard.com
Victoria’s Secret For the Ladies - $25 and up It’s hard to go wrong with a gift from Victoria’s Secret for the ladies in your life as long as you stay away from purchasing the skimpy personal items as great as the temptation might be. In addition, it might make for a fun visit to check things out, but remember what you went there for. As a safe suggestion, they have a great line of perfumes, lotions and scents that most all women I know love.
Their newest scent is called Very Sexy with scents for both men and women; both are great. For a classic VS scent and my personal favorite that always brings in compliments, is in their Dream Angels collection called Heavenly. It’s soft, smooth and blended with White Peony and White Musk. Price range in this line is varied from $25-55. You might also choose to add their Velvet Luxe Body Lotion; it has a feel unlike any lotions available and if you’re lucky . . . VS also offers sweaters, coats and other practical but feminine items and can be purchased online at http://www.victoriassecret.com or visit one of their many stores at the malls. Click on “Beauty” or “Gifts on their navigation bar to locate the items we've suggested.
| Bonspeed Lady Camber|
Bonspeed Lady Camber Watch-$245 For those of you who don’t have the budget for a Rolex, here’s a more realistic idea for the lady who loves racing in your life. She will love the gold plated Lady Camber watch offered at http://www.eracingoutlet.com It’s truly a unique piece that will be an attention getter. We liked the gold plated outline with black dial and band, but over 20 color combinations are offered.
FOR THE GEARHEADS, KIDS and RACE FANS
GIFTS UNDER $100
| Birel, 40 Years of Technology and Karting History|
Birel, 40 Years of Kart Technology and History A new 336 page book, ‘Birel, 40 Years of Kart Technology and History’ written by Riccardo Perrone in collaboration with Birel is now available featuring over 600 pictures, drawings and diagrams. This immense publication (25 x 28 x 2.9cm) is the definitive history of the Italian manufacturer, featuring archive family photos and histories as well as in depth technical detail. This glossy volume, bursting with information not just on Birel but the development of karting over the decades, will look fantastic on any coffee table and a great read. Call MRP Motorsport to place your order today at (269) 756-9133 .
Birel Travel Bag - $83.50 – Manufactured by MIR and available at MRP and some of the numerous Birel dealers near you. This bag is manufactured by MIR, made of a heavy nylon and loaded with enough room to fit all your racewear and helmet inside. It also can be used as a weekender bag for clothing. Visit http://www.mrpmotorsport.com and look under “more products” on their navigation bar or inquire at a Birel dealer near you.
Super HQ “Motorsport” Graphics Kit - $99 Does your driver have graphics with rubber marks, and battle scars from a season of racing? Birel drivers with pre-2003 chassis can put the pizzazz back in their look and get the latest look with a new graphics kit available from MRP. The photo shown here is for pre-03 rectangular pods. These graphics fit only the pre 2003 rectangular pods. This kit, as well as kits for 2003 and later chassis are available at MRP Motorsport at http://www.mrpmotorsport.com
| Oversteer, Vol 1 DVD|
Oversteer DVD, Vol. 1 – Closeout Priced at $9.95 – Here’s a great buy offered at Eracingoutlet while supplies last. Oversteer, Vol. 1 delivers exciting wheel-to-wheel action from the best drivers at the best tracks. See from the racer's perspective what it's like to push a machine to the edge, and sometimes beyond. Oversteer's soundtrack features some of the hottest new acts, including Earshot and Dry Cell. This film delivers a visual and sonic assault - you will want to crank up the volume, and never look away.
In addition to the feature presentation, Oversteer contains bonus materials for both your A/V system and your PC. Included in this DVD are commentary, screen savers, wallpaper, and more information on how you can get into kart racing. Complete your viewing library with the Oversteer DVD, Vol. 1 – A must for any karting visual library - Visit http://eracingoutlet.com/product_info.php?cPath=32&products_id=683 to order.
| Diecast Birel model kart|
Birel Die Cast Scale Model Kart - $14.95 Here’s a way cool die cast model Birel for both the kids and men who love karting. It comes with changeable wheels and a tiny wrench to help kids practice the mechanical aspects or for the men when they are board at work. It’s available at MRP Motorsports at http://www.mrpmotorsport.com/scale_model_kart.htm or by calling MRP at (269) 756-9133
EKN Driver Ultra Site - $9.99 per month Spread out the expense of your gift throughout the season by giving an Ekartingnews Driver Ultra Site and buy as many month’s as you’d like. This personalized web site, offered through our driver’s section, is a great way for your driver to impress and showcase sponsors and easily offer family, friends and sponsors the ability to check out the latest news regarding your driver.
The Ultra Site goes beyond the standard profiles found in the EKN Drivers Section and is easy to set up and update throughout the year with photos, breaking news and more plus a personal web address to impress all. Visit http://www.ekartingnews.com/drivers.php and look to the right side of the driver’s page for instructions. You’ll need to register (it’s free) with EKN first or work from the current listing that may already be created. For more details on what the Ultra Site offers, see the “Marketing and PR Tips” story at http://www.ekartingnews.com/news_info.php?n=1699 –info on the Ultra Sites starts on the third paragraph.
| Jet Block storage container by Italian Motors|
Billet Jet Block - $55 Now here’s a little organizational idea that’s really high quality and would be appreciated by the recipients. It’s one of those cool things that a tuner has their eye on, but perhaps shied away from because it seemed extravagant. Made of Billet aluminum, this block stores carburetor jets compactly and neatly fits safely inside of a tool box. Call Italian Motors at (604) 25304248 or visit http://www.italianmotors.com
Billet Chain Breakers - $35 A chain breaker is an essential tool for the karting mechanic and available for 219 and 35 chain at Italian Motors. Visit http://www.italianmotors.com or call (604) 253-4248
Karting Photography Who wouldn’t love to receive an action or still photograph taken during the past season? There are numerous photographers who have shot thousands of pictures throughout the year of many drivers at events. In addition, an artistic collection of random shots make for an ideal gift as well. Add a nice frame and you’ve got a great gift for the office wall or to build a home hall of fame. See the end of this article for specific contact info on the various photographers working the karting industry.
| SKUSA SuperNats VI Video|
2002 SKUSA SuperNationals 6 Video $7 & $12 Take home a part of karting history. Three hours of karting from Saturday and three hours from Sunday’s SuperNats VI. $7 each or $12 for the two tape set. Get yours before they are gone forever. Call SKUSA at (614) 760-9540
CRG Official Clothing - $Various – Get official CRG team clothing from Genesis Racing, SSC Racing or many CRG dealers nation wide. Visit Genesis at http://www.genesisracingproducts.com or SSC at http://www.sscracing.com
WKA Merchandise The WKA store is loaded with WKA official merchandise from headwear to denim and t-shirts, bags and more. They are offering a holiday special giving a free cap with orders of $75 or more. To view their offerings visit, http://www.wkastore.com/HomePage.html
SKUSA Logo Apparel - $30 & $40 SKUSA logo embroidered polo shirt. Wear the attitude! Shirts available in black and tan, $30. Also available are SKUSA dark gray hooded sweatshirts for $40 each. Contact SKUSA at (614) 760-9540
| Sparco Pro Kart Gloves|
Sparco Driving Gloves - $32 to $55 Now who couldn’t use a new pair of gloves every now and then? Sparco offers a great selection of driving gloves for karting applications. There are three options offered at http://www.eracingoutlet.com – the Cadet, Pro Kart and Super Kart. The ProKart has been made with a high quality synthetic suede and the fingers maintain a good feel for carb tuning and the palm area is padded with suede and helps to draw moisture away from the palm area. Available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL in Black, Red and Blue.
Mario Kart Double Dash More karts, more characters, more tracks equals more chaos for this beloved Nintendo game that showed the world how to spell kart with a “K” This most recent edition of this popular Nintendo game is now available in numerous stores world wide. Kyle Martin spent many summer afternoons playing the original version of this game on the big screen in my living room during his teenage years and look how good of a driver he turned out to be!
Birel Cap - $15.90 – Now what Birel lover wouldn’t appreciate a new clean Birel cap? Visit http://www.mrpmotorsport.com or http://www.3sbirelracing.com or numerous Birel dealers near you.
| Gatorz Sunglasses|
Gatorz Sunglasses - $130 They’re hot in style, durable, functional and just plain cool at the race track. The Gatorz Batray style shown here offers sleek, stylish lines for outdoor, riding, or casual affairs. Made of billet aluminum, these sunglasses are stronger than steel and lighter than plastic. With a choice of seven different aluminum frame colors and a selection of 13 lens colors, you can truly customize your Gatorz eyewear for your needs and lifestyle. Visit http://eracingoutlet.com/product_info.php?products_id=749 – free shipping is offered from Eracingoutlet.com
Seat Mounting Tool - $154.80 - This little tool ensures professional seat mounting results and the ability for your driver to mount seat without assistance from others. A perfect fit everytime! Also includes an adjustable seat back placement tool (not pictured) that easily adjusts to the distance desired from the rear axle. Available at MRP Motorsports at http://www.mrpmotorsports.com
Men’s Bonspeed Camber Watch - $195 The Bonspeed Men’s Camber Racing watch is a statement in style with a distinctive look with a chronograph movement and the PU rubber flex bracelet. The Camber features a real carbon fibre dial with luminous hour markers, Citizen® quartz chronograph movement with date and is water resistant to 50 meters. Available at http://www.eracingoutlet.com
| Shift Jet Suit|
Shift Jet Kart Suit - $249.95 Among the hottest look in shifterkart wear today is the Shift Jet Kart Suit as seen worn by numerous hot karting stars such as Juliana Chiovitti, Wade Van Hooser, Darren Rudolph, Kyle Martin and more. It’s radical in design and hot looking on the driver! It’s both functional and comfortable with flex mobility panels at the knees, shoulders, crotch and back. Made of 100% Cordura nylon in the body area. The Shift Jet suit fits especially well on the smaller framed drivers and kids who struggle with finding a proper fit. Available in both adult and kid sizes at http://www.upracing.com in a variety of colors.
Sparco Driving Shoes - $103.52 Here’s a deal found at Genesis racing, the comfortable and functional Sparco driving shoes shown here are offered at a substantial savings below the $158 retail price. Steal these at http://www.genesisracingproducts.com
Race Driver - $99 and Race Driver Pro - $199 Software Here’s a great idea for the organized and analytical types who like to work with computers. Now there’s a race driver management software program for karting! Drivers can track all their sessions - practice, qualifying, or a race - and save data on tire temperatures, tire pressures, gearing and other valuable settings. Ideal for multi-kart teams. For each session, compare driver to driver or session to session data for instant detail of where you are faster.
| Race Driver Software|
Race Driver Pro, just released December 1st, interfaces with Hot Lap, Intercomp, MoTeC and MyChron3 so drivers can import their lap times automatically from AMB scoring systems. If you’re interested in Race Driver Pro, hurry with your order because the $199 price tag is an introductory sale price of $199 that will increase to $299 in the near future. For more information on both, visit http://www.racemanager.com
New CIK Bodywork - $125-$200 for complete kits – Give an older chassis the latest European look this season and a busy project for your driver over the winter months. Now that the CIK bodywork issues have been sorted out this past year, perhaps your driver would like to update their pre-’03 chassis with the latest 2003 styles of bodywork, the first major changes in many, many years.
Numerous side pods, nassau panels and front spoilers are abundant and available this Christmas from KG, Freeline, Righetti Ridolfi and CRG. New mounting hardware is also available for most brands that make the fit on pre-03 chassis easy to mount. Inquire with the body work dealer about proper fit for older chassis and legality issues with the organizations rules they compete under.
• KG http://www.kgkarting.it – Visit KG’s Italian based web site to view the KG brand and locate their US dealers. TS Racing, one of their many US dealers has a good pictorial and description to help sort it all out at http://www.tsracing.com/Manuals/EuroBodyIndex.htm
• Freeline for Birel – visit http://www.mrpmotorsport.com or http://www.3sbirelracing.com
• Righetti Ridolfi http://www.righettiridolfi.com or visit Kart Warehouse World USA at http://www.kartwarehouseworld.com or call John’s Kart Shop, US Importer for Righetti, at (800) 747-KART for a list of US dealers.
• Aero Star for CRG chassis – http://www.sscracing.com
SKM Products - $Various SKM is among the biggest manufacturers of high technology European chassis parts with a universal fit for many of today’s European karts. As a Christmas special, Champion Racing is offering a 20% discount off of retail for the complete line of SKM high technology parts for karts to the racer at a 20% discount off of retail. Visit http://www.championracing.com or call (405) 579-KART for more information.
ARC Graphics- $ various Boost your driver’s image with custom creations from ARC Graphics. The California-based company has a variety of screen printed products sold to the karting industry. Whether you need mini-size identification labels or large-size graphics, they have superior graphic products that can build and maintain your image. From design to production, they can create promotional decals, banners and much more. Our goal is to boost exposure, build identity, support promotions and events, as well as encourage word-of-mouth advertising, drive traffic to your website and build sales. Shown here is one of the unique kart designs done for eracingoutlet.com. Visit ARC at http://www.arcgraphicsus.com or call (909) 627-4556 to discuss ideas for a unique gift this season.
GIFTS $200 and UP
| Sparco Monaco|
Sparco Monaco Karting Suit - $339 Sparco karting suits are also a high fashion, high quality suit worn by many top drivers in karting today. The Monaco, is a two-color version of the Imola and among their most recently released suits for karting needs. It features Sparco’s exclusive Independent Mobility system for greater upper body flexibility and movement, an ultra soft professional style collar, and internal front pockets. The Monaco also features Sparco’s new Level-2 abrasion resistant polyester/cotton blend fabric, as well as the 100% soft cotton terry cloth inner layer. The Monaco is certainly a distinctive and professional look to dress your driver in and used by many of the top teams in the world. Available in Black/White, Yellow/White, Blue/Shiny Grey and Red/White in sizes 46-62 at http://www.eracingoutlet.com Eracingoutlet also carries the complete line of Sparco safety wear in a variety of options and price ranges.
MIR 09 Racing Suit - $229 US Dollars The MIR09 Racing suit is among the most up to date karting suit developed in collaboration with the best karters in the world. Well ventilated and highly durable for driver comfort and safety. Available in sizes 28-64 in a variety of color combinations at
http://www.italianmotors.com/ or by calling (604) 253-4248
| Impact Lil' Champ|
Impact Lil’ Champ Helmet - $299 Kids grow up fast and having to purchase a new helmet that fits properly every year wastes time and money. The Lil' Champ solves this problem: One helmet fits all sizes from small to large. Designed to for young racers all the way up to adulthood, the Lil' Champ features Quick-Fit memory foam sizing pads that make it easy to custom fit the helmet for small, medium or large heads. The inserts can also be custom shaped for in-between sizes. The Lil' Champ is DOT and SFI certified. Available at http://www.upracing.com or http://www.cometkartsales.com and numerous Impact dealers throughout the country.
| Alfano Pro from Genesis|
Alfano Pro - $273 The Alfano is an excellent performance measuring device. The Alfano Small dashboard type design is compact and robust. The Alfano Pro has many functions including lap timing, temperature and RPM’s plus an amazing memory of information.
Race Manager Software – Starting at $1,500 Here’s an idea for track owners and club promoters that will ease their work load and make things more efficient. Race Manager is a software product from LanSharks designed specifically to manage motorsports memberships, clubs, races, dues and events. This easy to use software package improves the way organizations manage their events and maintain control of all the details specific to their members and karts. For more information, visit http://www.racemanager.com
| The MyChron 3|
MyChron 3 by Aimsports - $349 The new MyChron3 model gage includes a tachometer, one temperature input, and lap times. With a beautiful new display the MyChron3 has a backlight standard and 250 lap memory with maximum and minimum RPM values per lap, as well as maximum temperature per lap. It also has a built in 10Hz data logger for playback on screen or a high speed USB download to a PC and use of the powerful Race Studio software. With 64kb of memory, the MyChron3 will record about 25 minutes of rpm and temperature data. The MyChron 3 includes the built-in data logger, infrared transmitter and receiver, rpm pick-up, and 1 temperature sensor (your choice of CHT, EGT or H20). The MyChron3 is now shipping with a suggested retail of $349
| An original work of art by Smith Speed Creations|
Original Karting Art by Smith Speed Creations - $450 and up Smith Speed Creations offer racers and racing fans a chance to capture a special moment or a favorite driver in an original hand painted piece of art work. Whether your celebrating your team's big victory or honoring your league's champion, let artist Jim Smith create a vibrant and exciting memento that will be cherished for years to come. Jim is the official artist of the "Shifter Kart Illustrated Excellence Awards" where his depiction of the Driver of the Year is annually the top prize for the nation's best shifter pilot. For any subject from Cadet karts to Formula 1, you can reach Jim at 847-690-5537 or email to: email@example.com . Prices start at $450.00 for a 20 inch by 30 inch original.
(Bill Kistler photo)
Karting Photography Who wouldn’t love to receive an action or still photograph taken during the past season? There are numerous photographers who have shot thousands of pictures throughout the year of many drivers at events. In addition, an artistic collection of random shots make for an ideal gift as well. Add a nice frame and you’ve got a great gift for the office wall or to build a home hall of fame.
Among the photographers to contact are:
Action Enterprises, Inc. – Bruce Walls
Primarily shoots in East region at WKA events
Web Site: http://www.printroom.com/pro/actionracephotos
Primary travel in So-Cal area regionals, club events and some nationals within the region
E-Mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
MLP Imaging – Mark LaCour
Primary travel to major national events, tailors to industry and clients
Web Site: http://www.photoreflect.com
On-the-Edge-Photos – Todd Bloomer
Primary travel in So-Cal area.
Web Site – http://www.ontheedgephotos.com
E-Mail – email@example.com
Racepixs – Bill Kistler
Primary travel to many national events
Web Site – http://www.racepixs.com
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
ShiftSport Imagery – Jeff Deskins
Primary travel to major national shifter kart events, tailors to industry and clients
Web Site – http://www.shiftsport.com
E-mail – email@example.com
state of ART - Ken Johnson
Primary travel to southern regionals, sometimes to national events, tailors to industry clients and focuses on web design
Web Site: http://www.soa-design.com