[Kartbuilding] Boys & Girls Clubs of The NorthTowns - Annie's Place Teen Center hope you can help guide me on a fundraiser I am hoping to do

Stephen Burke stephen at sburke.eu
Mon Nov 21 19:58:29 GMT 2011

Hi Christine,

I'm glad you liked the Red Bull race idea. It would indeed be
interesting to see if you hear anything back from them. Hopefully
they'll get back to you with mode ideas and help.

I think you are correct in not having an engine. I think the adult soap
box derby cart idea is a good one. Perhaps you could have/require a 2
person team where there is sort of a relay race and both people must
take turns driving.
There are plenty of other ideas, including qualifying times, and then a
final race.

I think the recycled parts idea is very good. Lots of people have old
bicycles, prams, seats etc. which can be used.
You could even do a prize for most whacky kart design, and best use of
recycled parts prize.

The future is green, as they say.

Best of luck with it. Feel free to drop me an email and let us know how
it goes.


On 19/11/2011 23:09, christine hausrath wrote:
> Hi again!!
> I watched the Red Bull races and how neat it sure made me laugh!!!
> This is exactly what I would like to see at our race...lots of fun!!!
>  I did contact Red Bull to see if they would be interested in our
> race...it will be interesting to see what happens with them. But if
> not there still are the Beer companies and Meat companies...I'm going
> to try all avenues....but it sure will be fun!!!!
> I'll keep ya posted if its OK with you.
> Send'n a Smile ...and Thank You again!!!
> Christine
> On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 12:07 AM, christine hausrath wrote:
>     Hi Stephan
>     Thank You for responding to my email.
>     I think you are right as far as everyone building their own wacky
>     design cart for their business or organization. I didn't think
>     about an admission fee that certainly would be a plus.
>     I am not looking to have the folks add an engine...I am hoping to
>     pitch this as an adult soap box derby cart. My thoughts on some
>     type of plan would be so everyone could have the same basic
>     foundation and then could build on that. I think using the request
>     of using recycled objects to build the cart is a positive in many
>     ways. I will be bringing this up at our next Executive Meeting.
>     If you don't mind I will keep ya posted and keep ya updated.
>     Thanks so much!!!
>     Send'n a Smile your way!!!
>     Christine
>     On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 1:49 PM, Stephen Burke wrote:
>         Hi Christine,
>         From reading your email, I am immediately reminded of the "red
>         bull soap box race". See http://www.redbullsoapboxusa.com/ and
>         http://blog.kartbuilding.net/2008/05/13/red-bull-soap-box-race-in-belfast-25-may-2008/
>         Most of the fun and excitement is in people coming up with
>         their own whacky designs, and building the karts from whatever
>         parts and things they can find in their back garden.
>         If you prepare a "standard" kart, with set out plans, it can
>         get costly buying quantities of parts. It would work out
>         cheaper if people built their own karts from old bycycles and
>         pieces timber.
>         You'll also have to decide whether you want people to have
>         engines, or like the red bull soap box race, just have it on a
>         hill and race that way. Again, if you want everyone to have an
>         engine, the costs will increase a lot, and it gets more
>         technical to build the kart and to have a transmission setup.
>         You can of course, use any of the plans on the
>         kartbuilding.net <http://kartbuilding.net> website. Most of
>         the kart chassis can easily be increased to suit a large
>         adult. It's usually just to make the chassis a little longer
>         to accomodate longer legs.
>         I do think it can be done as a fund raiser, for people to
>         enter the race, and maybe too for people to come and watch.
>         If you have any specific questions on any parts of making a
>         kart, just drop us an email.
>         Best of luck,
>         -steve
>         On Mon, 14 Nov 2011, christine hausrath wrote:
>             Hi Stephan
>             I was very happy to see your site regarding GoKarts and I
>             am hoping you can help me or guide me on a Fund Raiser I
>             am hoping to have this
>             upcoming year.
>             I am on the Board (Vice President) for The Boys & Girls
>             Clubs of The NorthTowns located at 54 Riverdale Avenue
>             Buffalo NY 14207. Since Grants and
>             donations aren't
>             as plentiful as they use to be, I know we need to think
>             out of the box, so my thoughts were....how fun would it be
>             to have a  Corporate Challenge
>             Grown Up GoKart Race.
>             I think opening the door to have everyone build their own
>             Karts and decorate them and having a party after the race
>             would be not only a great
>             time . I think this would be a great time for everyone and
>             opening the doors to a challenge could really help us out
>             this year for items the kids
>             need at :The Club".
>             So my question to you is......is there a way we could
>             maybe offer plans for size to accommodate adults??? Is
>             this something you could help guide
>             me through??
>             I am hoping to ask "Chevrolet PowerTrain" if we could hold
>             the function there....but I need to start this project now
>             so I can reach out to
>             businesses in our Western New York area to raise funds.
>             Please let me know your thoughts??? Do you think this
>             would be something that can be tweeked to do as a
>             fundraiser???
>             Many Thanks!!!
>             Send'n a Smile!!!
>             Christine Hausrath   
>          VP Executive Board - The Boys & Girls Clubs of The NorthTowns

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