Looking back and moving forward: my-KART's journey continues

2006 was yet another wonderful year for my-KART.

As I write this review, events in my-KART pale in comparison with the realities of life. The flooding in the southern states of the country, and in neighbouring Indonesia, as well as typhoons in the Philippines and earthquakes in Taiwan, and not to mention the many unrests around the world.

Still, every bit that my-KART does has its purpose in the whole scheme of things. For my-KART it is about bringing the fun and excitement of racing to as many people as possible. I believe that my-KART has met these modest aims.

The success of my-KART thus far is a tribute the members, the participants (very fair, very competitive yet safe), the volunteers and the many hardworking core members. I thank all of you for the success you brought to my-KART.

We've come a long way.

my-KART has now existed for more than 4 years and 4 championship seasons. Starting from a modest funkart series in 2002/2003 and a handful of karting enthusiasts, we expanded to include a K2 and K3 category in the KART series in 2004 (which remains popular to this day), and adding the Mega Enduro series in 2005 and 2006. Today we see around 40 to 50 participants at each KART series event and around 8-10 teams in each Mega Enduro. We ran a total of 16 events in 2006. This has kept us fairly busy.

On the administrative side, my-KART has finally obtained approval from the National Sports Commission for the formation of Kelab my-KART Selangor. This is a significant milestone for my-KART. With the formation of the club, my-KART can further expand its role in popularising grassroots motorsports in the country. With the establishment of the club, my-KART can now become a viable channel for the development and promotion of grassroots motorsports. The next step for my-KART is affiliation with the FIA's sole representative in the country - the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM). Enthusiasts wishing to progress further in racing can use Kelab my-KART Selangor as a launchpad for their racing careers and club membership for their racing license application.

That said, my-KART shall remain true to its roots... which is to bring racing to the masses. This is our core purpose.

Successes we can all be proud of.

my-KART's bread and butter is the amateur kart races. We organised 10 sprint races, 5 mega enduros and 1 special event in 2006.

The KART series sprint races remains the most popular of all our events. Each race attracted around 40 drivers each. More than 130 drivers participated in the sprint races this year. Both the K2 and K3 finales were nail biting thrillers with down to the wire finishes. In both series, the leader was pipped to the post. In K2, veteran Razak Halim squeeked past an unfortunate Zoolhilmi - both on equal 99 points but Razak edging ahead on qualifying points. In K3, the season long leader Nazri Ng was eventually passed on the finish line by season long challenger Nizam Rahman. 119 vs 120 points. This was a photo finish script Hollywood would approve.

The Mega Enduro series was equally exciting. Early leaders PC Net Comm look set to clinch an easy championship win. However a sustained mid-season slump allowed chief challenger, Team Aliens, to invade on their parade. PC Net had to dig deep in the final round to retain their slender lead and hoist the KartQuest Challenge Trophy (donated by Raja Razman) for the first time. 78 vs 77 points.

To wrap up 2006, we organised a season grand finale with a K1 pilot on 2 December 2006. Even the rain could not have dampened the spirits of the participants on the day. The K1 pilot event saw tremendous support of 14 drivers... boding well for the future K1 series.

Through all this, my-KART continues to unearth some racing talents, some buayas, child prodigies, and some remarkably spirited veteran racers. Motorsports in Malaysia needs to uncover these talents... but not all of them can afford to race. This is why my-KART will continue its presence in the rental karting scene.

Still some improvements needed.

That said, 2006 could have been much better. Several my-KART initiatives stalled for a variety of reasons. At the end of 2005, we planned to launch the Inter Company, Car Club (IC3) championship series in 2006. However due to lack of focus, the IC3 plan had to be put on hold. IC3 is necessary in the future to expand my-KART's appeal to a broader and more corporate segment.

In addition to IC3, there remains an opportunity for a series involving schools, colleges and universities. A notable number of my-KART participants are students. However, the current my-KART series may be even costly for them. So a solution will need to be developed to address this particular segment.

Aside from these alternative series, a key ladder for my-KART sprint series participants is the K1 series. The K1 series is meant to be the next step above the K2 series, but just below the owner karter series like the Rotax Max Challenge and the Asian Karting Championships. Affordability remains the main challenge in launching this series. Karting like all motorsports remains relatively expensive. This makes launching the K1 series very difficult. That said, I fully believe that we can come to an acceptable solution. We will be spending more effort to develop this further.

Moving forward - 2007 and beyond...

What is important right now is for my-KART to sustain participation in the K2 and K3 series and provide a channel for drivers through a feasible progression path. These decisions and directions will be based on the following principles:

  • affordable & accessible
  • safe & professional
  • fun & exciting competition
  • sustainable & relevant

To this end, my-KART shall continue to focus on the following activities in 2007:

  • community: building the community & be active in social activities
  • members: continue to drive memberships & inculcate our values amongst our members
  • excellence: focus on excellence in our racing events
  • alliances: forge alliances
  • awareness: create corporate awareness, and wider visibility

Community and members are the lifeblood of my-KART. It is important that this aspect of my-KART is strengthened further. my-KART is a club which serves the members and the wider population of racing enthusiasts. Its success is driven by the members themselves. None of what we have done today could be achieved without you all. All the my-KART activities and the successes gained were purely from member volunteer work and tireless effort. I cannot thank all of you individually here, but you know who you are.

The strength of our club moving forward is a function of the continued contribution from all members in driving the club towards its greater goal of popularising grassroots motorsports. We shall continue to identify and develop programmes to meet the needs of members and enthusiasts. Amongst others, we will need to do the following -

  • develop broad areas of interests and benefits for members
  • create a specific function for fund raising activities, funding and commercialisation efforts
  • develop the K1 series - an affordable nextstep for experienced K2 members
  • revisit IC3 and ISCU (Inter School, Colleges and Universities) to expand the appeal of karting
  • design coaching programmes & clinics for members
  • establish a communications function to generate the visibility and awareness

The Club will have its first Annual General Meeting in April 2007. I would ask all members to participate in the coming AGM and shape the direction of my-KART and amateur karting in Malaysia. Hopefully, one day the country would become a true motorsports nation and participation in motorsports is no longer limited to the elite.

Forza my-KART!

cheers
fazz

Comments

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Tarmizi

hmmm...to complete the image of my kart not only for "adults"....im trying to think of a way to attract younger bloods into my-karts...and i know this is only possible if they have the support from their parents....."thinking"//

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rizalkhalid

Probably we should allocated the later part of the saturday for the young ones. may be set the age at 15 before they can join the "seniors". However, we may have problems with the karts. There is only one kart that fits my son, for example.

The younger ones should be categoried in age group or just anyone below 15. the K3 is already too packed to allow young driver to join in. It's a question of pride. Hopefully City Karting have more of these smaller sized karts. I am sure then, the parents will have avenues to indulge these young padawans.

Jules

as posted in another thread - if you can harness enough young drivers....all around the same age group n hopefully built......AP can cook up some smaller karts for the juniors.

so pls start ur own rallying to kick this idea of K4....

mine still too young. K6 also not yet qualify!

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sabelt

Jules wrote:
as posted in another thread - if you can harness enough young drivers....all around the same age group n hopefully built......AP can cook up some smaller karts for the juniors.

so pls start ur own rallying to kick this idea of K4....

mine still too young. K6 also not yet qualify!

Then i should be in k7 series then. Not married and aren't eligable to make baby at this time.

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saa73

sabelt wrote:
Jules wrote:
as posted in another thread - if you can harness enough young drivers....all around the same age group n hopefully built......AP can cook up some smaller karts for the juniors.

so pls start ur own rallying to kick this idea of K4....

mine still too young. K6 also not yet qualify!

Then i should be in k7 series then. Not married and aren't eligable to make baby at this time.

then you should head up the "K7" subcommittee...my-KART dating/matchmaking services....and for starters, your job will be to attract more female karters into our events...can or not??
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TheFazz

saa73 wrote:
then you should head up the "K7" subcommittee...my-KART dating/matchmaking services....and for starters, your job will be to attract more female karters into our events...can or not??

sounds like a nice job. hey folks let's start another thread on new karting series below K3.

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TheFazz

there's been quite some discussion around on various sub-committees for the club management.... i was supposed to put up an org chart, but would like to solicit some discussions on the matter first...

the proposed committee members would be (no particular order) -

  1. treasurer: accounting & budgeting
  2. secretary: admin & records
  3. PR, press & media
  4. operations & logistics
  5. technical & safety
  6. commercial
  7. member activities & benefits

much talk of late has been around member activities & benefits. i would include under this unit the following sub-committees -

  • social - ie makan etc
  • merchandising - t-shirts, caps etc
  • functions - picnic, treasure hunting etc
  • member registrar
  • coaching sessions

I see member activities and benefits a significant role initially as we determine what sort of benefits are available to members. I also expect this role to work closely with the commercial committee - which looks for funding, fund raising, partner development and commercialising my-KART etc.

let's have some discussions going and then i shall put forward a formal structure.

naza

Fazz,
On another thread, committee member roles and functions were adequately explained but I could'nt see where in the above would the CML fit in. This CML fella is suppose to look after organising events and would certainly closely interface with everybody to support his / her effort. This is a pretty heavy involvement.

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TheFazz

naza wrote:
Fazz,
On another thread, committee member roles and functions were adequately explained but I could'nt see where in the above would the CML fit in. This CML fella is suppose to look after organising events and would certainly closely interface with everybody to support his / her effort. This is a pretty heavy involvement.

apologies as i am not sure whether we are on the same page - but the CML person would look after item vii-member activities and benefits. agree with you, it is a huge role and i would expect the CML to form his/her own sub-committee as is appropriate. feel free to edit the book page document on roles to make it more clear.

agree that all committee members will have to work closely with the others as one team. there will be a number of dependencies.

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azmee2104

Guys!
I think before we go further with the club activities and so on, we should define club members.. who are they? registration fees (yuran tahunan?), monthly fees (yuran bulanan?), members registration (form- personal details) for club databases and the most important thing is 'members understanding of the standard rules & regulations/terms & conditions sets by the Club Registrar (Jabatan Pendaftaran)' this is important coz I believe there will be "Mesyuarat Agung" soon.

just an idea.. kalau dah rancang, bagus la tu..

regards

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saa73

azmee2104 wrote:
Guys!
I think before we go further with the club activities and so on, we should define club members.. who are they? registration fees (yuran tahunan?), monthly fees (yuran bulanan?), members registration (form- personal details) for club databases and the most important thing is 'members understanding of the standard rules & regulations/terms & conditions sets by the Club Registrar (Jabatan Pendaftaran)' this is important coz I believe there will be "Mesyuarat Agung" soon.

just an idea.. kalau dah rancang, bagus la tu..

regards

Azmee, the membership drive to join Kelab my-KART Selangor will commence soon. We are planning the logistics, database, membership card, etc etc, but you should see lots of activities in this area from Feb onwards. The approved club constitution clearly states the club's objectives, fees, payment schedules and the AGM dates, etc. approved members will get a copy of the club constitution, but I believe there is already a copy in this website....(can somebody paste the link in this thread?).
Anyway, to define club members, there are 3 categories defined in the constitution, namely ordinary, honoray and "remaja"(<17 yrs with parental consent). Only ordinary members have voting rights. The approved registration fee is RM10, and annual fee is RM120 for all categories.
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TheFazz

saa73 wrote:
The approved club constitution clearly states the club's objectives, fees, payment schedules and the AGM dates, etc. approved members will get a copy of the club constitution, but I believe there is already a copy in this website....(can somebody paste the link in this thread?).
Anyway, to define club members, there are 3 categories defined in the constitution, namely ordinary, honoray and "remaja"

you can find the materials such as the constitution on the following link:
http://club.my-kart.org/club

the proper one is the link marked "perlembagaanfinalKMS04may06.doc.

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mildseven

saa73 wrote:
sabelt wrote:
Jules wrote:
as posted in another thread - if you can harness enough young drivers....all around the same age group n hopefully built......AP can cook up some smaller karts for the juniors.

so pls start ur own rallying to kick this idea of K4....

mine still too young. K6 also not yet qualify!

Then i should be in k7 series then. Not married and aren't eligable to make baby at this time.

then you should head up the "K7" subcommittee...my-KART dating/matchmaking services....and for starters, your job will be to attract more female karters into our events...can or not??
I strongly support this suggestion..we need more females....In fact, we need more racing damsels and when we have enuff women, we can have a le femme league.. Smile Whaddayasay?!?!
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Tarmizi

mildseven wrote:
saa73 wrote:
sabelt wrote:
Jules wrote:
as posted in another thread - if you can harness enough young drivers....all around the same age group n hopefully built......AP can cook up some smaller karts for the juniors.

so pls start ur own rallying to kick this idea of K4....

mine still too young. K6 also not yet qualify!

Then i should be in k7 series then. Not married and aren't eligable to make baby at this time.

then you should head up the "K7" subcommittee...my-KART dating/matchmaking services....and for starters, your job will be to attract more female karters into our events...can or not??
I strongly support this suggestion..we need more females....In fact, we need more racing damsels and when we have enuff women, we can have a le femme league.. Smile Whaddayasay?!?!

i think u just found a task for yourself..hahhahaha

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TheFazz

Tarmizi wrote:
mildseven wrote:

I strongly support this suggestion..we need more females....In fact, we need more racing damsels and when we have enuff women, we can have a le femme league.. Smile Whaddayasay?!?!

i think u just found a task for yourself..hahhahaha

quite. please apply to the CML - Luen. The CML is the Chief of Member Liaison. The CML is tasked with identifying programmes and benefits for members. You can apply to be the AJK for alternative racing categories. Let's have a ladies only event once in a while.

actually to put a more serious tone: we tried doing this before, but not successful. so we now have ladies racing with the guys. unfortunately, this is not quite the playing field i would guess ladies have in mind. Ladies on the site - please give your comments. so a ladies only day out, sounds quite right.

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mononoke hime

That sounds fun! well, since me and hafizah e only ladies who are frequent to be on the race every month, I had thot of gathering some lady frens to join, but itll take some time as you knw its not easy to get them into this and they had no experience at all..but am trying to get them to check out this site and the race we have every month first to develop their interest. ..btw, dun be too aggressive on and off-track, itd scared them away;-)

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TheFazz

Emmy D wrote:

That sounds fun! well, since me and hafizah e only ladies who are frequent to be on the race every month, I had thot of gathering some lady frens to join, but itll take some time as you knw its not easy to get them into this and they had no experience at all..but am trying to get them to check out this site and the race we have every month first to develop their interest. ..btw, dun be too aggressive on and off-track, itd scared them away;-)

thanks emmy. perhaps you and hafizah can come up with some proposals? also bear in mind that we had people like angeline, naliza and others in the past. feel free to get together and come up with some suggestions.

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anak ABAH

TheFazz wrote:
Tarmizi wrote:
mildseven wrote:

I strongly support this suggestion..we need more females....In fact, we need more racing damsels and when we have enuff women, we can have a le femme league.. Smile Whaddayasay?!?!

i think u just found a task for yourself..hahhahaha

quite. please apply to the CML - Luen. The CML is the Chief of Member Liaison. The CML is tasked with identifying programmes and benefits for members. You can apply to be the AJK for alternative racing categories. Let's have a ladies only event once in a while.

actually to put a more serious tone: we tried doing this before, but not successful. so we now have ladies racing with the guys. unfortunately, this is not quite the playing field i would guess ladies have in mind. Ladies on the site - please give your comments. so a ladies only day out, sounds quite right.

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* did try to pull in a few chicks in but..............................nothing.
* not giving up tho...im still trying to racun their minds.explain a thing or two.
today a friend joined me at CK.now she's hooked on the DOUBLE SEATER...maybe can open double seater category?? ;p

* basically the girls are whining over d cost...and compare it with "SHOPPING SPREE" lagi2 when MEGASALE is around..hish.

* but few are interested to try/join...ill try do my bit.more ladies...more quorum to GOSSIP ,hehehehe..

p/s: anak ABAH@Hafizah.

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TheFazz

anak ABAH wrote:
* not giving up tho...im still trying to racun their minds.explain a thing or two.
today a friend joined me at CK.now she's hooked on the DOUBLE SEATER...maybe can open double seater category?? ;p

* basically the girls are whining over d cost...and compare it with "SHOPPING SPREE" lagi2 when MEGASALE is around..hish.

i would like to address the cost issue. perhaps we can simplify the event for ladies (and students for that matter) by reducing the number of races / laps.

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saa73

anak ABAH wrote:
TheFazz wrote:
Tarmizi wrote:
mildseven wrote:

I strongly support this suggestion..we need more females....In fact, we need more racing damsels and when we have enuff women, we can have a le femme league.. Smile Whaddayasay?!?!

i think u just found a task for yourself..hahhahaha

quite. please apply to the CML - Luen. The CML is the Chief of Member Liaison. The CML is tasked with identifying programmes and benefits for members. You can apply to be the AJK for alternative racing categories. Let's have a ladies only event once in a while.

actually to put a more serious tone: we tried doing this before, but not successful. so we now have ladies racing with the guys. unfortunately, this is not quite the playing field i would guess ladies have in mind. Ladies on the site - please give your comments. so a ladies only day out, sounds quite right.

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* did try to pull in a few chicks in but..............................nothing.
* not giving up tho...im still trying to racun their minds.explain a thing or two.
today a friend joined me at CK.now she's hooked on the DOUBLE SEATER...maybe can open double seater category?? ;p

* basically the girls are whining over d cost...and compare it with "SHOPPING SPREE" lagi2 when MEGASALE is around..hish.

* but few are interested to try/join...ill try do my bit.more ladies...more quorum to GOSSIP ,hehehehe..

p/s: anak ABAH@Hafizah.
[/quote] shopping? aisey...if you join karting, there's more things to shop for...helmet, race suit, race shoes, gloves, balaclava...and who knows the single ones may get to meet the dashing young rich boys with big toys who often hang out at these racing tracks with their personal karts....but remember not all these guys with their 125cc karts are eligible or young...eg our "Opocot" guy who was caught by PapaMizi testing out his new toy.. heh heh..