my-KART Reference Manualmy-KART Reference Manual
This Manual details the instructions in relation to the my-KART group, events and management. It also collects all the relevent my-KART event rules and regulations, as well as the important documents.
I am looking for more volunteers to write this manual together with me. For willing volunteers, I will give them author and senior member rights for managing content on this website.
This manual is a collaborative effort and will require each person to work together to come up with a full fledged my-KART manual. The manual shall contain the following content types (can be reviewed):
- my-KART information
- my-KART organisation structure
- Event definitions and descriptions
- Event regulations and supplementary regulations
- Event operations manual
- Tools, templates and documents
- anything else?
Any other member who would like to give feedback, please add your comments here.
About my-KART - who are we?About my-KART - who are we?
my-KART.org, or my-KART is a group of people who have the passion for racing and karting in particular. It organises an amateur karting (used to be known as go-kart) league in the Klang Valley, Malaysia. This karting league is called the my-KART DRIVERS series. The emphasis is on safe & fun racing, in a competitive but friendly environment.
A Yahoo! mailing list was established in August 2002 at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/my-kart/to serve as the initial communication medium for members. However, this website serves as the primary platform for communications to members and the wider public.
Our vision & philosophy
We aim to popularise grassroots motorsports, specifically karting. By popularising karting, we create more awareness & support of motorsports. More motorsports fans will drive increased exposure for motorsports in the country which will in turn attract more sponsors. Attracting sponsors will be the key to talent development and team formations. Thus building the automotive / motorsports industry in the country. Lofty ideals? Perhaps. Nevertheless, the opportunity is here as long as Malaysia is on the major international motorsports calendar.
To do this, my-KART remains close to its origins, particularly for its members and the racing enthusiasts. We focus on the following general principles:
- affordable & accessible
- safe & professional
- fun & exciting competition
- sustainable & relevant
By doing this, our events -
- promote safety
- build fellowship, friendship and networking
- are easy to join (jump in at the shallow end first)
- are affordable
- eliminate the luck of the draw factor common with rental karts
- create an environment for amateur karters to improve their skills
- are simply fun fun fun
We will post / upload info documents on this website and on the Yahoo mailing list in the files section. Please feel free to browse our sites and participate in our discussion forums.
You can also find further reading / reference materials -
- General info - 'read me first'
- Joining instructions
- the my-KART reference manual
- other materials such as race reports
- Fazz's 2006 review, and future plans
- 2007 and 2008 - events, shifts, changes and transformations
Most reference materials can be found on the my-KART information menu bar.
History of my-KARTHistory of my-KART
I first organised a kart event when I was in Price Waterhouse in 1994.
This was after the height of the Prost vs Senna battle in 1993, and the emergence of one Michael Schumacher. We also had Mansell making a cameo. The racing fever for us started long before Malaysia even dreamt of hosting an F1 race. Then I read about a developer in Templar's Park who had converted a piece of land into a temporary karting circuit. We organised two races there before the track closed down once the developer got his permit to develop that very land.
Since then, my infrequent karting activity stopped for a while, and I soon joined Shell. It was only in 1998 at an impromptu kart race at Batu 3, that I found a karting kaki in the name of Shahrul Azlan. We then attempted to form a karting club within the sports club, but failed to get it off the ground.
Fast forward to 2001, and I took over as sports club chairman and immediately introduced karting, with Shahrul Azlan the chief organiser. The first season was a resounding success with about 20 drivers turning up each event. This was no doubt helped by the greater awareness of motorsports in Malaysia -now that we are an F1 host country. 2002 was another successful year with even more participants from within Shell.
In early 2002, I was aching to having a karting reunion for my former PW buddies. We did one at Mofaz Penchala, and were amongst the first to race there. Off an on, I would organise some informal races with some of my karting buddies. And so did Azlan. By mid year, we were aching to have joint karting event to make it more meaningful as opposed to the usual free style events. We soon saw an opportunity to develop a network of karting buddies outside Shell.
The birth of my-KART
Thus in August 2002, my-KART (independent of any company sports club) was formed from a mailing list which combined our karting buddies. We used Yahoo!Groups as the mailing list to manage our communication and event announcements for amateur karters primarily in Klang Valley.
2003 was our first full season of karting with 9 races in total. In 2003, we ran one category (80cc & funkart) which attracted around 15-20 karters each event. During 2003, we were able to -
- test the interest level
- gauge the level of experience and skill
- learn the requirements in organising kart events for people we generally did not know until the events
- understand the safety issues and how we can manage them develop a core group of karters and develop the relationships
Early in 2004, we organised 4 half-day coaching sessions over a weekend at Sepang. 22 drivers from the group responded and had the opportunity to learn driving techniques on both the Yamaha 100ccs and the Rotax Max Seniors. The feedback from those who participated exceeded all expectations.
It was clear then, that we were on to something with my-KART: there was a strong interest in motorsports that was yet to be tapped. The problem: affordability and accessibility.
Given the increasing interest, we introduced the K2 category for 2004 and raised the performance bar to the 100cc category. Yet, we maintained the low cost entry level. This continues to attract very strong interest till today. For 2009, we are running exclusive K2 rental karts dedicated for the my-KART DRIVERS' series.
In 2008 we started the first full season of K1 races run on rental 125cc Rotax Juniors and on CRG road rebel chassis. The K1 series was a resounding success with drivers becoming more serious about their karting and showing some great skill, competition but yet retain the camaraderie.
We now run three race categories for each event:
- the K3 category for newcomers (rookies) and first-timers to karting - races are on 80cc 2-stroke rental karts.
- the K2 category are for those who have been karting for a while and known to the my-kart community through regular participation in K3 and K2 series - races are on exclusive 100cc 2-stroke rental karts.
- the K1 category are for those who are the core of my-kart and are true regulars of my-kart and have been karting for a while - races are on exclusive Rotax Junior Max 125cc 2-stroke rental karts.
Event participation is accepted through referrals (member introduce member) with very little publicity. All participants are to subscribe to this website. Total website subscribers now stands at close to 1100 people (as at January 2009) which is around 20 times the number at the end of 2003. Each event currently attracts more than 60 karters in total for the K1, K2 and K3 categories.
Organisationally, my-kart operates both as a club "Kelab my-KART Selangor" registered with the National Sports Council and a company "mykart Promotions Sdn Bhd". The club are the main organisers of the member & grassroots events, whilst the company retains ownership of the my-kart intellectual property and commercial rights. Moving forward, we shall be expanding my-KART's awareness to the wider public.
We are currently growing our group of karters in the various categories, whilst encouraging talented karters to move up the ranks to K2 and K1. We are beginning to see some subscribers getting more serious about their karting. There are more opportunities awaiting us, and we believe we are at the forefront.
Happy karting and safe racing!
Looking back and moving forward: my-KART's journey continuesLooking 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.
my-KART Launch 16 June 2007 - "Foundations of Motorsport"my-KART Launch 16 June 2007 - "Foundations of Motorsport"
Saturday 16 June 2007
Citykarting Kart Circuit
Shah Alam Stadium
Kelab my-KART Selangor ("my-kart") was officially and publicly launched today with several members of the print and electronic media, with the participation of around 100 amateur karters. The launch event was aimed at creating awareness to inform recreationally active residents of the Klang Valley of the existance of a club that organises high value and low cost year long karting series.
"Shahrul Azlan Ariffin and I started the club because we love the excitement of racing, but did not have the money to venture into competitive karting or circuit racing," enthused club founder and president Fazlur ("Fazz") Rahman.
"With my-kart, now everyone can race," he beemed.
my-kart positions itself as the Foundation of Motorsports by focusing on the casual amateur karting segment. It organises series to help enthusiasts ease into karting and gradually progress upwards by developing skills, particularly in racing conditions.
"Motorsports in Malaysia is a relatively underdeveloped sport. Right now, its participation and appeal is limited to a very elite and select group of people. What we need is a bigger grassroots foundation of enthusiasts, not unlike the people who play football at the local fields on weekends. We need something very affordable and accessible which will popularise grassroots motorsports," Fazz explained.
my-kart organises monthly races for amateurs on an arrive, pay, and drive basis.
"You do not need to commit to buying any karting equipment. Thanks to kart & track operators like Citykarting and Kartquest, we can race on rental karts and not break the bank," Fazz clarified.
"In addition, my-kart emphasises safety and professionalism in everything that it does. We completely believe that safety and professionalism is a state of mind and an attitude that needs to be ingrained in our participants. We spend a lot of time and personal touch to drive this message amongst our participants. That is why you will find that my-kart members have a very strong personal bond with each other. We are racing with trusted people. This is what makes the racing fun and competitive.
my-kart has been organising rental karting events for the casual amateur since 2002. It currently organises a drivers championship series called the KART series. There are currently 3 categories in the KART series today: the K1 category which is run on 125cc karts, the K2 (100cc) and the K3 (80cc) categories. There are 10 events planned for the 2007 KART series. Saturday's event was round 6 of 10.
In addition to the 10 drivers championship events, my-kart also organises a team championship series called the Inter-Company & Car Club championship, or IC3 for short. This series emphasises teamwork, where strategy is more important than individual skill. The IC3 is targeted at company employees, particularly for those companies with brands associated with technology, development and racing, as well as car enthusiasts and car club members. Each team shall race under the company or car brand.
"The IC3 championship is an important series which we believe will widen the appeal of karting to another segment of people who identify themselves to well known brands in the market. The value that these brands can get from IC3 is a linkage to my-kart's ethos of building the foundations of motorsport -the emphasis being on 'foundations'" Fazz informed.
"Karting is the very basic of motorsports, particularly for open wheel or circuit racing. Technique and track experience is possible through karting, whereas it would be more expensive in full fledge circuit racing. It is also the entry level for anybody who wishes to pursue a career in racing. By having more people involved in karting, we create a group of people who start to appreciate motorsports, and indirectly create wider interest and visibility for the sport and industry."
The focus on the casual amateur over the past many years has been a key factor in my-kart's growing popularity. Today it attracts an average of 60 participants per half day event. The key has been low cost, high value with emphasis on safety, professionalism and plain fun racing. Participants do not compete for prizes and the events are currently self funded by participants and unpaid volunteer members.
Moving forward, my-kart aims to expand its appeal, in particular to the student segment by addressing affordability, development and safety aspects through co-operation with the corporate sector.
"Even rental karting is considered an expensive recreation for many, thus limiting local participation. Based on our member feedback we know that there is a high level of interest in karting as a recreation. To some, karting is even a sport of choice. The key is to generate wider and regular publicity for my-kart's activities and in particular the KART and IC3 series. To do this, we seek corporate contribution to help fund the operations cost as we further enhance the safety management and skills development aspects of our events, so that the participation cost to the casual amateur remains low," Fazz stressed.
"In this respect, we would like to thank ING, Shell, TeleVAS, Table Talk and Citykarting Enterprises for the support given for our launch event. Also special thanks goes to His Excellency Lody Embrechts the Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The launch has been a great success and we believe that these companies are paving the way for the role of the corporate sector in social and sports-industry development. The value in the motorsports industry is yet to be tapped and there is enormous growth potential here," Fazz stated in closing.
Further information on my-kart can be found at their official website at http://www.my-kart.org/ or Fazz can be contacted at 019-3855 055. One time membership joining fee is only RM10, and annual subscription is RM120. Family members will enjoy preferential membership rates. Members will enjoy various karting benefits as well as special discounts on related purchases.
How can we be better?How can we be better?
Of late, we admit that our events have not met the expectations of our members and participants.
This results in declining participation over the season, and across seasons.
There are many factors contributing to this:
- quality of equipment
- event management
We admit that there are many failings. However, we also need your help identify the best way to address these failings.
As mentioned in many parts of this site - please remember that my-kart is based on the volunteer contributions of the community. So as such we welcome criticism, but we welcome more if the criticism comes with solutions & volunteers to help implement.
So in the spirit of improving this in my-kart, fire away!
OPEN FORUM: YOUR help to improve myKARTOPEN FORUM: YOUR help to improve myKART
Since 2002, myKART has been fairly successful in meeting the needs of a growing niche of grassroot karters and motorsports enthusiasts.
Going forward, our plans must remain focussed on myKART's main purpose to popularise grassroots motorsports in the country. We need to take small steps first.
I invite all of you to discuss in our open forums.
As an immediate step, I'd ask you to discuss with me on the following subjects (please keep the discussions within those threads as linked below):
- myKART Strategic Management
Specific OPEN forum section on discussion on myKART direction, legal entity, membership etc
- Inter Company / Club Events
Discuss: Inter Car Marque / Club / Company challenge (3rd Dec 2005)
- Mega Enduros
Discussions on future myKART enduros
- This website
feedback on this website
volunteers for website
We will never solve everything, but the more material and feedback that we collectively have, the better we can respond to the growing needs of members. We all thrive on feedback to keep us progressing on an ever improving path. Your feedback will be valuable to prioritise our developments and actions.
Introduction to my-kart - live on TV3 Scoreboard 4th October 2011Introduction to my-kart - live on TV3 Scoreboard 4th October 2011
Ilyas James and Fikri Rahim of Vertical Speed Racing managed to secure a slot with TV3 Scoreboard's midnight live show to feature karting, my-kart and Vertical Speed Racing Team.
Here is the video clip on Youtube. Thanks to Tham Mun Keat for the video capture & upload.
We had actually planned for about 20minutes, but the time left for us was just 10mins due to other topics which took longer than expected. So we didn't quite manage to share all of our messages.
Spirit of community, volunteerism and how you can helpSpirit of community, volunteerism and how you can help
It is now January 2012.
We now advance into the tenth year of my-kart's events since our first season in 2002.
Since that time ten years ago, the spirit of my-kart has remained the same. We organise our events because we feel passionate about the sport. Because we want to enjoy ourselves in a safe, fun, affordable but competitive manner. Because we want to help bring others into the sport as easily as possible. We just want more friends, and to meet people who feel the same way about the sport.
We hope within hope that someday, what we do with the sport at the entry level makes a difference. Perhaps someday. Perhaps one day, somebody who dipped their foot in karting via my-kart can go on to greater motorracing achievements at the international level.
That's our dream.
And we hope it is your dream too.
We believe that this needs to be done by all of us together. We want to maintain the purity of our cause, our events, our friendship, and our joy of racing. We also want to keep costs low because we know that this is a significant hurdle for many who love the sport, but cannot afford to be involved. Yet, we want to be financially sustainable because after ten years - we do not want to see the community we have built, just disappear like that.
Which is why we emphasise on volunteerism. We are a community.
Volunteers have been the lifeblood of my-kart for the past 10 years, and we believe it will continue to be so. Volunteers help keep the passion high, and costs low.
Over the years, many of our good friends have helped organise events; promote the events; negotiate with operators & suppliers; come up with ideas and execute them; come up with rules and write them down; identify areas for improvement and implement them; and the list goes on.
As the years pass, many of the familiar faces start to fade away, and new faces come to the fore to carry the my-kart banner.
As such, we wish to appeal to new members, new participants, new friends to step forward to help us move my-kart further forward. We believe many of you can do more than what the founders and early members of my-kart could do.
This is our appeal as we look forward to the next ten years for my-kart. You are all empowered to use the my-kart name for any positive reasons that fulfills my-kart's purpose and help bring about the positive change to the motorsport community.
So do help us make my-kart better.
We wish you a Great New Year 2012.
The my-KART brand. purpose. responsibility. values.The my-KART brand. purpose. responsibility. values.
The my-KART brand encompasses the following attributes:
- the logo
- core purpose
- brand values
The my-KART logo
The my-KART logo depicts a circuit curve ending with a chequered flag. The upward curve of the circuit towards the waving flag indicates a progressive and forward thinking approach. The chequered flag reflects the diversity of grassroots motor-sports. The left part of the logo reflects the targeted grassroots level, and the graduation towards the chequered flag reflects my-KART's approach in developing drivers along the chain to higher levels of motor-sports from amateurs to champions.
my-KART core purpose
my-KART's core purpose is to make racing & karting affordable and accessible to a wider community. We wish to create opportunities for talented racers. To do this, our events need to be safe, fun, professional, competitive, relevant and sustainable.
We are responsible towards building the local karting and racing community. The customers are next. And this is followed by the bottom line. In this order.
7 brand values
The following are values we promote within the my-kart environment:
- unwavering focus on brand purpose and responsibilities
- strongly advocate safety and sustainability
- respect for others and practice diversity - uphold honour, fairness, dignity & transcend race, colour or creed
- act with total integrity and commit to quality & excellence
- communicate openly and honestly - we encourage two way communication
- practice teamwork - we work in a collaborative manner, leveraging on skills (and diversity) of each other with a singular focus on the objectives
- have fun and strengthen bond (family or otherwise)
credits and recognitions to my-kart volunteerscredits and recognitions to my-kart volunteers
my-kart has been organising amateur karting events since 2001. this was even before the name my-kart existed, but the spirit of accessible and affordable karting in a safe, fun, competitive and professional environment was there already.
much of my-kart's success has been largely down to a lot of volunteer work. we mean A LOT. most of the volunteers help out only because they have the passion for the sport and serving others - to give the opportunity to others to experience competitive racing.
these unsung heroes are the life blood of my-kart. therefore, i am starting a thread to recognise these hardworking, passionate people who have made my-kart what it is in 2009 and onwards.
i will update this main post with the nominations and recognition from all of you. so do keep posting on this thread to appreciate our my-kart volunteers. feel free to echo recognition to certain individuals if you feel them worthy. keep it open, flowing and honest.
Collection of thoughts on my-kart's modelCollection of thoughts on my-kart's model
in many of my discussions with members, i often describe my-kart as an open-source organisation. to give a better illustration, i'd like to have a dialogue with all of you on the subject.
feel free to post some stuff that best describes the model for my-kart.
as a thought starter, in the committee meeting on 2 May 2009 (right after the round 05/2009 DRIVERS series event) at Burger King, Extreme Park Shah Alam, i mentioned a couple of points relating to the my-kart model:
- members can add any new series under the my-kart brand provided that it meets the brand standards
- that my-kart purpose remains on providing affordable and accessible racing for all (and not focus on profits)
- that everybody should participate in making my-kart events achieve these objectives - including newcomers
i shall share some video clips from TED.com to describe some of these ideas. feel free to add and share your thoughts too.
my-kart.org as an open source organisationmy-kart.org as an open source organisation
my-kart can best be described as an open source organisation.
Its origins were simply from the desire of two enthusiasts of having regular racing championships. All the work and efforts since 2001 has been completely voluntary, but importantly done because of a passion to racing, and sharing that passion with a wider group of like minded people. Nothing much is expected in return (except for the occasional championship points for the founders :) ).
To further understand the philosophy and concept of my-kart, do read this management article by Gary Hamel on Management 2.0 for the Facebook Generation. Management? Yes, do read it and everything that is mentioned in the list describes how my-kart operates.
Ever since its founding, my-kart always encouraged more and more members (and non-members) to volunteer to organise and manage the various events. Additionally, my-kart continues to encourage its members to come up with new ideas for events. Over the years, we've seen the Mega Endurance, the TEAMS series, the Mad Mega Endurance, IRONMAN enduro, and more.
Many of the members have from time to time come up to the committee members with new ideas. my-kart would like to encourage anybody who would like to implement new series ideas to do so under the my-kart banner. New series such as 125cc open, new variations of IRONMAN, Enduro, TEAMS series etc are encouraged. All that we ask is for you to brand your event ideas under the my-kart brand (please ask the committee on how this can be done), and use this website as the primary marketing, networking, collaboration and communication platform - no fee charged at all.
This website can be used as the marketing and promotions tool as well as information reference, or discussion platform etc. Do make full use of this site.
Let us know what you think.
Starting with us and our race eventsStarting with us and our race events
So easy! Just join our races. That's it.
To participate in any my-kart events, you need to create an ID on this website (click here) and then append your name onto the pre-registered participants list for the relevant upcoming event (click here) thread. We organise events for members and invited guests. Communication and member interaction is primarily at this website http://club.my-kart.org/ - so visit often.
* keep bringing guests to experience racing at its purest
** event race fees ranges from RM100 to RM250 as there are various categories and race formats
*** for first time registrations, please provide inform the moderator (necessary to eliminate spammers):
- how you found about my-KART
- your background (location and occupation)
- your karting / racing experience
Reference materials are found on the my-KART information menu bar and About my-KART.
Changes for 2011 agreed with CityKartingChanges for 2011 agreed with CityKarting
The my-kart committee members (Edwyn, Mark, Naza, Mizi and Fazz) met with Citykarting Enterprises Sdn Bhd (Ah Piau) on the 19th December 2010 to discuss changes for 2011.
Citykarting had recently agreed to the changes on Sunday 26th December 2010.
The following were some points of discussion and agreements:
my-kart DRIVERS series 2011 - K1 category
- CK will prepare 15 karts for the now combined K1 category (K2 is abolished). All drivers will get Rotax Junior 125cc on CRG rebels chassis with Maxxis tyres.
- CK will prepare additional karts if there is demand, but CK must be given at least ONE week's notice.
- The 15 karts would constitute 30 seats.
- The 15 karts would include spares - up to my-kart to determine how many spares are needed.
my-kart DRIVERS series 2011 - K1 pricing
- K1 entry is only applicable to paid my-kart club members
- We agreed that prices for the K1 series will remain as per current 2010 levels - which is RM230 per driver per event.
- However, CK is offering drivers to pay RM2,000 up front for 10 races in 2011 - which amounts to RM200 per driver per event.
- Transfer of the paid seats is up to my-kart and the participants involved.
- CK will further offer RM1,800 up front for 10 races for each driver if my-kart "purchases" all the 30 seats up front. This point is yet unclear upon subsequent reflection, as the 30 seats representing 15 karts includes spare karts. Ah Piau suggested that my-kart provide an offer on this for him to consider. The committee may need to evaluate how many seats will be "purchased" up front.
- Once the seats are purchased, my-kart can then "on sell" the seats to other participants at either the standard walk in rate of RM230 or RM2,000 for full year participants. But in this case, my-kart carries the risk of unsold seats.
K3 DRIVERS series 2011 pricing
- K3 pricing will remain at RM90 per driver (paid my-kart members only - non members remain at RM100 per driver) per event.
- However, CK is also offering a similar up front pricing arrangement for drivers who commit to 10 races in advance. Drivers will need to pay RM800 for the 10 race up front commitment.
DRIVERS series venues
- AP advised us that CK will likely be operating the Sepang Kart Circuit from 1 April 2011. SIC had agreed to this and CK had even paid the deposit, and ordered the additional 20 units 4-stroke rental karts for Sepang Kart Circuit.
- my-kart can propose to have some races run at Shah Alam and some at Sepang. Initial proposal is for 6 DRIVERS series races at Shah Alam and 4 DRIVERS series races at Sepang and 1 Grand Finale race in Sepang.
- To save transport costs, we agreed to have only ONE switch over from Shah Alam to Sepang after the 6th round. Hence, transportation is limited to RM300 one way from Shah Alam to Sepang and RM300 return after the final race of 2011.
- The transport costs will need to be incurred for the 15 K1 karts.
- For the K3 category, drivers will use the new 4-stroke karts in Sepang.
- If my-kart wishes to bring the 80cc karts to Sepang, this will incur additional transport costs (not quoted).
- If K3 is run on the 4-stroke karts, the pricing will remain the same as the 80cc 2-stroke karts.
LANGKAWI once off race
- CK has a strong desire to run my-kart events at Langkawi.
- Dates have yet to be determined.
- my-kart will propose date and further details.
Free days for kids on weekdays during school holidays
- AP offered my-kart to scheduled certain days exclusively for school children during school holidays (but only on weekdays and not on public holidays).
- CK will not charge for the event if my-kart can organise for a large group of school children.
- my-kart will consider the offer, and propose.
Finalisation of my-kart event calendarsFinalisation of my-kart event calendars
for those people who have been asking me to change the dates for round 06/2009: all i have to say is, i'm sorry i will not change the dates on account of requests from a few. the calendar had been fixed since the beginning of the year, and it is intended that the calendar remains for better planning in the greater scheme of things. it is naturally possible that some of us will miss the odd race or two... which is why we only count the best 8 scores out of 10 rounds.
having a firm calendar is important as we speak to outsiders / external parties and talk about what my-kart is about. having firm calendars as opposed to tentative or changing ones gives us more credibility as a race series promoter, and not just another social event organiser.
so let's put this issue to rest and let the event run its course.
for the 2010 calendar, lets get forward views of all important dates in 2010 early so we can plan the calendar accordingly. as i have indicated before, in the open-source spirit of my-kart, let's work together to review the future calendars before we finalise in january of that year.
Restructuring all our karting seriesRestructuring all our karting series
my-kart today is into its 10th year of organising amateur karting series for all enthusiasts like us.
the idea is to make racing affordable & accessible, fun & exciting, safe & professional and sustainable & relevent.
we are proud that the my-kart family has grown over the years, with many great people who above all are passionate about the sport and keen to help each other out.
in order to sustain this idea and philosophy for the next 10 years and more, we need to do a major rethink.
i would like to invite all of you to join us in rethinking the my-kart formula. we need a major refresh, new blood, new ideas and new people. the old folks like me - will need to step aside to give opportunities for others to take ownership of my-kart.
of late, we have seen more my-karters organising events using new and exciting formula - which has proven to be successful.
but we also need to ensure that the many new events do not clash or stretch the same enthusiasts.
we are currently exploring expanding the my-kart product range to focus specifically on the following categories:
1- CADET category
2- ENTRY LEVEL category
3- INTERMEDIATE category
4- ADVANCE category
our friends mike siva, baharin, iskandar and francis have recently introduced the Karting & Racing Development (KRD) series running on cadet karts, 80cc and 125cc (private and rental) karts (usually last Sunday of the month). facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/KRD/277090602349223
likewise, our friends syamsul razmin, zul atfi and hasmi izan are organising the Initial Karting Competizione (IKC) series running on 100cc yamahas at the Plus Speedway circuit (usually second Saturday of the month). facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Initial-Karting-Competizione/…
In a meeting on 3rd March 2012, the group agreed to combine (streamline) all the above categories into one event (or product) for each category. The effective date of this is to be decided further upon decision on:
1- combining the calendar of events
2- dealing with the points system of more than one series
Subsequent to the above meeting, further discussions were held on 11th March and 14th March. Unfortunately, it was not possible to combine all the events under KRD into the my-kart umbrella. Nevertheless, we will respect KRD's decision on this matter and we wish them all the best in their plans.
The my-kart team (inclusive IKC members Syamsul, Hasmi and Zul Atfi) will be working together to re-introduce the 125cc rentals, as well as expanding the 100cc rentals. So stay tuned.
As such, the revised series streamlining will be as follows:
[table category|old series|old series dates|new my-kart series|new series dates
ENTRY LEVEL|DRIVERS series K3|first saturday|K80|first saturday (DRIVERS series calendar)
INTERMEDIATE|IKC 100cc Yamahas|second weekend|IKC100|second weekend (IKC calendar)
ADVANCE|DRIVERS series 2012 K1 (150cc*)|first saturday|K125 (rental)|first saturday (DRIVERS series calendar)]
*the 150cc 4-stroke machines will be re-positioned for the INTERMEDIATE series and help expand the options for the new my-kart IKC100 series.
naming of the series are still being refined. feel free to provide ideas.
feel free to discuss.
my-KART banking detailsmy-KART banking details
Any payment to my-kart for membership fees, damage deposits / top-ups / costs, event participation costs can be made to the as follows:
Name|mykart Promotions Sdn Bhd
Receipt|Email the scanned bank in slip to: Yusnee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Naza (email@example.com) or Fazz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Shahrul Azlan (email@example.com)
Others|it is best that the receipt is scanned and emailed immediately as above. preference is for scanned receipt.]
DISCUSSION DRAFT: membership benefitsDISCUSSION DRAFT: membership benefits
please feel free to comment my suggestions. Please pardon my "not proper" business english as I have never written a business proposal before, all my techincal proposal only at point forms :D
1. Racing events
1a. K1 - The K1 class will be one of the final stepping stones to a racing career / more serious karting. Initially, we do not expect many participants in K1, but it is still a go status. This class will entail further guidance and allow drivers to move up the ladder in their racing hobby (or career).
The K1 class can be run together with the K2 class if participation falls below 5. This is possible as K2 drivers are somewhat experience and ethical drivers. It is likely to have the JGTC format to allow K1 start ahead followed by K2 karts at the back.
There are currently many owner-karters at CityKarting who do not have an reasonably affordable platform to race their karts -practically running aimlessly- and eventually drop out themselves. The K1 class can be targeted to this group and promote my-kart to even wider coverage.
This class shall start with kart owners. Moving forward, my-KART will be exploring some form of easy ownership scheme, to increase interest particularly from the K2 and K3 drivers. This task is assigned to my-KART Promotion. See below for more on easy ownership.
The K1 series may not run over 10 events -unlike the K2 and K3 series- in order to be easy on the pocket of the K1 drivers.
1b. K2 â€" maintain as current, and promote K2 new blood promoting capable K3 drivers
1c. K3 â€" Beginners and also promotion of capable K4 drivers
1d. K4 â€" NEW. definition needed for K4
If more of the classes created, longer time needed for a day event that should be necessary. Extra activities at lunch time can be organized (subject to discuss)
1e. Endurance - night endurance will be a good and relatively new event to start off. Many of the night karters may not know there is existence of my-kart, it will be a good area of to explore. Suggestion that out of the 6 MEs planned, 1 or 2 should go night endurance.
2. Workshops and Clinics
2a. K1 especially, many of karters looking forward to tune to their personal preference, this is where the area we should look into. Workshop or clinic basically is owner karters gather to have sessions sharing tuning information, just extra activities other the normal Kx 10 races series. Should there is easy ownership scheme offered by M-kart promotion, this workshop/clinic session will be a good bundle and more persuasive activity.
2b. K3 workshop, a separate session conducted by â€œseniorâ€ karters, a simple lesson of track driving with additional time tracking progress (on the same kart). This will be more to personal attention session to beginners. The session can be aided by the 2 seater kart (yellow tanker) at the practical session. Of course kart renting shall be born by trainnees themselves. This is where the special discount rate offer to members from CK comes about in handy. 2 ways beneficial that my-kart trains beginners and also trainers.
2c. Clinic mainly aims for fine tuning, that it has be conducted by experienced karting racer either from inside my-kart (licensed racers, so far can think of 2 they are Jules and Tarmizi), if necessary, hire or honorary invitation.
2d. K4 workshop, similar to K3 workshop.
This aims family gathering. Young driver accompany by parents that helps to promote my-kart for any forth coming events and updates. Is also brings to opportunity to train up new trainer from K3 to be prepared to promote to K2 or K1.
These workshops and clinical session are going to worth the membership drive even so members are not participating any single series at all. Workshop and clinical series work conjunction with special discount rate from CK. Additional benefits to members if we have special deal with other track operators like speedway, sepang and etc. honestly I am more looking forward to langkawi track.
3. Activities and outings
Family outings like convoy to Cameron trip, PD over night stays and etc. With conjunction of these, we could have piggy-back media for the promotion, such as magazine and etc. (leaving this portion to commercial and marketing). MY-KART is registered club, it can seek for relevant authorities to assist convoy ie PDRM.
AAM affiliation is a MUST; we can see that is the ultimate request from â€œpotentialâ€ members (including myself). Members will gain grand and formal race experience if should my-kart impose rigid regulations towards major events in conjunction with racing governing body such as AAM and or etc. Addtional my-kart will also helps members in acquisition of racing licenses such as MME and sanctioned karting events.
Looking at the direction of car related sponsorship pertaining to my-kart is motorsports orientated. We may not necessary looking for funding. At any major event will be looking forward to variety of sponsorships, banners and or trophies. Hence this will put up good portfolio of MY-KART. These portfolios will benefit to My-kart promotion of invitation to more serious sponsorships.
We can create a link or badge of sponsorship at the main page of forum or even printing new sponsorship on latest updated version of T-shirt, cap and etc. I believe that stimulate at merchandising area a fair bit. ïŠ
6. Easy ownership scheme for K1
In reference to the K1 series mentioned above. my-KART will be exploring forms of easy ownership schemes to encourage K2 drivers to take the next step up the karting ladder. One approach is through raising sponsorship which will be done by my-KART Promotion.
The rough idea is to get investors for the 125 karts (can be used karts). The aim is to run K1 series at a reasonable price point and with sufficient commitment and fair returns to all parties: (i) the driver, (ii) my-KART Promotion and (iii) the investor / funder.
The role of my-KART Promotion Sdn Bhd (as distinct from Kelab my-KART Selangor) will be to engage in the commercial activities towards expanding the my-KART vision and mission. The company will be the owner of the my-KART brand and responsible to commercialize it. The company will use the club as an advertising / brand building platform and raise other funders & sponsors. These funds could be channeled towards the easy ownership scheme.
As the ultimate objective of my-kart will be event driven club, merchandizing keep to lower priority, however, the standards goodies have to be there like T-shirts, badges, cap or hat, stickers and etc.
How do I register at my-KART.org?How do I register at my-KART.org?
In my recent race invitation, I requested that responses be done online. The reason for this is simple:[list]
[*]reduce email traffic - don't want to be accused of spamming ;)
[*]easy place to see first come first serve[/list]
I will allow a transition so don't worry if you could not respond via the website... but please do let me know so that I can assist where I can.
Anyway - many of you will note that I had refreshed the website. This will include you having to re-register in order to post on the website. Registration is simple... just go to:
Type in your userID and valid email - your password will be sent here.
Please give me some time to respond as your account will need to be activated (to avoid phantom members and spammers).
I would like to encourage more usage of the website as opposed to the emails. In time, I would like to use the YahooGroups mailing list for notifications only. All interaction, responses to events, reports will be on the website (http://www.my-kart.org/).
Important my-KART locations on WikimapiaImportant my-KART locations on Wikimapia
folks, let's start building a list of all important my-KART related locations on wikimapia.
this thread shall include locations the we should know for -
ii. shopping (auto-related or otherwise)
iii. F&B + hang outs
iv. meeting places
v. member homes
go to wikimapia and locate the relevant places and post to this thread.
Website mattersWebsite matters
This FAQ section concerns website FAQs. More details follows.
Appendix: FAQ - frequently asked questions on my-KARTAppendix: FAQ - frequently asked questions on my-KART
This book collects the frequently asked questions which users of the myKART website as well as myKART members in general would find relevent. I will try to sort them out in proper categories. Please do help me by giving feedback.
Section I: Introduction to my-KART.orgSection I: Introduction to my-KART.org
This section collects various general and introductory articles and write ups in relation to my-KART. From time to time, I shall include subjects like the history of my-KART, what we do, the people behind the group, how you can participate etc. This is a good "Readme" reference guide to my-KART. Enjoy!
Please give me feedback on any other items that should be included here.
Section II: my-KART - the brand, company, club(s) and membersSection II: my-KART - the brand, company, club(s) and members
This section of the my-KART reference manual aims to describe the overall structure, people and properties of the entities in my-KART:
- the brand - core purpose, responsibility
- the founders
- the company: my-KART Promotions Sdn Bhd
- the club: Kelab my-KART Selangor
- the members
- the tools & processes and Intellectual Property Rights ("IPR")
These document pages will be added as they are developed.
Relationship between the my-KART brand, company and clubRelationship between the my-KART brand, company and club
This document attempts to describe the delineation between the club and the company.
The company, my-KART Promotions Sdn Bhd was formed in late 2005. The club was given registration approval by the commissioner of sports late 2006.
Simply put, my-KART aims to make karting accessible to everyone. my-KART aims to do this by creating a platform that is affordable, fun, safe and competitive for its participants & spectators. The key to all this are my-KART's founding members development of the -
- brand and intellectual property
- vision and mission
- tools and properties
- processes and methodologies
- philosophy and culture
It is important that these successful elements of my-KART are protected and maintained in a consistent and standardized manner and can be deployed in other parts of the country. As a consequent the best vehicle to protect my-KART's founding elements is in an entity owned by the founders - which is my-KART Promotions Sdn Bhd.
In short, the company owns all the my-KART intellectual property rights (IPR). my-KART requires a platform or media for these activities. Only a club can provide my-KART with this medium for operationalising these my-KART elements.
The club provides members. The club also enables members to further their racing ambitions through affiliation with the motorsports governing bodies - in Malaysia's case AAM. However, the primary objective of the club is to develop the sport for its members, whereas the company's objectives are broader than this.