I’ve always found it very strange that the closest track for kart owners in the Bristol area is Clay Pigeon Raceway, some 50 miles away. Stranger still, Bristol really is something of a karting hub if you know where to look! I would heartily recommend the following should you be based in the area and in need of something…
TWMotorsport: TWMotorsport are a kart team run by Tim Wilson, a bloke universally liked… somewhat like me but without my spiteful streak! 😉 TWM specialise in the TKM classes and offer kart hire, driver coaching, awning space and kart storage/preparation. I first used Tim at the start of last year, at a time when we had fallen into a familiar rut and were looking for inspiration. I employed Tim for a day’s 1:1 driver tuition. I hadn’t met him until that point and I chose him because Junior didn’t know Tim (in the hope he might listen a bit more!). Tim identified some places where Junior was braking earlier than he should, a few lines that he wasn’t really nailing and the day gave Junior a bit of confidence that he was missing at the time. We ran with the team again at the TKM Festival (the atmosphere in the TWM awning on the Saturday night is like no other at the track, I guarantee it!) where the team picked up the ‘O’ plate in TKM Extreme and again when we rented a Viper from Tim for a day at PFI in December.
Hobzie Motorsport: Hobzie is another local kart team, run by James Hobbs, but their focus is on the Rotax and X30 classes.Hobzie runs some very successful drivers including, until recently, the current British X30 champion. Although Hobzie isn’t really a TKM man, he is an ex-TKM racer and seems to have access to pretty much every spare OTK part or perishable item you could possibly need (which is very useful when you realise on the Friday before the race weekend that you are out of bumper bolts, grub screws, carb gaskets etc).
Revolution Racing Engines: Based next door to Hobzie, Revolution Racing Engines is run by John Crookes, an engine builder who services pretty much any class of engine: TKM, Rotax, F100 and beyond. I’ve used John for both full rebuilds and for smaller pieces of work like crank alignments, snapped engine bolts and worn threads on mounts. He’s always been happy to help and his rates are very reasonable.
Brightweld: Based next door to Revolution (you can see why this is such useful set of industrial units!), Brightweld are my go-to folks for welding services: you don’t need me to tell you how handy they can be! I’ve had chassis, seat stays and side pod bars welded very reasonably and very tidily.
Not exactly in Bristol but not too far away…
Attaq Motorsport: Attaq are a race team, run by Max Tyler, who specialise in kart hire and tuition. Attaq run a successful ‘Step Up To 2-Stroke’ experience which offers arrive/drive racers the chance to try their hand in a proper kart 😉 I can recommend this since we rented from Max to do just that before buying our first kart! Attaq also cater for cadet drivers (Under-12s) which is something I’m not certain the other teams mentioned do.
Racewear.co.uk: This is another of Max’s businesses, supplying all types of racewear. Worth checking out their prices when you are looking around and supporting a local business if you can 🙂