Twenty-seven teams from some of the finest construction outfits in the South East met to race for honours in the karting event at Buckmore Park near Chatham, home of the tricky 1.2km circuit where the likes of Johnny Herbert, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton all raced as aspiring youngsters going places.
The event was run in two 40 minute mini endurance races. For the first, the grid lined up in order of cash bids made in brown envelopes to see who would be most generous to the charity and start on pole. But cash does not win a race and those with deep pockets were eventually overhauled by those with greater skill.
However, the second race was gridded up in reverse order of the first race finishing positions so those with greater skill had it all to do again! And do it they did, but not before total mayhem on the first hairpin where the middle order were trying to overtake the slower starters. Everybody had great fun driving the
Buckmore karts, hustling through the hairpins, belting round the bends and scorching down the straights. In the end, deep pockets or winning skills mattered less than the great enjoyment had by 27
teams of 3 or 4 drivers and their supporters, and everybody went away happy that, in having a good time, they had collectively contributed £2,264 to the Charity, in order that construction workers less fortunate than the racers can be helped in some way.
The South East has held karting events at Buckmore Park for many years and always returns there because the guys at the circuit do all they can to make it a fun, adrenalin fuelled occasion. They really understand what their customers want, and do all they can to help event organisers with ideas to maximise charitable
contributions. We will be back next Spring!