Go-karts are fun little vehicles. Some of them can go up to 70 mph – in just a few seconds! Others can climb up hills. Most don’t have Chevy big-block V8 engines, though. Dirt Every Day, a fun off-road show on the Motor Trend Channel has a go-kart with a 454 big-block. I’m pretty sure that that just elevated the host, Fred Williams, to the crazy-maybe-stupid category.
In the previous episode of Dirt Every Day, Fred had an off-road club of college kids called the Poly Goats come and demolish a 1986 Pace Arrow motorhome. For those of you who don’t know what makes it so special, I have one number for you: 454. Nothing else needs to be said. The Poly Goats made mincemeat of the Pace Arrow. By the end of the episode, it was a bare chassis with a 454 cubic-inch V8, a Turbo 400 transmission, and a beefy rear end. That’s a good start for a monster go-kart.
However, Fred needed to build and install all of the necessary components to ensure that this crazy contraption starts, stops, turns, and shifts. However, every go-kart needs to be safe, so Fred turned to his good friend, Frank, who is an engineer. Frank helped Fred out by giving him tips about the rollcage.
After Frank, some of the Poly Goats come to help Fred get the crazy kart good to go. After a long day wiring the pedals, steering column, and shifter, fabricating the wide wheel set, and wiring the engine up, the go-kart is good to go. Fred wisely decides to not drive the go-kart around his neighborhood.
The next morning, Fred trailers both his mini go-kart and his recently built monster go-kart out to a remote ranch for some off-road hoonage. He is going to have a shootout. Instead of him driving both go-karts, he has a couple of Poly Goats come and assist him. They are brave souls.
One of the contests is where the contestants have to see who starts their engine first. The big go-kart wins by a mile. The next contest is a timed obstacle course where the drivers have to go around one or two trees depending on kart size, moving around bottles, and going in between cattle skulls. The tiny go-kart wins. Then, a drag race, as drag races have proven to be popular on the Motor Trend Channel. The big go-kart wins. You just don’t expect a tiny gas-powered go-kart to win against something with a 454. Then, Fred decides to have a tug-o-war competition. Yeah, we all know who won there.
After all of the contests, Fred takes the monster go-kart off-roading. It looks like a lot of fun. Don’t do this at home, kids.