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I took my 7 year old karting today for the first time. He is tall enough to fit into the "junior" karts, which are similar to adult karts but fit for kids. We tried to race by ourselves, so he would get used to the whole experience, but we ended up racing with a bunch of father/son combos, and there were maybe 5 adults and two other older kids on the track.

We race around for a while, and it was tough on him getting used to the kart while surrounded by a bunch of aggressive adults, but he was doing pretty well until he and a bunch of cars all went into a tight turn at the same time. He got pushed into the wall, and hit hard enough to wedge the front of the kart under the barrier. I was right behind him, but going way to fast to stop, and besides, no one gets hurt in karting.

A couple seconds later, after the hairpin, I can look back and all I see is his little helmet slumped against the wheel, and he isn't moving. The yellow flag is out, but I get worried that he wasn't moving, so I start passing cars, going down the straight. By the time I turn and can look again, his head is still slumped over and he still isn't moving. They motion for all the karts to stop, but I blast past them and stop next to my son's kart, where his head is still slumped forward and he still isn't moving. The spectators are waving sort of frantically for the employees to come. Unwelcome visions of Dale Ernhardt and Adam Petty come to mind.

By the time it takes me to throw off my glasses, neck brace, helmet, look down and undo the unfamiliar buckle arrangement and window net, and take off the steering wheel to get out, he still isn't moving. I was doing some heavy praying during this time, as workers come from all over and surround his kart.

As I run over to him, I see him moving a bit, and his head coming back from the wheel.

As it turn out, the impact had stuck his helmet into the steering wheel and somehow wedged it there! Scary for him, because he couldn't raise his head up until it was dislodged, but he was not hurt at all- just scared. Probably not as scared as I was though.

He wants to go back, and I'm going to make sure it's just him and me on the track (which was our original plan) till he gets more used to it.

We're going back on Tuesday after school. :D
 

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Glad to hear he's ok, I lost two teeth and broke my arm in a raceing go cart crash. Some people get so agressive raceing they dont see that its just a kid there running into the wall.
 

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thats some crazy shit - glad it turned out ok


karting is anything but safe - we almost lost an adult friend of ours during my buddy's bachlor party - he went right through a wall barrier into on coming kart traffic
 

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That's what you get for having kids.


:p

Nobody was being an ass, so I figured I'd go ahead and do it.


Glad to hear everything is all okay, and I am even more glad to hear that your boy has something that most don't-courage. Most kids wouldn't go back.
 

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My heart was pounding at "slumped." :eek:

I had a similar omfgnooooo moment when I was riding bikes with my 5yo son last year. I was ahead of him, stopped at a corner, where a quiet side street T's with a busier street. The busy street is a hill. He needed to get some speed to make the right turn and carry momentum up the hill. I told him to turn from the side street onto the sidewalk of the busy street, which was free of pedestrians. He came screaming down the side street, right past me, out into the busy street, and made a wide arc up the hill - right in front of an F150 pickup.

The truck driver stomped his brakes and stopped in time, I apologized and thanked him profusely for being on his toes, and darted up to scoop my boy onto the sidewalk after he had climbed the hill a few yards and stopped.

Panic, relief, guilt, dread, what-if, shakes, make dump in shorts (almost).

I'm glad your boy was fine.
 

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Egads Fuzz, that's a bad one too.

He actually wanted to go back later in the day and race with the grownups again, but hell, *I* wasn't ready for that. :rolleyes:
 

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Egads Fuzz, that's a bad one too.

He actually wanted to go back later in the day and race with the grownups again, but hell, *I* wasn't ready for that. :rolleyes:
Same drill here. He's still a bike fanatic. Last summer we did a 10 mile round trip bike path that put his little sister to sleep in the jumpseat on the back of the bike.



 
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