Q — What happens if it's raining on the day of my event?
A — All events are risk-assessed to take place in any weather condition, with the exception of extreme weather (e.g. snow), in which case we will contact you prior to your event to reschedule as appropriate. In wet conditions drivers are supplied with plastic wet suits, but it is sensible to bring a change of clothes in case you get caught out.
Q — How long does a lap of the circuit take?
A — There is no precise time for how long a lap of the circuit will take. Experienced drivers can achieve lap times in the region of 50 seconds, but in varying conditions a lap can take over a minute. Events taking place on the shorter National circuit are nearer 35 seconds per lap. Fast lap-times are far less important than keeping the kart pointing in the right direction — remember the hare and the tortoise!
Q — Do I need a driving licence to take part in an event at Buckmore?
A — No, you do not need a driving licence but you must be at least 16* years old and abide by our terms and conditions.
Q — What tyres are fitted on the karts?
A — The karts are fitted with slick tyres at all times, regardless of weather conditions.
Q — Do you have changing facilities and lockers?
A — We have full changing facilities and showers, however you will need to bring your own towel. We also have lockers available which require a £1 coin to operate.
Q — What should I wear?
A — Race suits are provided. Wear comfortable casual clothes like a tee-shirt and jeans in summer, or a sweatshirt and jeans in winter. Please wear sensible, thin-soled, flat-heeled casual shoes like plimsolls or trainers. Sandals or open-toed shoes are not acceptable. Also, it can rain at very short notice so we suggest you bring a change of clothing for your homeward trip in case you get caught out.
Q — What about food and drink when I'm at the circuit?
A — The Park Cafe can provide for all your needs in this department but a word of advice: don't eat heavily before your karting experience as you may regret it once you get on circuit. Improve your appetite by enjoying your karting first, followed by a good meal afterwards. You should drink plenty of water, especially in the summer as it is very easy to dehydrate when karting. Work on about 250ml per 30 minutes of karting as a guide.
Q — Is karting safe?
A — At Buckmore Park our number one priority is the safety of everyone on site. Our karts and circuit are maintained to a high standard and very regularly inspected by the Motor Sport Association, the National Karting Association and indeed the Environmental Health inspector. We provide all necessary safety wear and give comprehensive safety briefings. Listening to the safety briefing and heeding the instructions is the part you play in keeping the event safe and enjoyable. However, as with all activities, unavoidable accidents can happen even in the best regulated events.
Q — How do I choose which BPKDC club event is most suitable for me?
A — Firstly, be totally honest with yourself. Don't overestimate your stamina or ability as this will only lead to disappointment. Karting on a proper outdoor circuit in fast karts is very physical. We grade our events by star ratings, one star being entry level, right up to five stars for the near-semi-professional. We offer both sprint races (several short races) and endurance events (one long continuous race). Take a look at the star ratings before you narrow down your choice and if in doubt, drop a level to see how you get on. It's far better to win a two star event than to be lapped several times in a four star race! You can then move up the ladder at your own pace.
Q — Do you have a height and weight limit?
A — The minimum height for our adult karts is 5' 0" (152.4cm) and the maximum height is 6'8" (203.2cm).
Our karts are very adjustable, both the pedals and the seat can be adjusted, but there are obviously limitations.
The minimum height is stated above but maximum sizes are far harder to stipulate. Normally, heights up to 6’8” (205cm) will fit although comfort levels will be reduced.
Weight limits are a far more difficult issue as shape is perhaps more important than a simple maximum weight. Some drivers are ‘wedge’ shaped with the widest measurement being at the shoulders. Others are ‘pear’ shaped so despite being the same weight as a ‘wedge’ shaped driver, the ‘pear’ shaped driver may have difficulty fitting the kart seat. Most people are aware of likely problems and so we would urge anyone with a doubt to contact us before their proposed visit. We are more than happy to arrange for you to try the karts for size prior to your visit.
Q — Is there a licensed bar at Buckmore?
A — There is, but common sense — as well as our rules — dictate that alcohol and driving activities do not mix. The bar is therefore only open after the conclusion of racing and only following certain BPKDC club events. The bar also serves non-alcoholic drinks for the dedicated road driver in your party. Please see our alcohol and drugs policy.
Q — Can I just turn up and drive?
A — No — adult karting sessions (for ages 16+*) must be booked in advance. There is sometimes last-minute availability during off-peak times so contact our sales team or check this website for availability.
Q — Can I bring spectators and/or guests?
A — Yes, we have the best facilities in the UK — family, guests and spectators are
always welcome without charge. Buckmore Park Kart Club also promotes owner/driver national-status televised kart racing events to which spectators are always welcome, although a small spectator fee may apply at these events.
Q — Can I use my own EU/BS helmet and race suit?
A — Yes, providing that is a full face helmet and the helmet meets standards and the suit is in good condition. Dark visors are not permitted after the lights are switched on at dusk. If in doubt about the suitability of your crash helmet, please ask your Race Director.
Q — Can I purchase gift cards?
A — Yes, Buckmore gift cards can be redeemed against any specific Buckmore event or merchandise and can be purchased online (see the yellow 'shop' tab above) or over the counter during circuit office hours.
Q — Can I book events online?
A — Yes, all hire-kart practice sessions and most of our BPKDC club events can be booked online via a secure server. See individual events for full details.
Q — Do you have lockers?
A — Yes, both or male and female changing rooms have lockers which require a refundable £1 coin to operate.
Q — Can I video the event?
A — You may film from anywhere within the spectator viewing areas but we regret that we do not allow any 'on-board' filming whatsoever, however small the camera may be.
*The minimum age for adult karting is generally 16yrs but a child of 14 may drive with adults if they are in possession of a current MSA Kart Race Licence which must be presented to the race director at sign-on. Provided that youngster meets the other height and safety criteria, and the race director is satisfied with the documentation, the child may race in the adult event.