2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Hauls My Go-Kart
January 20, 2015
I bought another go-kart. Please don't tell my wife.
It was one of those impulse things. I karted quite a bit back in the '90s. Spent time in 100 clutch karts and owned a 125 shifter (Mac Minarelli chassis with a TM engine) for a while. I was almost good at it. Almost. Always wished I was better.
After 15 years of nothing I found myself shopping KT100-powered Tony Karts on Craigslist. I always wanted a Tony Kart. Thought they were cool.
Next thing I knew I was standing in some guy's garage handing over $950 for a well-preserved 2002 Tony Kart Mitox, a rough but usable stand and a functioning starter.
After a few laps all I could think was, "Man, I forgot how hard these things are to drive."
But enough about my midlife crisis and questionable driving skills, let's talk about the truck.
Remember, after much debate we bought a short bed version of the Colorado. Despite that questionable decision, it handled my air compressor, gas can, toolkit, go-kart, gear bag and a few chairs for me and my kids. Quite a bit of stuff, but bringing the kart stand was not an option.
Even without it, there was no way I was closing the tailgate. Instead I over-strapped everything down and made the 130-mile roundtrip without any problems. In fact, the Colorado's ride smoothed out nicely with the few hundred pounds in the bed.
Personal use pickups are bought with this type of task in mind. Hauling toys to the track, or the desert, or the land's end. I continue to be impressed with the Colorado.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 4,223 miles