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My Go Kart Racing Husband!

Updated on August 16, 2016

Griff: A man with a passion for racing!

If I had to save just one item from my burning home, it would be my go kart racing husband, Griff. He is the one thing in my home I could not live without!

Of course I love my children and the grand babies, but they do not live with me. And yes, if any of them were visiting me when my house was being destroyed, my mothering instinct would win out.

I learned a long time ago (15 years - is that a long time?), that material things are just that--material. They are replaceable in some way or another.

But, my husband Griff is one of a kind. He cannot be replaced.

Yes, I would survive. But, my life would not be the same without my husband.

One of his traits that I prize the most is his love for racing. It is a passion of long standing for him. For me it is a trait that has added a lot of dimension to my life. My life before Griff did not include getting my fingernails greasy or learning to correctly jet an engine. I did not even know how to check the pressure in my tires.

Thanks honey! Who knows where I would be without you! (Probably in my favorite chair reading a mystery!)

(Photo taken at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI ~ All images on this page are mine unless otherwise stated.)

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My Husband: Griff the Racer!

Because of this relationship, I am a crew chief!

My resume now can include "Crew Chief on a 250cc and 125cc gokart race team".

Before I married Griff, I knew squat about racing of any kind. Now I know just enough to get in trouble. If this man was not in my life, I would never have visited some of the most famous tracks in the USA. I have personally been in the pits of Road Atlanta, Road America, Charlotte Motorspeedway, Atlanta Motorspeedway, Laguna Seca, Sebring, Barber Motorsports Park, and the road course in St. Petersburg, FL during the American Lemans.

My crew chief duties include, but are not limited to:

Designing, printing off and filling in data forms

Checking and recording the weather conditions

Stocking the snack box

Stocking the cooler

Making gourmet sandwiches

Cleaning the bug spatter off the front of the gokart

Cleaning the drivers helmet and visor

Maintaining the video camera and helmet cam

Dressing the driver (I pull up the back of his driver's suit)

Starting the gokart

Tapping the driver's helmet for good luck

Getting out of the way

Why is this important to me? My delightful husband thinks I am special enough to include me in his passion. The plus side is, I usually know where he is and what he is doing.

(Photo taken of Griff and his son at Barber Motor Sports Park)

Learn About Karting: - If you spell it "cart" you are not a go-kart racer!

The more you read, the more you know.

Karting is not easy. Only a few are born with a real talent to be a great driver.

For the rest of us, reading is a way to supplement our limited talent.

My Husband's Favorite Books About Racing: - These racing books are all on the bookshelf in our den.

Griff absolutely loves anything having to do with automobile racing. He enjoys reading about the experiences of Steve Matchett and requests books by this racer and Formula 1 commentator.

Another must have book for every racer's book shelf:

Griff at Laguna Seca: - He is in the #00 kart at the end of this short video.

One day I will have to write a piece about the trip to this track.

We drove from Panama City, FL to Monterey, CA in a huge motor home with a 26 ft. trailer containing 5 go-karts and a motorcycle in three days. It was the trip from hell!

Enjoy the extremely short video. (I do not know who made this video--it was found on the internet and I uploaded to YouTube. If it is yours and you will allow me to use it, let me know so I can give you the proper credit.)

Griff the racer dude: - This gokart is for sale! Keep scrolling down to see the link.

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This 250cc superkart was the first one to make it all the way around the track at Barber MotorSports Park.GriffWorkng for IMSAOn the podiumThat is me (behind the kart) running to get out of the way.The kart painted to look like a famous Ford.
This 250cc superkart was the first one to make it all the way around the track at Barber MotorSports Park.
This 250cc superkart was the first one to make it all the way around the track at Barber MotorSports Park.
Workng for IMSA
Workng for IMSA
On the podium
On the podium
That is me (behind the kart) running to get out of the way.
That is me (behind the kart) running to get out of the way.
The kart painted to look like a famous Ford.
The kart painted to look like a famous Ford.

Let me know you were here. If you are a karter, what do you race?

Here is a picture of the last 250 Kart my husband owned. He sold it 4 years ago.

So, what are your thoughts on go kart racing?

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      These are such powerful memories. I wish I had known your Griff. It was a true pleasure to learn more about him and how you shared these special times. I sense Griff lived fully.

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      LeMansGuy85 6 years ago

      Hey awesome page i love it! I raced a Yamaha KT100 for 4 years until 2008. I`ve raced in a well known race that was in Tunica,Mississippi in 2007 Worlds Largest Indoor Kart Championship hosted on espn and one of the main sponsors was O`Reiley auto parts. A experience i`ll never forget. Well please check my page out and do me a favor and like it and i will be pressing your like button too!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      How cool, I have only been go-karting a couple of times but it was great fun.

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      I remember working on this lens but I think that your possession is indeed much more valuable than the one I chose to take with me. Great choice! I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

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      glenbrook 7 years ago

      It's great that you support your husbands racing. Pretty soon the grandkids will be big enough to race with him.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a great story. Thanks for sharing. You and Griff are special people.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Good for your husband! This will keep him young at heart. My hubby has just done something interesting -- an experience that I'm hoping to write about. Bravo!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      I just finished a tribute to my husband too. I love the way you got into racing like you did. It's fun to be able to share an interest together.

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      wilsonchau 8 years ago

      thats very sweet, what a dedicated racer

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      What a great tribute to your husband! Nice work!