An Eyemouth father-daughter team have rallied together to build their own homemade kart – and enjoyed a ‘wheely’ great day at a Go-Kart competition.
‘Team Maurice’, consisting of dad Pete Dyson and his daughters Sammie and Katie, worked on the kart together.
Pete and Sammie then raced it in the adult and junior sections of the Cumbria heat of the Screwfix Go-Kart Rally, which was held at the Surf the Turf outdoor activities centre in Sedgwick earlier this month.
The Go Kart Rally competition, held in association with Screwfix, power tool brand Evolution, and Peugeot, required entrants to design and build their own gravity-powered go-karts.
Seventeen-year-old Sammie explained: “I love the TV programme Scrapheap Challenge, so when I saw the competition in dad’s Screwfix catalogue I really wanted to build a kart!
“My sister Katie painted the kart and we both helped dad build it.”
Pete is a joiner, so building the kart was all in a day’s work, but it was a real team effort.
He said: “We wanted to build our kart from parts and scrap, so the old lawn mower and a golf buggy out the garage were perfect, and my younger daughter painted it.
“All in all it took a couple of weeks - it’s not too difficult. It was just a case of putting bits together.”
The team then took their kart Maurice - so named because it originated from a mower (Mo) - along to Sedgwick and put all their hard work to the test.
And although racing conditions were far from perfect on the day, the family had a great day out.
“It was horrendous weather, but it was still good fun,” Pete said. “I wasn’t sure how well the kart would run on the track as we hadn’t really tested it before the Rally, but we were there for a great day out regardless.
“We did three runs each, me and my daughter, and it held together!”
Pete and Sammie took to the grass hill track on Saturday, September 3, battling against other racers to record the fastest time.
Maurice proved to be a real contender, with Pete recording a total time across three runs just 30 seconds short of the speedy winner, and Sammie representing for the female racers as the only girl in the competition.
She said: “The kart was quite hard to steer, but I loved it!
“We’ve even got a drinks holder and eyes on our kart, so I’d say it was the most unusual there.”
And although the Dysons became involved impulsively this year, they say they may take to the tracks again in the future.
“It was just a one off, though the Screwfix rally is all happening again next year so we might get involved again, it was good fun,” Pete said.
“We picked up some ideas from the other karts on the day and we’d definitely make our kart a bit lighter next time.”
And although Maurice has served his purpose for now - he’s not yet been officially retired.
“We’ve still got it so it’s just a case of what to do with it now,” Pete said.
And he’s got some big ideas. “The Screwfix rally was a gravity race, but now that’s done we may think about putting a little engine on it!” he said.
Screwfix’s John Mewett added: “It was great to see the karts turn out for the Go-Kart Rally in Cumbria given the rain and wind – and they certainly didn’t disappoint!
“We have noticed a real trend for people wanting to get back to those ‘lads and dads’ days of old, which is why we created the Go-Kart Rally tournament to celebrate just that - families getting their kids out in the fresh air, and working together on projects - so it was great to see the Dysons having done so well in the competition.”
For further details on the Go-Kart Rally or information on entering the Best Designed Go-Kart visit www.screwfix.com