Happy Labor Day!

Just a reminder that the track is closed on Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th for the Labor Day holiday. We hope you enjoy these final days of summer with family and friends!

We’ll be back next weekend to wrap up our summer series with one more oval race on Saturday, September 12th and sprint race on Sunday, September 13th. We invite you to come out and celebrate the close of a great series (and to pick up a 2015 club t-shirt, if you don’t yet have one).

Our six-week fall series will start on Saturday, September 19th — so don’t put the kart away yet! Active GVKC members who participate in at least four races in the fall series will be eligible for a plaque at our fall awards banquet, happening on November 14th. For questions, please email info@gvkc.org.

Saturday Open Practice Schedule

Open practice on Saturday is a great way to get some extra seat time and dial in your setup. If you’re joining us for the first time, here are the specifics of our schedule:

  • 9 AM: Registration opens
  • 10 to 11 AM: Oval kart practice ONLY
  • 11 am to 4 PM: Oval racing / open practice*
  • 4:30 PM: Motors must be shut off
  • 5 PM: Track closes for the day

*Oval racing generally begins around 11:15 AM, and consists of two heats and a feature. Drivers who wish to use the road course for open practice can utilize the track between each oval race. Oval racing normally wraps up by 1 pm, leaving the track freely available for open practice.

Please visit our Fees page for more information on practice fees for member / non-member drivers and guests. More information on practice day rules, fees and schedules is also available in our 2015 Rulebook. We hope to see you soon!

August 9th: Alan Decker Memorial Race & BBQ

Alan Decker Memorial Race 2015

Help us to celebrate the life of longtime GVKC member Alan Decker with a special day of racing, food and friendship.


Entry fee of $60, payable at registration; the larger the turnout, the larger the payout. Three money races will be held for:

  • Sr. Yamaha Can
  • Sr. Yamaha Pipe
  • TaG

Anticipated format will be a time trial to qualify for grid position in a 10-lap heat, followed by a 15-lap feature. Heats may be split based on turnout. Registration opens at 9 am; racing generally begins at 11:45 am.

**Spectators, please note: GVKC’s standard sprint kart race schedule will also take place on this date. Grandstand admission is free.**


Drivers are invited to make a donation to the Alan Decker Foundation, and take a few laps on the track in his honor.

All guests are encouraged to commemorate Alan by wearing his race colors of red and white.


Drivers, members and spectators…please join us for a summer picnic! (A limited menu of other concession stand items will be available on this date due to the special event.)

• BBQ chicken
• Mac salad
• Baked beans
• Corn on the cob
• Watermelon

$10 – Adult (12 and over)
$7 – Ages 5 – 11
Free for children under 5
Drinks – 75 cents extra

To reserve your meal(s), email wwmom7@yahoo.com with the anticipated number of guests. Payment will be accepted at the concession stand on the day of the event.

PLEASE RSVP BY JULY 31ST TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY. If you have not reserved a meal in advance, food will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

We’ll see you soon!

6th Annual Vintage Karting Reunion: July 23-25, 2015

6th Annual Vintage Karting Reunion at Avon Kart Speedway

Join us at the Avon Kart Speedway on July 23-25th for the 6th Annual Vintage Karting Reunion, hosted by Genesee Valley Kart Club and the Vintage Karting Association. The VKA seeks to recreate the look and feel of actual karting events of the ’50s through ’80s, including track demonstrations for the enjoyment of spectators and participants.

Open to karts manufactured between 1956 and 1985, the event will feature both a judged kart show and a scored Yamaha trophy class competition.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, July 23rd [Participants Only]

  • Early arrivals & limited practice

Friday, July 24th – [Participants & Spectators]

  • 8:30 am – 5:00 pm: Registration and practice by class
  • 5:00 pm: Picnic for preregistered attendees
  • 6:00 pm: Judged Mega Kart Show

Saturday, July 25th – [Participants & Spectators]

  • 8:30 – 11:30 am: Registration and practice by class
  • Noon: Scored trophy classes, 3 heats (6 laps each)
  • 1:00 pm: Non-scored events, followed by open track
  • 4:30 pm: Trophy awards and event closing

Spectators: grandstand admission is free, and concessions are available onsite. To walk through the pits to see the karts and chat with their owners, purchase a pit pass ($10 for GVKC members, and $15 for non-members).

And a note to all race fans and friends: during Vintage weekend, the oval racing that GVKC normally hosts on Saturdays will be combined with road course racing on Sunday, July 26th. Stop back on Sunday to enjoy a full day of racing!

Vintage karters: download a registration form and VKA guidelines.

Sharpen your tuning skills: July 11 training clinic

GVKC Training Clinic

Summer is here…and it’s the season for racing! Join us to sharpen your tuning skills at our third training clinic, happening this Saturday, July 11th at 1 pm.

Led by training coordinator Kevin Orlop, this clinic will be a hands-on session focusing on the HOW and WHY of kart setup, including a demonstration of scaling and alignment adjustments.

This clinic aims to give participants a more thorough understanding of what it takes to put a kart together for maximum performance, and how small adjustments affect what happens on the track. Drivers Nate Shelhart and Brenna Orlop will provide track demonstrations to offer real-time visual feedback of the principles being discussed.

The clinic is free to current GVKC members (standard practice / pit pass fees apply). While no advance registration is necessary, we encourage you to fill out our online form to let us know that you’re interested in attending. This allows GVKC to contact you directly with any updates to the schedule or curriculum, and to tailor offerings to fit your specific needs. See you soon!

Register for the July 11th training clinic.


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