"I think it was on Fifth Line", he said. “Just north of here”.
On one of the first ‘dates’ with my wife (date is in quotes because we weren’t officially going out yet, we were ‘just friends’), we visited the go-kart track in north Etobicoke. We were scouting it out as an option for a birthday for her eleven year old son, Steven.
“Trust me, these boys are going to love going to Mosport to watch a car race and then to go-karts afterwards”, I said.
So kart tracks conjure up some nice memories for me. And you can possibly understand a bit about why I would go for the odd drive down the road to see if I could make out the one that was, apparently, virtually next door – even if I couldn’t race across it. But time changes space and I had no luck seeing any track from the road. John was pretty sure it was there somewhere and recalled that it may be set back a bit.
Ted Brown, as serendipity would have it, was a key writer-photographer for the local newspaper and a founding member of the Halton Hills camera club. Ted brown has taken my photograph a few times over the last decade and a half. The first time was in 1997. He would take it again when John Larsen and I held a photography exhibit in the old cultural centre a couple years later - he shot an image of us for an article in the paper. In February of this year I ran into Ted again when he was providing his annual coverage of PhotoArt, our local celebration of photography in the form of a print competition. I decided to ask him about the track.
"Yes it's there", he said. Ted recalled a brief history of the property and said it was next to the old school. "It's now owned by Hugh".
The track originally opened around 1960 and was functioning into the 1980’s. It was known as the North Halton Kart Club (NHKC) and it played a role in motorsports for many drivers while it was in operation.
“I got the karting bug from a young age, as my father and older brother raced at North Halton in the 70’s” - Stuart Clark (Team Canada) ekartingnews.ca 2012
"North Halton Kart Club was my original kart club but I raced at all the tracks in Ontario and some in the U.S.," – Norman Jennings (National Karting Steward) Inside Karting 2002