Budget motor sports usually involve borrowed helmets at a local go-kart track or scouring Craigslist for a suitable junker to qualify for a Chumpcar or 24 Hours of LeMons race. But what if you wanted to drive a homemade race car without breaking the bank? Brian Driggs of Petrolicious has the answer: Cyclekarts. A CycleKart is a mix between a go-kart and a vintage cycle car that must be hand built and follow certain guidelines to ensure fair competition. With only 5.5 horsepower, the Cyclekarts won't set any speed records but for only $1,500, the cost is hard to beat.
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The Association of MotoCycleKartistes (AMCK), regulates the cars according to what they call the Stevenson Formula and requires the cars to be built, not bought, to help foster a community of builders that are less likely to smash up their babies on the track. The result is a friendly competition that doesn't take itself too seriously and is accessible to anyone who enjoys wrenching on their own car.