About Tiger Kart Club

Tiger Kart Club hosted the Western Australian State Sprintkart Championships at the newly resurfaced and refurbished Cockburn Circuit over the weekend of Fri, Sat, Sun 1,2,3 October 2010.

Six months later, Tiger Kart Club hosted the Easter Nationals 2011 at the Cockburn Circuit. This was a great opportunity for the club to offer its hospitality to a large number of interstate visitors.

A range of good accommodation options are available in Fremantle or neighbouring suburbs along the coast. Many visitors choose to stay in Perth city as the travel time to the track is short and easy via freeway access. Caravan parks, hotel/motel accommodation are abundant in the region.

Tiger Kart Club (Inc) is a busy, vibrant club formed to provide sprint kart racing for members. Tiger Kart Club has some 240 licenced drivers as well as a considerable number of social and non driving members.

The club is fortunate to have two international standard racing facilities – one located south of the river, Cockburn International Kartway, Gemma Road, Henderson, and the other near Barbagallo Raceway, Wanneroo International Kartway, located at Wattle Avenue, Neerabup.
Both tracks are licensed for 40 karts. Usually for an "Open" meeting, the "full track" is used – 1070m for Cockburn, and 1025m for Wanneroo. At both tracks, we are able to run clockwise and there are many different configurations and track lengths available at each track and these are generally used on Club Days.

Club Day Racing is usually on the third weekend of the month, alternating from the Cockburn circuit to the Wanneroo circuit on a bi-monthly basis.

At the Wanneroo circuit, we have installed lighting which is second to none. This gives us the ability to hold night racing (usually in the summer months), and to offer night practice to members.

For further details on this please contact the Tiger Kart Club office on 9343 0096.

club history

Written by Mr. Frank Swann — Life Member
The club was formed in 1958 by a group of riders from a motor cycle club. For two years they didn't have a track to race on. Therefore, it was car parks, airstrips or Claremont Show Grounds between the buildings and almost anywhere that they could obtain authority to race.

This ended in 1960 when a bitumen track was opened at Cockburn down by the sea. It was in a quarry which in turn was used as a rubbish tip. A vast amount of work was needed and many people dedicated huge amounts of time to complete the track and facilities. The club received enormous help from the Cockburn Road Board, now the City of Cockburn.

In 1961 the first WA State Championships were run at Cockburn. In 1974 the track was upgraded and increased to 560m. 1975 saw the club have its first turn at the National championships.

In 1976 the club was advised by the City of Cockburn that the Government was intending to take over the reserve for shipbuilding. This eventually happened and the club opened a new track of international standard on the 30th November 1980 at the present site in Gemma Road, Henderson. The track was 1070m by 8m wide. As the track had been doubled in length the government paid 48% and the club 52%.

We held our first international meeting at this track in 1982 with the DAP International Championship. It was an Invitation meeting and six international drivers from 5 countries attended. Then in 1983 the Tiger Kart Club hosted the CIK Asian Pacific Championships. We had the honour of holding the first CIK event run in Australia. This time twenty-two international drivers from 9 different countries competed, a mighty achievement.

Just 10 years later, in August 1990, the club opened another international standard track at Wattle Ave, Neerabup (Wanneroo), 1025m x 8m in size. Loan payments on Cockburn were completed in 9 years and the Wanneroo loan was paid in 7 years. The foregoing was a very successful operation and was achieved by a fairly small band of dedicated people.

Should you wish to belong to a Kart club, grab the Tiger by the tail and join.

 

Life Members

The following members have been honored with Life Membership of the Tiger Kart Club (Inc) as a form of recognition of their long service and dedication to the club.
A McINTOSH
G FORD
W BROWN
S JONES
E DICKER
V COSTA
R MOULD
F SWANN

D MOULD
G BURVILL
I STAPLES
R TONKIN
P ALLISON
D FRIEND
J NASTAS
M SULLY

I GIBB
G LIGHT
R WEDD
G FOSTER
W SMITH
D SCOBLE
D VERCO
L VERCO
J WHITE

 

Honorary Life Members

These members made a great contribution towards the building and opening of the Cockburn International Kartway, Gemma Road Henderson.
M SWANN
B KRAMER
R GRIFFITHS
M KINNEAR
W M DAVIS
R D COX
E J MAYNARD

M R BROWN
J WEISE
G SULLEY
G FORD
J PEARSON
G MYCOE
L DEAN

S WHITE
C LLOYD
B KNOTTIE