As Hot Rodding grew in Southern California, it branched out into different outlets of racing and expression. One avenue was go-karting. What started as a couple of guys welding some tubing together to have a bit of fun, grew into more than a fad but an industry just like Hot Rodding. My dad, Ken Eichert, was heavy into go-karting back in the late 1950's to the early 1960s. His garage was filled with Model A Parts and Go-Karts. My mom just gave me a reel of some 30-40 minutes of 8mm film they took out at a few tracks in Southern California. Tracks in Palmdale, Riverside and Moon's Cafe on Bloomfield Ave. in Norwalk, CA. (Later to be Moon Eyes, moving over to Norwalk, Blvd.). You'll notice the Moon track because of the oil derricks in the background. The early home shots are in Downey, CA and the house I later grew up. Dig the kart set up on the Rancheros parked out front of the house. I believe my dad hauled his around in his 50 Ford. My Dad and his friend Sandy Rainey later went on to design what would be the first lay down go-kart (see attached picture). As the driver was reclined and the motor was set off to one side. It was heavily protested when it was brought out to the track, but from what I understand it met all the rule book criteria. Later kart designs still follow some of their early ingenuity. I had to laugh, as one of my dad's ideas was to make a kart for the driver to go head first. Sandy was dead set against it and called my Dad crazy. He called my dad Craze as a nickname until my dad passed this year. Then I came across an eBay sale for the Batman go-kart that was made for the TV Series. My dad was not that far off,was he (see attached photo). Maybe bad for racing but what a great ride! I am usually capable at computer stuff but for the life of me, I can't embed the freakin video. From Karting World Magazine 1963. That's my dad in the driver's seat. Fiberglass body mold was first formed out of paper mache and chicken wire. Gas tank was in between your legs. Fins at your calves kept your legs from creeping out too far. Some ideas are better for look than show. My dad's idea for going head first wasn't all that outrageous for this show. Batman TV series was 1966-68 (IMDb).