years ago a number of keen and dedicated go kart racers
would conduct their racing in any spare parking lot
about the Sandringham / Mentone area and thrill the
spectators dodging hay bails and any other form of
barrier control. Names like Price, Smith, Corman, Maddox
were common amongst the karters in those days and are
now the parenting kind to those common within the
They were the forefathers of karting in Melbourne and
were of great visionary status for they paved the way
for many of the facilities we have today and set a basic
structure for the sport of kart racing. Clubs soon
emerged in areas like Dandenong and Brooklyn.
The Go Kart Club of Victoria is amongst the oldest of
established clubs in Australia and is the oldest
established club in Victoria.
Whilst our roots may have been established in the vacant
car parks of the South Eastern suburbs much of our
competitive history was established at Brooklyn near
Geelong Road. For over 25 years, the fierce competition
raged by up and coming motor racing names like Ingall,
Faulkner, Seton, Lowndes, Bright, Skaife, Price and the
like did battle at Brooklyn, competing in Victorian Open
Championships, City of Melbourne Titles and the
awesomely fierce Star Series that ran for many years for
the metro clubs.
In 1995 the club relocated to Port Melbourne following
the sale of land at Brooklyn by the owners. The Todd
Road site was selected following an exhaustive
evaluation of potential sites in and around Melbourne.
The new venue offered close proximity to all major
arterial roads and the ability to create a high profile
open events with the ultimate events, the CIK Oceania
Championships being successfully hosted at the club in
Since the track opened in 1995 there have been many
successful and memorable events at the track with the
City of Melbourne Titles uppermost in most karter's
minds as a "must do" event for the year. The club takes
great pride in the ability to organise high quality
karting events and contribute regularly at State Karting
Council level to offer direction and stability into our
karting rules and operation.
Today the GKCV is the largest club in Victoria, and the
second largest within Australia.