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About the Launceston Kart Club

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Club Meeting

The club holds a meeting on the first Wednesday of each month.
The meetings are held at The Jail House Grill on the corner of York and Wellington Streets. Kick-off is at 7:30pm.
All members are encouraged to attend.

A Brief History of the Club

In the very late 1940s, early 1950s, the Tasmanian Midget Car Club were racing on a dirt track, a few miles out of Evandale, at a circuit known as Loch Bay. This became inadequate, and a new venue was sought. A site near Breadalbane was chosen, but deemed unsuitable.

The story of Archerville dates back to the 1960s. The Launceston Go-Kart club (as it was known then) leased the land for 10 pounds per annum from the Archer family, and with an option to renew, developed the area into a 400 yard gravel track which was to host the National Championships a few years later in 1966.

The club was changed to the Launceston Go-Kart Club and on the 10th and 11th of April 1966, in conjunction with the Kart Control Council of Tasmania, hosted the 1966 National Championships.

Through the generosity of the Acher family, the club took full ownership of the circuit in early 1983, with an increase from the leased 10 acres, to approximately 15 acres. The Launceston Kart Club is one of only a small number of kart clubs throughout Australia who wholly own their own complex.

The facility now has seen some major changes since the days of the 60s and 70s. The track length now sits at 773m, at a minimum width of 7m. The pit area is fully sealed, the only circuit in the state to boast this. The clubrooms and canteen are second to none, both housed in a modern brick building fronted by timber decking and a grassed barbeque area, and a playground for the kids sits alongside.

The Launceston Kart Club caters for anyone living in the north and north-east region of Tasmania.