Barstool what?!

I’m sure we’ve all been there.  Watching a football game or horror film and yelling instructions and comments at the screen all the while basking in our superior knowledge and intellect.  And, if you’re like me, you’ve watched a NASCAR or similar race and found myself coaching the driver (‘Turn left!!!’) and his or her team.  Ahh, the comfort of home.  Fewer of us, however, have ever got off our barstool and actually anted up.  If this sounds like you and you’re ready for the next step there’s good news:  it’s called Barstool Racing.

Think of it as kart racing taken to a new high.  Or should that be a new low?

So grab a stool such as those found in your favourite bar and attach it to a go-kart frame powered by a single cylinder motor.  Handlebars with throttle and brake levers provide steering and control (such as it is).

Racing is usually held on a small dirt or grass track.  The whole idea is not to kill yourself when you fall and by the sound of things, this happens a lot.  Naturally, most events take place in the US and Canada including the Calgary Stampede.  Oh those Albertans.

If this says ‘yesh’ (hic) to you there’s help.  No, not that kind.  For building instructions and tips be sure to visit Build Your Own Race Car.  And even if you’re not a winner at some upcoming event, you can probably beat everybody to the Hospitality Tent.

And if that’s not enough fun for you, there’s always the winter editions.