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PHOTOS: The Capital Karting Grand Prix at Karters’ Korner

On the Sunday, some of the area’s top go karters raced in the Capital Karting Grand Prix at Karters’ Korner. All photos by Barry Gray.

STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. A future racer checks outa kart in the pits. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
A future racer checks out a kart in the pits.
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Back to the pits after practice. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Back to the pits after practice.
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Fine tuning between sessions. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Fine tuning between sessions.
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Not all the fun was on the track. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Not all the fun was on the track.
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Owen Clarke (655) leads the pack in the Junior race. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Owen Clarke (655) leads the pack in the Junior race.

STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).

STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Stittsville’s Stephanie Berg (11). Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Stittsville’s Stephanie Berg (11).
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. David Laplante (384) leading the pack. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
David Laplante (384) leading the pack.
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Junior racers begin their race. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Junior racers begin their race.

STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).

STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Race time. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Race time!
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Tight corners. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Tight corners.
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Stittsville’s Stephanie Berg (11) Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Stittsville’s Stephanie Berg (11).

STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).

STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. On the grid getting ready to race. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
On the grid getting ready to race.
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Junior racer Gabriel Savoie preps his kart for the next race. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Junior racer Gabriel Savoie preps his kart for the next race.
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Back to the pits after practice. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Back to the pits after practice.
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Adjustments between races. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Adjustments between races.
STITTSVILLE, ON. August 7, 2016. Karter’s Korners. Brian McCraken (50) after practice. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral).
Brian McCraken (50) after practice,

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Ottawa’s go-kart community comes to Karters’ Korner next weekend

(PHOTO: Stittsville’s Stephanie Berg will be competing at the Capital Karting 2016 Grand Prix at Karter’s Korner on August 6-7. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Engines rumble to life and gasoline floats in the air. At the intersection of Huntley and Fallowfield Rd, visitors at Karters’ Korner zig zag at high speeds along one of the main attractions: the go-kart track.

On the weekend of August 6-7, Karters’ Korner will host the second annual Ottawa Mayor’s Cup of Wishes and Capital Karting Grand Prix. Continue reading


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Commercial development proposed for corner of Huntley and Fallowfield

The City has received a zoning bylaw amendment request that would allow a commercial building at 2403 Huntley Road at Fallowfield, across the street from Karters’ Korner.

The site is currently zoned as “RU” (Rural Countryside), and the applicant wants it change to “RC” (Rural Commercial, Sub- Zone RC11). Here’s some of the rationale offered by the applicant:

– There are very few purely rural (in the sense of “agricultural”) properties within the vicinity of this site, which is actually surrounded by residential, industrial and commercial uses.

- Growth and development in the Stittsville community is inexorably moving eastward toward this site, but there is currently very little general commercial in the immediate area. A number of small business owners, representing clean, non-industrial enterprises, have already expressed an interest in this proposed commercial venue, as discussed below.

- The site is located at an intersection which already sees significant Stittsville-related traffic. A new small-scale commercial development here would be consistent with the existing traffic load.

- The Owner’s proactive invitation for feedback from the surrounding community elicited some cautious support, strong advice to avoid certain incompatible occupancies (in particular, any “gas station”), and no strong opposition.

- The Owner’s intent is to develop an upscale, high-quality facility which will complement and enhance Stittsville’s traditional “village” character.

You can read all about it here. City staff are accepting comments on the proposal.

2403 Huntley map


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Mayor Jim Watson and retired major general Lew MacKenzie help launch go kart event

(Press release from the Capital Karting Grand Prix.)

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and City of Ottawa Sports Commissioner & Innis Ward Councillor Jody Mitic joined Mr. Enrico Valente and Mr. Lew MacKenzie, (Major General Retired) Member of the event’s Advisory Board, in announcing the official launch of the Capital Karting Grand Prix (CKGP) to be held on July 25 & 26, 2015, at KARTERS KORNER in Ottawa.

“I want to congratulate the competitors and organizers, in addition to the sponsors and volunteers for dedicating efforts, expertise and resources to the successful staging of this premier motorsports gathering,” said Mayor Watson. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing some of the Karting community’s best racers come to Ottawa.”

Organized by PODIUM Special Events Management Inc. the CKGP has very enthusiastic strategic partners including the National Capital Kart Club, the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Tourism and KARTERS KORNER, as well as a number of generous sponsors such as Scotiabank, Krown, Decisive and Access Rigging.

“Organizing this motorsports festival weekend has been an amazing thrill and a privilege” stated Mr. Valente. “The National Capital Region has a very dynamic motorsports community. This race weekend will become a major annual event and, more importantly, it is free to the public and a great time for the entire family!”

Aside from some exciting Kart Racing involving competitive racers from Ontario, Quebec and the USA, this event also has a large charitable component – The MAYOR’s CUP of WISHES – that engages and involves the corporate community to have some fun with Karting and raise significant dollars for select charities that include: Children’s Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the HERA Mission, Ottawa Senators Foundation, Roger’s House and SOLDIER ON.

“The MAYOR’s CUP of WISHES will support outstanding charities in our community” said Mr. Mitic. “I encourage local corporate, companies and clubs to enter a challenge team to help raise vital funds for these exceptional charity partners”.

For more information and to register, visit www.CapitalKarting.com. Make sure July 25 & 26, 2015 are on your calendar; plan to be at the CAPITAL KARTING GRAND PRIX & MAYOR’s CUP of WISHES in Ottawa!


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Karters’ Korner to host inaugural go-kart grand prix in July

(Press release from the Capital Karting Grand Prix organizers.)

Enrico Valente
Enrico Valente

Stittsville’s Karters’ Korner will host the inaugural Capital Karting Grand Prix (CKGP) on July 25-26, 2015. Go-kart racers from Ontario, Québec and other parts of North America will be competing in the event for a cash prize.

The event also features a charitable component, with Ottawa’s corporate community invited to enter racing teams to raise money for charity including the Children’s Wish Foundation, Ottawa Senators Foundation, Roger’s House and Soldier On. Admission will be free to the public. Continue reading


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