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An italian story

Also behind the history of crg, a leading company in the world of karting, the pride of made in italy, there is the passion of a man who, at an adult age, falls in love with KARTS to the point of dedicating himself body and soul to a company that will beCOME a legend, the common thread of our ONGOING journey to discover the brands that have made italian karting and our industry great and unique.

A special thanks to Stefano Cossetti, author of “SEMPLICEMENTE KALI ‘…” biographical book on Calogero Vanaria and Kalì Kart from which we have drawn useful information.

The memory of Calogero Vanaria, the visionary who started it all, missed in 2015, is alive more than ever and continues to inspire a great Italian company, the pride of world karting and the undisputed protagonist in the history of this motorsport discipline.

We are in a full economic boom and this man is called Calogero Vanaria, founder of Kalì Kart, a “casa” - as in atelier - that will start to build kart frames and then engines, starting from the 70s. The passion for engines was in Calogero’s DNA. Born in Sicily, in Sant’Agata di Militello (ME) in 1932, he moved to Lonato, in the province of Brescia, where he opened a car shop and dealership. The Brescia area was also where Calogero discovered karting for the first time. It was 1958, watching a race on a street circuit as a spectator: it was love at first sight and the following year, as a driver, he took part in his first race on the city track of Castiglione delle Stiviere, in the province of Mantua. The talent was there, and in 1962 Vanaria won his first Italian title as well as having many competitive experiences abroad.

His passion, however, is more related to technical matters and in the 1970s, following the amount of know-how matured on both chassis and engine parts, the entrepreneurial process began by his founding Kali Kart. Vanaria immediately showed himself bearing clear ideas as an entrepreneur and focused on a business model that was still unusual for the period, which was highly organized, approaching the market by manufacturing mass-produced products and offering specialized services to customers on the tracks, this in years in which his main competitors still had the size and organization of artisans. Vanaria was the man who started a process that, a little at a time, years later, all the Italian companies began to follow – and not only in karting.

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