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How it started

Never mind who invented the first kart or where it first ran, fact is that there were no specific kart engines in those pioneer days. The engines had their origin from light motorcycles or from industrial use. Thanks to tens of tens of thousands of obsolete West Bend lawnmower engines karting shot off in a big way in the USA. In Europe, and especially in Italy, it was pretty much the same. Engines in use ranged from Garelli, Guazzoni, JLO, McCulloch to name, but a few were all originally designed for other purposes.

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1962 - Pista Rossa Milan: Count Dona della Rosa of Italkart Cesare Bossaglia

That all changed when Giovanni Parrilla, owner of the famous Moto Parilla motorcycle factory, paid a visit to his Arizona, United States plant. It was during this business trip that Mr. Parrilla discovered this new phenomenon called “Go-Kart. Back in his office in Milan, he ordered his chief of the technical department Cesare Bossaglia to design and develop an engine for karting. The result was the Parilla PB7 that hit the tracks in 1959. The two prototypes built were reasonably successful but as many parts came from the 125cc motorcycle engine of the same brand, one can hardly say that the PB7 was a purpose built kart engine as such.

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