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Toebra
Toebra HalfDork
2/3/18 10:09 a.m.

I enjoy autocrossing and have a grandson who is 11.  He has been greatly influenced by me, and is unusual in that he is a young man strongly interested in cars.  I am pretty sure I can pick up a cart on the cheap, which hopefully would not turn out to be expensive.  I think I have seen it done with little trailers for tires, but how would it be towing a cart?  Would all be flatland California, not thinking about going to Stead with it.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
2/3/18 10:23 a.m.

My Miata tows a HF trailer with 120 lbs of tires, a tool box, aluminum jack, etc with zero problems. I have stiffer springs for autocross, and it is lowered, but it tows very well. I would think a kart would be fine unless you have tons of gear to go with it. 

bgkast
bgkast PowerDork
2/3/18 11:41 a.m.

 

you will be fine

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
2/3/18 11:55 a.m.

Red GT and I used to see a guy who towed a pair of karts with an S2000.  I'm sure one kart behind a Miata will be fine.

zordak
zordak Reader
2/3/18 8:27 p.m.

I don't have Miata experience but I towed my kart with a Chevette.

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
2/3/18 8:28 p.m.

Need to find the image of a Miata towing a Mini.

 

Another friend tows a small boat with a NB.

EvanB
EvanB MegaDork
2/3/18 8:32 p.m.

In reply to Knurled. :

Here you go. I flat towed the Mini 70ish miles on the highway like this.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
2/3/18 8:35 p.m.

Been there done that. You’ll be fine. 

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
2/3/18 8:39 p.m.

In reply to EvanB :

There it is!

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
2/3/18 8:57 p.m.

I have a hitch on my Miata (for a tire trailer) but when people ask me, "what do you tow with that small car?"  I always answer, "THE SNOW MOBILES"  This always brings some surprise because the Miata could handle the load but how would it do with the load and the terrain.  

Edit:  Look what the googles found:  

rob_lewis
rob_lewis UltraDork
2/3/18 10:36 p.m.

Absolutely it's possible.  I towed my son's kart on a HF 4x4 trailer for quite a while.  Upgraded to the 10" tires and had no issues on our 75 MPH roads here in south Texas.  I ended up welding together a small box frame with angle iron (bolted to the corners of the trailer) and storing the rest of the kart stuff underneath. 

 

I thought I was impressive towing with a Fiat 500T, until this guy showed up towing his kart with a first generation Insight....

 

-Rob

BFH_Garage
BFH_Garage New Reader
2/4/18 7:11 a.m.

The miata is the best tow vehicle out there! I towed this trailer for years, covering thousands of miles, through the mountains of GA, NC, and TN without any trouble. You get some strange looks while hauling ass (and gear) along the Dragon's Tail.

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
2/4/18 7:34 a.m.

In reply to BFH_Garage :

They do feel more stable at speed with a "drogue chute" on the back, don't they?

MazdaFace
MazdaFace HalfDork
2/4/18 7:43 a.m.

I see miatas towing trailers to autox events all the time... Pretty loaded up sometimes too. I'd imagine a kart would be fine?

Rodan
Rodan Reader
2/4/18 8:45 a.m.

Why bother with the trailer? cheeky

(from the Google)

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
2/4/18 9:59 a.m.

No one's suggested beefing up the HF trailer tongue yet?

iceracer
iceracer UltimaDork
2/4/18 10:25 a.m.

I towed my kart with much lesser cars than have been mentioned.  

Toebra
Toebra HalfDork
2/6/18 12:54 p.m.

BFH, that trailer is the cat's ass.    I guess it is trailer of put a roll bar on it to support the back of the cart.

 

Guess I better start cart shopping.  Does SCCA have family memberships?  I guess I could get him an individual one, then he could make the 50 year membership thing easy.  

AaronBalto
AaronBalto Reader
2/6/18 12:58 p.m.

I raced karts in the early 90's and towed a small box trailer with the kart and everything for the weekend behind an Integra. I didn't feel like towing all the way to Daytona from Baltimore, so I threw the kart on the roofrack. Lots of thumbs-up, and no problems. And then, like an idiot, I had to have a real race car...

edizzle89
edizzle89 Dork
2/6/18 2:34 p.m.
bgkast said:

 

you will be fine

you should probably strap that kid down a little better...

JBasham
JBasham HalfDork
2/6/18 4:32 p.m.

Miata tow hitches probably cost like what, $125?  I think you should save yourself that money, and use the cart to tow the Miata instead.

Mopar2184
Mopar2184
10/14/19 3:18 a.m.

In reply to bgkast :

How does it do launching the boat?? I'm very curious 

I_Love_Curves
I_Love_Curves New Reader
10/14/19 7:12 a.m.

I just installed the version 2 Flyin' Miata hitch on my 97 Miata. Installation was one of the simplest aftermarket installs I have ever done. Highly recommended in that department. I haven't gotten around to towing my kayak trailer yet.

triumph7
triumph7 Reader
10/14/19 7:23 a.m.

I had hitches on both of my Miatas (Miatae?) for a bike rack.  One thing I noticed right away was how much tighter and solid the rear end felt.  Wealso ended up towing the HF 4x4 trailer with our camping gear when we went to the F1 races at Indy... probably 400 plus pounds for the trailer, gear and cooler.

Dylan2184
Dylan2184
2/29/20 10:25 a.m.

In reply to bgkast :

Heyyy did you launch this boat on a ramp if so how did it do pulling it and launching it?

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