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March 01, 2013 News
EKN.ca Club Profile: Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association

Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association

For the past 25 plus years, the Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association has been the premier choice for karters in Canada's Maritimes. Racing from May until late September, the Nova Scotia-based club provides the ideal environment for young up-and-coming drivers, seasoned veterans, and newcomers to develop and showcase their talents behind the wheel. The action is not limited to just the track, with camaraderie and various social events adding to the atmosphere.


In January of 1987, a group of karting enthusiasts, including Paul Hogue, Jerry Lawrence, Don & Linda Mahar, and Don & Norma Nickerson, got together in an effort to build a new karting club in Nova Scotia. Joining forces with the Ontario Kart Racing Association, the new club was focused on providing karters with a place to race using established Canadian rules. The group worked out an agreement to race at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, as the Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association.

Initially racing on a small 'purpose-built' karting track, the club was based at AMP for only two seasons, before scheduling conflicts meant they needed to go looking for a new home. Moving to Dartmouth, N.S., the Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association made the transition to Scotia Speedworld, a stock car oval located adjacent to the Halifax International Airport. A short, but fun track was laid out, utilizing both the existing oval and parts of the infield, and the club enjoyed a surge in membership. The track introduced a wider pitlane and new barriers for stock car competition in 1998, and this resulted in a change in track configuration, with the track apron and parts of the oval now being utilized.

Alumni of note include the late Scott Fraser, a multiple MASCAR (Maritimes-based late model touring series) champion and member of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame; Frankie Fraser, a Sportsman Championship champion; Scott MacLean, a INEX Canadian Legend and multiple Pro Legend Championships champion; Ryan McIntosh, a US Bandolero National champion; F2000 Championship Series driver Aaron Pettipas; Brad Eddy, a NASCAR Wheelen All American Series champion; Justin MacNeill, a INEX Canadian Legend champion; Luke Ettinger, a INEX Canadian Bandolero champion; and Barry Nickerson, whose family is inducted in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame.

The Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association continues to honour its history year after year via several trophies:

The Harry Harnish Memorial Trophy is awarded at the Fall Classic event in tribute of long-time sponsor of club driver Paul Hogue, who had a standing agreement that allowed him to drive Paul's Kart in one of the 'Heat' races each weekend, before suffering a fatal heart attack after a race in 1984.

The Deke Cameron Memorial Trophy is awarded mid-season and is dedicated to the first-year Junior driver who had an unbelievable passion for the sport and tragically died in an accident in 1993.

The Sansom Cup is given in honour of David Sansom, a Senior driver who drove with AMKA in the late '90's. An avid flyer, he and his brother Keith died tragically in 1999, when the small plane they were flying crashed.

The Don Nickerson Memorial Trophy is offered in lasting memory of a founding member of AMKA and owner/operator of Don's Kart Pitstop. A fixture at the track for over 25 years, Donís dedication to karting was second to none, he was also a proud family man, cheering on both his sons Glenn and Barry, and grandson Cameron, before passing away in the spring of 2012.


Racers can showcase and develop their talents behind the wheel in Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association action via a variety of classes. Utilizing the Briggs & Stratton LO206 powerplant, Novice, Junior, and Senior battle for top honors throughout the season, with Masters potentially being added as well.

ClassAgesMin. WeightEngines
Novice7-12250 lbsBriggs LO206
Junior12-15295 lbsBriggs LO206
Senior15+335 lbsBriggs LO206


Drivers racing with the Motorsport Karters Association call Scotia Speedworld their home track. Located in Dartmouth, N.S., the club track utilizes the apron, pitlane and portions of the 3/10-mile D-shaped oval. The 0.5-km 12-turn configuration provides the AMKA racers with a high-speed challenge that features several passing zones.


2013 Schedule

June 15 - Race 1 (Don Nickerson Memorial Trophy Race)
July 6 - Race 2
July 20 - Race 3
July 27 - Race 4 (eke Cameron Memorial Trophy Race)
August 17 - Race 5 & 6
August 24 - Race 7
September 7 - Race 8 (Harry Harnish Memorial Trophy Race)
September 21 - Race 9 & 10
September 28 - Race 11 & 12

Club Information

The Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association website is http://www.amka.ca

Contact the Club President - Pat White - at pat.white@amka.ca

The 2013 membership fee is $70, and Associate/mechanic memberships are $25, which is required if the driver is under 19. Each extra Associate membership is $12.50.

Membership Application Form available HERE

Kart sales and parts available via the Don's Kart Shop - 902-434-3986
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