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Part of the charming special section opener illustration, by Juan Leguizamon, for MAKE Volume 26

As you likely know, the next issue of MAKE, now wending its way to subscribers (hitting newsstands by April 26) , is themed “Karts and Wheels.” While working on it, and its numerous projects and features (covering go-karts, scooters, skateboards, motorized bikes, and the like), it was hard for us not to look wistfully out of the window and go off on some fond tale of the crazy contraptions we fashioned ourselves as kids. Everybody has a go-kart (or other youthful rec vehicle) story. What’s yours? Please tell us about it in the comments below. Maybe this will help whet your whistle for taking on a project or two from the coming issue. There are some great ones, such as the drill-powered go-kart on the cover, that you can build in a weekend.

From the Pages of MAKE

MAKE Volume 26: Karts and Wheels
Garage go-kart building is a time-honored tradition for DIYers, In this issue of MAKE, we’ll show you how to build wheeled wonders that’ll have you and the kids racing around the neighborhood in epic DIY style. Build a longboard skateboard by bending plywood and build a crazy go-kart driven by a pair of battery-powered drills. Put a mini gasoline engine on a bicycle. And construct an amazing wind-powered cart that can outrun a tailwind. Plus you’ll learn how to build the winning vehicle from our online Karts and Wheels contest! In addition to karts, you’ll find plenty of other projects that only MAKE can offer! Subscribe here.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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