Rotarian in the Fast Lane

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Club member, Director and recent Speaker Matt Mooradian’s avocation is speed!  He grew up racing go-carts, bicycles, dirt bikes and motorcycles.   This summer Matt’s building and racing motorcycles and stock cars.  He’s raced at Lebanon Valley Speedway at up to 90 mph.

He’s raced “wing carts” which are low to the ground, small and fast, up to 130 MPH.  The overhead wings help stabilize the vehicle.

“Flat carts” are light and low to the ground, only one-half inch above ground, and reach 80 MPH.  Matt has built five of these carts which use Rota-tiller engines and methanol fuel.

There is major prize money in racing carts, and oddly enough, not so much in stock car racing.

Matt showed a flat cart racing video he recorded from his helmet camera.  The cart has only one brake, and doesn’t shift.  At a Glens Falls oval track he can reach 60 MPH. One lap equals 12.7 seconds.

Matt showed a second video of motorcycle racing, a “track bike” modified for a 2.2 mile track.  He can reach 150 MPH on the straightaways, and 60 to 70 MPH on the turns.  One lap is one minute and 45 seconds.

We enjoyed experiencing Matt’s excitement and intensity relating to his avocation.  Thank you, Matt!  We really enjoyed your talk.

Pictured above:  President-Elect Dennis Knoll presents Matt with the coveted club mug and Guest Speaker certificate.