Author Topic: 4141 Go Cart Race  (Read 4815 times)

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4141 Go Cart Race
« on: March 08, 2009, 18:15:22 »
Hi ya'll,

I bought this at TRU the other day because it is the only new city themed thing that they've had at my TRU in ages, and I am a sucker for modern themed stuff.  It was a really good value at only $11 and my kids love it because it  "does" something.  As you can see from the pictures, the go-carts look great, but more importantly, they work really well. 

We have had go-carts in the past (one of our older go-carts is pictured below) and I have always been impressed by how far they will roll - several feet after the end of the ramp if they are on a slick surface.

I plan on setting it up in front of my mansion along with the ice-cream vendor for a summer time tableau.

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Re: 4141 Go Cart Race
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 02:23:49 »
I also bought this the other day for my son--it is very fun and well engineered!



thanks Kelly for letting me tag along with your post!

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Re: 4141 Go Cart Race
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009, 05:41:50 »
Thanks for the review, Kelly.  Though I won't buy it, it still looks a fun set to have.
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Re: 4141 Go Cart Race
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009, 05:48:14 »
Thank you for the review. The interesting of this set is in my eyes, that they used different types of go-carts, although in Germany we would call this a "Seifenkiste" (soapbox).

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Re: 4141 Go Cart Race
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2009, 05:55:51 »
Thank you for the review. The interesting of this set is in my eyes, that they used different types of go-carts, although in Germany we would call this a "Seifenkiste" (soapbox).

In the UK they used to be called that, too.  A go-kart really ought to have a small engine on the back.  However, the term go-kart seems to be being used more for the soapbox now, maybe because it sounds better and more exciting.
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Re: 4141 Go Cart Race
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2009, 06:49:07 »
Do the two carts go (down the slope) at the same speed and distance, or does one or other always win out?

I can imagine this being a lot of fun for two kids if there's a random element, but with one cart looking much heavier than the other, I infer there might be a difference in performance. Putting two identival carts (but different colours, as with your old one) looks fairer.

I used to play with Scalextric cars, and they put the same electric motor in everything, no matter the weight of the body, so the Mini would go faster than the Porsche!

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Re: 4141 Go Cart Race
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009, 08:26:43 »
Thank you for the review. The interesting of this set is in my eyes, that they used different types of go-carts, although in Germany we would call this a "Seifenkiste" (soapbox).

I believe in the U.S., they used to be called "soapboxes" as well.  There used to be "Soapbox derbies" which are races between soapboxes.
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Re: 4141 Go Cart Race
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2009, 09:57:47 »
I believe in the U.S., they used to be called "soapboxes" as well.  There used to be "Soapbox derbies" which are races between soapboxes.

Same in the UK.  Th soapbox derby used to be something of a speciality with the Boy Scout movement.
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Re: 4141 Go Cart Race
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2009, 10:00:23 »


I can imagine this being a lot of fun for two kids if there's a random element, but with one cart looking much heavier than the other, I infer there might be a difference in performance. Putting two identival carts (but different colours, as with your old one) looks fairer.


But will weight affect acceleration down a slope where the vehicle has no motive power of it's own?  I think Galileo did some work on this and concluded not.
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Re: 4141 Go Cart Race
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2009, 22:32:40 »
I just saw this at TRU also but did not buy it just yet . Here in our neck of the woods those would be "soap box's" and if it had a motor it would be a "Go Cart" hence the "go" .


I used to play with Scalextric cars, and they put the same electric motor in everything, no matter the weight of the body, so the Mini would go faster than the Porsche!

Our favorite were the "mad hatter" and the "mini ha ha" they did the 360º's and were really fast . My kids love playing with the scalextric's to this day and well, so do I  :D
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