Paul and his father George built this ultra lightweight kart in 1962 for the first round of the European Championships, held at Bergamo, Italy on the 7th April 1963. He took 2nd place behind Jean-Michel Guillard in the European Championships that year. -
The 1962 Paul Fletcher Bitsatube / Montesa M100 was advertised for sale at The Kart House of Darlington in November 1963 karting magazine. It was for sale for £105, it was sold to a Mr Ervin of Aspatria and raced it at Rowrah. Then at one race meeting at Rowrah Mr Ervin blow the montesa engine to bits, then a Mr Graham of Aspatria bought the Bitsatube off Mr Ervin. Mr Graham has owned the Bitsatube kart for 50 years, then in 2006 the kart was given to John Pearce to restore for Mr Graham's son, Brian Graham. The deal was if John restored the kart to its former glory, John Pearce kept the kart on loan for 2 years for showing it at historic kart venues. The Bitsatube was then given back to Brian Graham of Aspatria in Cumbria where it has been hanging on his garage wall ever since. I received a phone call from Brian Graham telling me the story of how the Grahams came to own the 1962 Bitsatube kart.- The Bitsatube was restored to a very high standard by John Pearce.- The Bitsatube is now owned by myself as I offered to buy it from Brian Graham. I do have a Montesa M100 to go on the kart.- This kart in my opinion is probably the most famous Class 1 kart that was ever raced in the early 1960s.- Paul Fletcher and his father, George, should be very proud of what they made and of the engineering that went into this kart. The engineering was all around the weight of about 35lbs, less the engine. I am now the very proud owner of the 1962 Bitsatube. - PRESS ON THE TEXT TO SEE THE HOLE PICTURE.