Think You’re Faster Than a Jalopnik Writer? Come Find Out in Detroit Next Weekend!

Since the dawn of humanity, people everywhere have celebrated the new year with one special, sacred event: The Detroit Auto Show. But this is the last year America’s biggest auto show will be held in January, as it moves to sunny June next year. That means we need to send the winter’s big car showcase off in style one final time with our annual readers vs. writers karting race. You in?


Once again—and the last time we’ll all need coats to do it—we’re throwing a huge reader party with our friends at Kart 2 Kart in Sterling Heights, Michigan right before the auto show on Saturday, January 12. We’ll be having a mini-grand prix event and trophy dash open to all you fine readers, and we’ll see once and for all if you are faster than me, Kristen Lee, Justin Westbrook, David Tracy and a few of our special friends. (You probably will be!)

This is one of our finest traditions at Jalopnik and one of the most fun events we throw all year, so if you’re in Metro Detroit or the surrounding area, you should try and come. We’d love to see you.

We’ll have food and sodas provided, and in addition to hanging out with fine like-minded gearheads, we’ll have a trivia contest where you can win some sweet Jalop swag. And the tricycle race is coming back!

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

Where: Kart 2 Kart, 42705 Van Dyke Avenue – Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Check in: 5:30-6 p.m.

Exhibition Drift Trike Races: 6:30 p.m.

Race Start Time: 7 p.m.

Podium Photos: To follow the final race

Trophies for Podium Finish Drivers of the Feature Race

Program Concludes: 11 p.m.-ish

The cost is $60 per person to enter if you pre-register or $65 at the door, but that’s a steal considering you get two qualifying sessions, a shot at the title if you’re fast enough, plus food and drinks on us and Kart 2 Kart.


If you wanna just come and hang out and eat pizza, but not race, it’s only $5 at the door. And we’ll have stickers, t-shirts and trophies for winners!

To register, please call (586) 997-8800, extension 104. There’s no online registration, but this is more direct anyway.


The race is limited to 96 drivers and it fills up fast, so call soon if you’re in it to win it! And even if you’re not racing you’re welcome to come hang out with us.

We’ll see you in Detroit!

Editor-in-Chief at Jalopnik. 2002 Toyota 4Runner.


Always a fun event.  We have 10 days to get down to race weight!!