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Secrets of Speed for Two-Cycle Racing
Memo Gidley and Jeff Grist, co-authors of Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed
January 14, 2004

Burlington, ON - Memo Gidley, accomplished open wheel race car driver and shifter kart champion has again joined forces with author/publisher Jeff Grist to produce a new title under the Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed banner. Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed for Two Cycle Racing will focus on two-cycle karting and use the unique format and style created in the first book.

"The first book that Jeff and I put together was very different than anything else ever produced for karting," states Gidley. "This new book on two-cycle racing is a great follow-up to the book on shifter kart racing," continues Gidley from his annual karting clinic in Hawaii. "Every where I go I am amazed at the response to the book."

The success of Secrets of Speed for Shifter Kart Racing is proof positive that there is a strong appetite for more information and insight into the mechanics and dynamics of karting. Feeding that pent up demand is the single-minded focus for both Gidley and Grist.

"This new book will build on the incredible success of Secrets of Speed for Shifter Kart Racing, putting a two-cycle spin on many of the popular chapters and adding new information directed to the new comer to two-cycle racing," states Jeff Grist, co-author and publisher of Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed for Shifter Kart Racing. "We have had an enormous number of requests from karters in other disciplines to do for them what we did for shifter karts."

The overall presentation of Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed for Two-Cycle Racing will utilize the same unique format as the Shifter Kart Racing book, including the extremely popular Hot Tips, Cool Tricks and Warnings sections in each chapter that detail the little things that can be the difference between just finishing and winning. Also, like the current book, each new title will have a unique ID number that allows the reader to register their copy and download charts and diagrams.

This latest edition to the Secrets of Speed series will focus on all aspects of two-cycle racing including formats such as ICA, KT100, HPV and Rotax. The new book will include the very popular driving line chapter with a new chapter on racing principals such as qualifying, starting, passing and defending. Also, this book will take an in depth look at both direct drive and clutch drive formats.

"100cc two-cycle karting is where I got my start," smiles Gidley. "It has been a blast getting back into a direct drive KT100 and also working on clutch drive karting as well."

The MG Secrets of Speed for Two-Cycle Racing will be officially released at Kart Expo 2004 being held at the Pheasant Run Convention Center outside of Chicago Illinois on February 21st and 22nd, 2004. The Secrets of Speed team will be on hand to talk about both the books and can be found at Booth #704/706. Race fans can get up close with Memo at two autograph sessions scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 PM at the Secrets of Speed Booth and Sunday at 11:00am at the Design 500 Booth.

"We are very excited that Memo and Jeff have chosen Kart Expo to release their new book to the North American karting community," states Daryl Sitarz, Expo Director. We believe that books like Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed are good for karting and good for the karting industry.

Karting enthusiasts will be able to place advanced orders starting on January 16th, 2004. The first 250 orders will receive a signed and numbered Limited Edition copy on a first come basis. All advanced orders will begin mailing in late February 2004. Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed for Two-Cycle Racing will retail for $24.95 USD plus shipping and handling.

For more information on Memo Gidley's Speed Secrets for Shifter Kart Racing visit the website at call Jeff Grist at 905.328.7458 or email at

Memo Gidley is an accomplished racecar driver having competed in CART, including a podium finishes at Houston, Laguna Seca and Cleveland. Memo is one of America's most successful shifter kart racers with 2 championships to his credit. Memo is currently the lead test driver for Trackmagic. For more information on Memo Gidley visit or contact Donnie Graves at Pacific Management Services at 818.985.4377.

Jeff Grist is shifter kart enthusiast and first time author. Mr. Grist has put his 15 years of brand marketing and corporate communications experience into this new project. Currently, Jeff is President and CEO of PromoSpyder Inc., and Oakville, ON based Internet software development company he founded in 2000. For more information on this book please contact Mr. Grist by email at or call at 905.328.7458.

Trackmagic is North Americas leading manufacturer of go-karts and 3-time world champion. This includes the new line of MG Signature Series shifter karts. Located in San Francisco, CA, Trackmagic designs, builds and markets go-karts for all levels of racer from cadet to Super Pro. For more information on Trackmagic Karts visit them at or call Matt Page at 415.822.6795.

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