John Busby

Motorsport enthusiasts come from all walks of life so when you’re getting
stuck into a club competition, you never know whom you might be up
against. Some people have extraordinary backgrounds, and in this feature
we celebrate those who do something a little different in their ‘other life’.

What type of motorsport do you compete in?
I race in a 450 4-Stroke class on a Silverstone chassis with
a tuned KTM engine, competing in the BSRC and Motorsport
UK British Superkart Championship. I recently won the
SuperKarting UK Club Championship and I have raced at many
circuits, including Snetterton, Oulton Park, Anglesey, Cadwell
Park, Mallory Park, Silverstone and Donington.

How did you get into motorsport and when
did you start?

Name: John Busby
Profession: Fruit farmer
Motorsport activity:
Long Circuit Karting
Revolution - October 2021

I started in short circuit karting when I was about 25, and a
couple of years later I joined a team to compete in endurance
kart racing throughout the UK. I had a break when I had a
family but then got back into it again. After running a pro kart
and then a 125 Rotax kart, I found I was too old to compete
with the young kids. I was going to quit but my mechanic,
Tom Hatfield, suggested I try Superkarting. I went to watch an
event at Darley Moor, applied for my licence, took my ARKS
(Association of Racing Kart Schools) test and in 2018 brought
my first superkart.