The second of our driver profiles will feature Keith Bisp, a long time associate of the Jade Kart business.
Before racing karts, Keith had competed with some success in rallies using Mini Coopers and Ford Escorts. During this time he competed in the RAC & The Circuit of Ireland rallies.
The switch to karts came in 1974. Keith's uncle Clive was already racing in the 210 Villiers class which was very popular back then, and Keith started a business with his rally co-driver, Rodney.
Between them they took on an agency for Barlotti Karts.
KR Racing (as it was known) were on hand when Mark Allen won 2 championships on the same day at Dunkeswell, supplying & tuning the winning Maico 125 engine.
Keith moved to Edghill in the 80s to work with Mark at Jade Karts, and was responsible for building every single Jade kart to roll out of the premises.
Keith also based his cylinder plating business, Edghill Plating, there, and, along with Mark, Keith was also building customer engines under the name KMP.
He was by then racing karts almost every weekend, winning:
Shenington Club Championship
Midland Championship min 125
British Champion Formula E short circuit 1987
British Championship 125 P&R in 1992
using a Jade Kart with a TKM gearbox engine
During the 80s Keith raced long circuit in the UK and abroad quite often as a teammate to Mark, in the racing team, KB developments.
He still runs this, with his business partner, Rob Wheldon under the name RAW Motorsport. They specialise in the Radical classes.