Karting Legend “Star Of Parkes”

A tribute ceremony was held in Parkes on Wednesday for one of the town’s most successful sports people, multiple Australian karting champion, John Pizzaro.

“I had the great honour of attending a tribute ceremony for motor sport champion and long-term member of Rotary and Parkes Antique Motor Club, Mr John Pizzaro OAM” Philip Donato MP posted on social media.

A ‘Star of Parkes’ award was presented to John at the Parkes Motor Museum and included one of his karts and several trophies.

A number of speakers addressed the assembled guests who travelled from near and far.


Some of John’s achievements include:

  • A racing career that spanned over 30 years,
  • 15 Australian Championship titles across several classes,
  • Raced overseas, winning the CIK Asia-Pacific Championship,
  • Competed in five World Championships
  • Was team mate to two of the greats of world karting – Terry Fullerton and Ayrton Senna.
  • Set the track record at the Japan go-kart Grand Prix,
  • Has never raced anything but karts, choosing to focus on the entry level race category and get the most out of it.
  • Inducted into Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2017, together with Sir Jack Brabham and other Motorsport legends.
  • One of the earliest Parkes Sportsman of the Year
  • Multiple Rotary Paul Harris Fellow
  • Awarded OAM in 2019
  • Designed, manufactured and sold 2500 “Sprinter” Go Karts from his premises in Parkes.
  • Many current Motor Racing “Champions” started their careers in a “Sprinter” Kart
  • The sport created the perpetual John Pizarro Trophy, awarded to the champion of KZ2 class
  • A NSW Track Inspector for Karting Australia.
  • Involved in the design and/or accreditation of many Kart tracks including Numurkah; Dubbo; Orange; Grenfell; Raleigh; Port Macquarie; Griffith; Wagga Wagga.

“Congratulations on a lifetime of outstanding achievements, John.”