Funeral Details, Max Laybutt

A celebration of the life of Max Laybutt will be held on Thursday, August 31st. Max’s family would like to let everyone know they will be gathering at the Gledswood Homestead & Winery and everyone is welcome. The service will start at 10.30 am. The address is 900 Camden Valley Way, Gledswood Hill, NSW.

Max, a long term karter, volunteer and personality in the sport, particularly the vintage karting scene, passed away on Sunday, August 20. He was 82.

Tribute posted by Karting NSW

Vale Max. He was a dedicated and cherished member of the Vintage & Historic Karts of Australia Club. Max’s commitment to the club, his active involvement, and his passion for vintage karts will be sorely missed by his VHKA mates.

Being a founding member and serving as the President of VHKA for many years demonstrates his deep connection and dedication to the club. The VHKA provides a platform for the members shared interests in vintage karts and the simple joy of gathering with mates. Max’s active participation in demonstration events and his role in preserving the heritage of vintage karts made him a key figure in the community.


Max lovingly restored many vintage karts. He was especially proud of his yellow TMAX, a Darcy Dart with twin McC’s. Max owned and restored this kart with his great mate Tom Hearne. They displayed this beauty at over 18 shows. In 2008 at the Numurkah Vintage Grand Prix they were honoured to be awarded Best Kart at the meeting by the late Duffy Livingston.

It’s clear that Max’s presence and contributions will be deeply missed within the VHKA community. His memory will live on through the friendships he forged, the karts he lovingly restored, and the positive impact he had on the club. It’s heartening to know that his fellow VHKA mates are committed to continuing his legacy and taking care of the club he loved so much.

Rest in peace, Max. Your passion and dedication have left a lasting mark on the Vintage & Historic Karts of Australia Club and the people whose lives you touched. More information is on the pics below.