This Week in Milford

December 26, 2020

Doug Guthrie, Kartboy*

Happy Boxing Day! Joyous Kwanzaa! Gentlemen, start your engines! Wait, what?

We may want to rethink that Doug Guthrie/Janet Guthrie relation. Doug’s gearheadedness extends not only to his choice of daily driver but also to that which distracts him from fulfilling his Thorpian duty. There’s gotta be more to the picture than meets the eye here.

What kind of kid dailies a ’66 Goat in the Rust Belt? Not one who cares about exposing it to the winter elements, and most likely not one that had to scrape the pennies together to buy it himself. Hagerty values a ’66 Tri-Power hardtop from $24K for a car in #4 condition to $75K for one in #1 condition. The obvious answer would be that Guthrie’s little GTO must be bankrolled by his family, along with his karting. But not so fast – there are monetary prizes to be had in karting, and it’s been used as a springboard to higher levels of auto racing. The list of Formula 1 champions who started in karts is an impressive one indeed, including current and seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. So before we dive in and assume this is yet another kid whose parents are living their lives vicariously through, let’s sit back and see how this develops.

Let’s also wait and see how Rubin develops the strip Vic Doucette and how closely his character’s life parallels The Real Vic Doucette’s. If strip Vic puts as much good faith effort into his PA work as he did in his PE class, he may end up doing a decent job. Bonus points if he gets Marty Moon to curse on the air again.

*Milford may have Nutboys but here in the real world there is a Kartboy, a supplier of performance parts for Subarus, VWs and Audis.


  1. Do we have to endure ANOTHER episode of Prisoners Running The Asylum? Sheesh, Thayer and Rapp were in control of team matters until Gil cussed them out for running the asylum worse than The Joker.

    “…Ball players who moonlight at the Indianapolis 500 and the coaches who love them on the next Geraldo, today at 4.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — December 26, 2020 @ 5:25 pm

  2. 1. Isn’t he a little big to be running in a competitive shifter kart series? Yeah I get that any chance to spend a few days in Daytona in December should be jumped on, but this is just weird.

    Also, why not just give Gilberto the full race calendar at the start of the season?

    2. Things may be different now, but wearing your basketball gameday jersey during the school day was not only douchebaggy, it was forbidden because of all the obvious rips, tears and stains that can occur during the school day… Nevermind the fact that the jersey is on loan and must be returned after the season ends…

    Comment by Hitorque — December 26, 2020 @ 6:17 pm

  3. Senior Kart race isn’t for old fucks? Color me surprised and not giving a fuck. I had already forgotten about this turd and moved on to Bennetti. I may have a short attention span but , yeah Gil, I know his has Cerebral Palsy . I don’t have dementia like you Gil. You turd!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 26, 2020 @ 7:25 pm

  4. P 4: “… sure duggie!…. you can go, I don’t give a fuck…. wanna know why? ….. there’s a shitload of kids in this very school that would love to have your spot on the team, so make sure to turn in your uniform and take your shit from your locker before you go, capische?… I’ll find another kid in about five minutes…. NOW GET OUT OF MY SIGHT!…”

    Comment by franku2016 — December 26, 2020 @ 8:31 pm

  5. I would think it is more that he is a little old than a little big to be running in a competitive karting series. Big guys often have a class of their own in karting events (a friend of mine, 6’2″ with a big frame, raced in one for several years in his late teens/early 20s) but anyone expecting to have a future in racing beyond karts would be in something larger by the time they are Doug’s age… doubly so for a big guy, who would want to move up into heavier cars with more horsepower that reduce their size disadvantage.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 27, 2020 @ 12:21 am

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