Claudio Valiante purchased his first kart for son, Michael Valiante, 30 years ago, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The two raced at their local track, Westwood, where their weekend hobby quickly developed into a lifelong passion.
Claudio began importing karts, engines and spare parts from his home country Italy. Claudio and wife Beverley owned an European car repair shop that eventually transformed into a full service kart shop. By Michael's teen years, his older sister Claudia started karting and the entire family would be seen travelling across United States competing at all levels of karting. Michael's amazing raw talent was showcased as he took home prestigious titles. Throughout the years, Claudio's dream of building his own kart track grew stronger. The kart shop was now considered one of the largest in North America and it only made sense to make its flagshop location trackside. In 2009 he came across a pristine piece of land just south of the Sumas Abbotsford Border. It didn’t take long for Claudio to make his dream into reality.
Today Sumas International Motorsport Academy is one of the finest karting facilities in North America. Although the track is a labor of love, Claudio is full of pride from what he and his family have accomplished. The Valiantes hope to share their love of karting with both the Whatcom County community and their native Canadian friends.
Situated in the beautiful Pacific North West, the premier race track is close to Bellingham, Lynden, Birch Bay, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, White Rock, Langley and Vancouver. SIMA is surrounded by lush green grass which keeps the dust to a minimum. The track is made up of 17 technical corners which offer many opportunities to pass and re-pass. The track is 30 feet wide and 3955 ft. (0.75 miles) long. It features CIK style exit and apex curbing.
The track is designed to run in three different configurations, Full course, East course or West course. These layouts make it possible to entertain rental go karts, racing karts or schools all at the same time. SA world-class track must have the proper amenities, such as a scoring tower, member rentable garages, kart storage and an on site kart shop with professional technicians for any of your karting needs. SIMA also has first-rate facilities such as meeting rooms, café and washrooms.
IMUSA Kart Shop
IMUSA is situated on site at the SIMA karting facility. We offer a wide variety of products and services you may need such as: a fully stocked pro shop, kart storage, engine rebuilds, kart maintenance, race team programs, arrive and drive program, driver training and more. Our staff have more than 30 years of experience to make your karting day enjoyable, even if your kart happens and needs to be repaired.