WARRENSBURG - Jordan Hill, just 8 years old, loves her sparkly embroidered jeans, girl talk, dressing up, and shopping with mom - but most of all, the she loves the thrill of racing her own go-kart.
The daughter of Tim and Amie Hill of Meadowlark Lane, Jordan has been racing go-karts and winning trophies for her efforts since the tender age of six. Friday, she examined a centrifugal go-kart clutch her father was adjusting, listening to his explanation of how it worked.
"I think it's fun working with my dad," she said. "I like to win races, too."
Jordan's had plenty of success, garnering trophies for winning or placing in competition at Turkey Trot Raceway in Argyle against five boys about her age. Saturday, she took first place in her division.
Friday, Jordan recalled her early-career accomplishments, when she had just finished first grade.
"The worst thing about racing was getting dirt kicked up in my face," she said.
Apparently Jordan learned quickly that if you pass the competitors and are driving in the lead, you don't have to deal with eating competitors' dirt and exhaust.
"The first time I won, it was cool to find out I was the fastest," she said.
Tim Hill, who also races go-carts at Turkey Trot Raceway, observed that Jordan is proud of her wins.
"She likes to remind me that her trophies are bigger than mine," he said.
The fun for Jordan isn't exclusively behind the wheel - it's fixing up her black, pink and purple go-kart, learning how it works, and helping make repairs, Tim Hill said.
"Jordan enjoys cleaning and polishing her go-kart and she fills up her own tires," he said. "Then we go spend the day together racing and cheer each other on."
Hill said his daughter's classmates at Warrensburg Elementary didn't believe at first that she was racing in a real go-cart and winning competitions.
"Jordan had to bring in her trophies for them to believe her," he said. "They thought she was just talking about those little amusement park rides."