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It's is not always serious
stuff here at Tornado. Here is a movie trailer for the
summer premier of Red Line. An inside story of a set of
young mechanics struggle to tame a set of 1969 Pontiac
Firebirds. Click here
to see the trailer.
It is humorous that
rumors are part of the racing world. We can't complain too
much because we have used them to help tech do a better job
or to scare competitors into thinking tech was going to
check their components that aren't legal. At one race the
tech director came to us and said I think these guys are
fuel cheating but I can't really stop them. I said announce
at the drivers meeting that you'll be keeping samples from
qualifying and the final and that the NHRA fuel test would
be used on them and their DQ would be final if they blew
fuel. He said I don't have the NHRA fuel test kit. I said
they don't know that. All of a sudden four karts got much
slower. These karts were later caught at another race fuel
cheating and banned from the series.
In the last two weeks
we have heard the new rumor twice from two different people
that Tornado is not making karts. I can tell you that
whomever is making this up is probably not interested in
having to race against Tornado Karts. If you order a kart
you will get a kart. While we have model change over going
we are still producing existing karts. Our model change over
is almost complete. We moved to a bigger facility so it's
taking a bit longer than two years ago.
We are also bringing
in sand rails and sprint cars chassis to test and build jigs
for. Our new equipment is built to handle much larger tubing
and so we can and plan to make sprints and other race
chassis. Other additions of note are a $8,000 Sunnen
automated hone and tubing indexer to speed bending, higher
end Tig Welder and powder coat and annealing oven. We have a
Ph.D in welding helping us improve our process to bet the
best we can be. We aren't just throwing out cheap mild steel
chassis like the Italians do, we are building quality
American steal chassis for Americans interested in winning.
We are also shipping much more overseas and you'll start to
hear Italy whine more about us. In one country they have on
their race spec only Top Kart. Only one chassis can race
that country. Interesting.
My sons are returning
to karting and my daughter will be in one next year. Few
people are more focused on winning than and engineer Father
trying to help his children.
My youngest son was going
through CNC training and came up with a unique logo for the
karts. He was bored while they were helping some people
catch up and he was freelancing a bit. I looked over and
liked the look. We converted into several forms, used the
new laser cutter and cut it into several things to get a
feel for it. Watch the
video here.Here it is in red acrylic and black acrylic.You'll start to see it show up in stickers,
shirts and karts soon. It looks like a driver with a beenie
that is being swept backward by the speed of his kart.
Moving In To New Digs
We have been moving into
our new 6500 square foot space this weekend. It will take a
while to get it fully operational with paint booth and
welder upgrades but we are moving along. It's a great space
only a couple blocks away from where we live.
Luke & Blake Howard
Luke won the Kansas City Karting
Championship in his Tornado Tag 60 in his Rookie season.
Also he won the Sweetsprings Missouri
Season Championship in the Junior Sprint Car Class. His win
percentage was 68% of the feature races including 15 feature
Luke ran about 38 events this year in
karts and Sprint cars. He had a phenomenal season.
He also just won his first hare
scramble race in the 7-8 year olds for the Forward Motion
Hare Scramble series this was his second motorcycle race
Yesterday he got a 6th at the Missouri
State Motorcross race in Merwin Missouri, Midwest Extreme
Motorcross track. His first MX race ever. He raced in the
7-8 year old 50cc class. This was also a state qualifier
race. This is like Route 66 where the young kids travel the
midwest to qualify for the Loretta Lynn's national race ect.
Blake has one more kart race then we
will take him to the indoor kart track for a few dirt kart
races this winter and do a few more motorcycle races. Blake
has won two Kid Kart expert races this year as a 5 year
old. Blake is also racing in the 4-6 year old hare scramble
and MX races.
Congratulations to the Howard's.
Thanks for taking us to victory lane with you!
I Found Two!
Arguably the kid kart
engine with the most wins ever was an engine named Alabama.
It started off as an old style engine that I put together
for a family in the Midwest. Soon he was winning everything.
They switched it over to a new style for the Kid Kart
nationals and for a run at the R7 IKF title. The won that
series and most of the club races in the Midwest. They had a
great shot at the Kid Kart Nationals win but were beaten by
a better tire choice from our other driver, Buddy Lazier's
While cleaning up and
organizing I opened two boxes that were miss labeled after
our last shop move. In them were over 90 heads. It's always
fun to go through the head box and remember each wave of
designs that have come from Comer. The great news was that I
found two Alabama style heads that were not used. What makes
them different? Most heads are good for a year or two but
Alabama lasted our Midwest driver almost three years. It had
a much harder and thicker nic plating than all other heads.
The ports were in a great
position and they must have been left in the plating tank
extra long. I have sent three other engines out with these
heads and they all got great responses. One from a
family racing in England in the Kid Kart class lead them to
many wins. He wrote back when moving up, "we had many
engines and engine builders but this was always our go to
engine for big races. It wasn't cheap but it was worth it!
Thank you for a great engine."
If you have a young son or
daughter that will be racing a while maybe you should invest
in these last remaining Alabama class engines. Why Alabama?
We name our engines by classes of port timing or revisions
made by Comer. We pick the name by the song that is playing
in the Dyno room when the engine shows it's power.
Sale Ends Monday October 1st!
Luke Howard Continues His
Luke Howard Continues His
Luke has won 5 of 5 on his
Tornado Cadet this season and 6 of 8 on his dirt car. Is he
going to be the next Cole Whit? It's hard to make the
transition from Kid Karts to Cadets but he's done it well
and is breaking records in the process. Practice, practice,
practice is his motto and his younger brother is coming
along nicely too. Keep an eye on this hot shoe if you are in
What A Bunch Of Junk
The importer has been out of
engines for months now. So some clients have purchased used
engines and sent them to us. I took apart a couple engines
that were from the top LA builder. The seals were ground
down to leak air, the rings never seated and they had
several other issues. These guys make a couple small illegal
changes and ship the engines out. They use cheap bearings
made in Turkey. I'm sure they'll do well at the west coast
club race that doesn't tech them well enough to get DQ'd.
They give out a trophy that looks a lot like a Duffy but it
can't be real anymore since the officials allowed oversized
jets when there were none.
I feel sorry for the racers
that purchase this stuff. I hope that tech officials will
continue to do air leak tests with WD40 or a pressurized
leak down test. Also look at the cranks real close and if
you really feel brave pull the emulsion tube. If all this
gives you a pitt in your stomach then hope and pray that
tech officials do their job and DQ so many of these engines
that they just can't stay in business.
Our international customers have had a great season on the
other side of the world. We appreciate that they want to
remain anonymous and don't run any kind of stick on their
engines. After a slow start for the first few weeks when
they didn't trust the engines and fully break them in they
had a change of heart and started to run them fully. Now
they are performing superbly and they are leading the pack.
Our How To Kid
Still the best value in Kid
Kart racing. Ten years of racing knowledge, tens of regional
wins over ten national championships. All that know how in
three DVD's with over three hours of
instruction. For people starting out it is a basic starting
line to start your racing program. It gets you away from
myths and right to what works. For most people they gain
several seconds a lap right away if they are just starting
out. Give them a try or purchase them as a gift for your
favorite wrenching parent or grandparent. Click on the How
To Videos and take a look. Send in a money order or pay via
credit cardand we'll get some knowledge out to you in a week.
Practice makes perfect but knowledge wins races.
Luke Howard Sprinting Forward
The Midwest hot shoe will drive anything anytime anywhere.
He's had a very successful year so far. Technical issues
have slowed him down but only after the race. Here is a look
at his new ride. His success on the track has gotten him a
great deal on the next level car. Will he be the next Cole
Whit? You never know. He is still young and has two more
chances to win the big Midwest race in St. Louis for the Kid
Here is a picture of the new car. Thanks for the nice
sticker on the sprint car! We enjoy the chance to give great
drivers like Luke a good solid start in racing. What they
will do as they go up the ladder is up to them, their hard
work and the racing gods.
Trever said to me I know you're not into sprints but I
wanted you to see what we've got. What he didn't know is
that I love sprints. I traveled with the World of Outlaws
for half a season and it is my favorite form of racing. Good
Ayrton Ori Wins
Ayton's crew chief has to
tune for two drivers. I know the pain, at one time I tuned
for my three sons in kid karts and my own Yamaha. It's gets
hard. A crew chief error mounting the tie rod back up
almost cost the win but Ayrton drove through the issue and
the Tornado still won with the ackermann steering off one
Ayrton now leads the series
in Florida and is starting to get the attention of other
teams. Where does this Tornado get all it's speed? In the
corners is the answer by the video. The answer to why is
because it was designed to be fast in the corners. Watch the
race here www.youtube.com/watch?v=azqBP5HSKAM
Used vs New Karts
Coast to coast the economy
is tough. Many people purchased used karts this year and
last. It is okay for us because we don't live off of the
karting business income. This business is a hobby and
passion for our family. Our Chromoly tubing is good for
several years. People are giving up the advantages of the
new adjustability by using an older Tornado but it seems to
be enough from East to West Coast as Tornado karts won the
We will unveil new parts
for the karts in June as we roll out the 2012 final version
that will make people say wow once again. The engineering
was done two years ago but we didn't want to roll out too
many new things at once. No need to let people copy all the
good stuff. Folks will be surprised when they see the
results on the mychron and at the track.
So if you are just starting
out a used kart is fine. They Italian mild steel karts are
harder for the driver because they need to guess at where
the apex will be. Chromoly karts turn in with a snap and the
drivers can just aim at the apex and the kart will be there
for them. That is why Tornado drivers end up being top
drivers across the country. It is really fairly hard to
drive the sloppy mild steel karts after the first three
months or so. My sons did, that is what we started with ten
years ago and that is why we switch to making our own karts
and why we stick with Chromoly.
It's not cheap to invest in
one of our karts but if you are serious about giving your
driver a good start in karting a Tornado will build his or
her confidence faster than any other kart on the market.
Leads The Field At Route 66
Luke Howard is our Tornado
Factory driver in the Midwest and he's off to a great start
in the first regional race. He had a great year last
year, but wants to step his program up a notch. He'll have
his work cut out for him as the Allison's, Drakes and Wests
are not going to settle for second best.
A talented group of drivers
took to Springfield's track with high hopes for the season
ahead. Preparation was on the side of the Howards. Endless
fall and winter practices had them ready to go.
Several Tornados were in the field but all things came
together for Luke as he finished 22 seconds ahead of the
field. Talan Drake took second followed by Kyle West and
former Tornado Factory Driver Kaleb Allison's younger
brother Tyler Allison.
The drivers will meet up
again in Norway Illinois in May at the Concept Haulers
Raceway. Luke's goal is clear that he wants a clean shot at
the Kid Kart Nationals this summer. Thanks for taking us to
victory lane with you Luke. A new shirt and hat are on the
way to you this week.
Quotes This Week
Almost every week we get calls or letters
from around the world telling us that our hard work and
research is getting them results. What were mid pack running
teams are now winning and challenging for the championships.
Ten years of racing experience and attention to detail goes
into our engines, Tornado Karts and instructional videos. An
investment in your son or daughter's future is always the
right thing unless you are just playing around. If you play
to win then you have come to the right place.
"Your Stealth carburetors got us right to the front row, thank you.
They were much faster than what we had been running" South America
"Your black head engine is a screamer,
its our best engine and we only bring it out when we need
"Your videos helped us get to the front of the pack of
drivers, thank you so much!" South Africa Kid Kart Racer
"The engine is so much stronger now with the top end
rebuild, you really know how to make these little C50's
work. I don't know why we waited so long" North America
"She has won 7 of the last 9 races and
she only lost to a different type of engine that is really
built for cadet classes that they restrict down for our
class. The Tornado chassis simply handles so much better
than the other Italian karts." East Coast
Hudspeth Wins IKF R7
Tanner Hudspeth comes from racing roots and it showed on
Sunday when he came from the back to win the final R7 race
of the season. He was running a Tornado at Calspeed, a
particularly slippery track that Tornado's have always had a
slight advantage. Coming in second was Hudson Morrow running
another set up with a Velociraptor mount. Sounds like it is
up in the air as to whom won the series but Hudson did his
There are many great drivers in R7 but the series has left
many shops and racers with a bad taste in their mouth. Maybe
the news that Gatorz will join forces this season will allow
a few of us to return. I'm even thinking of taking four
drivers to the series, once we see how tech will be handled.
We have ignored the series for two years for differences on
how to tech.
Thanks for the pictures sent to me of Hudson Morrow on his
Velociraptor 2011 Tornado. I believe 2011 will be the year
of the chassis as more teams figure out all the options we
have and how to best configure them. We have more
adjustability than any other kart and it helps when you run
a regional race program. You just can't afford to drop a
race. New for 2012 will be even more fine tuning options and
enhanced Velociraptor technology that we developed late this
summer. The testers will be working hard the next three
months and the new crop of Tornado Factory drivers will be
the lead testers. Sign ups start this week.
Polley Wraps Up
Alanmykael Polley wrapped up the Mid American Track
Challenge championship. Congratulations to all of Team
Polley on the effort to put and keep Alanmykael up front in
the clone class. This family has been racing for years and
really has a great time at the track. We are proud to have
them as part of the Tornado family of drivers.
Alanmykael’s was fast when we were there in April we ran a
48.4. This time when we went back to finish out the series
we ran a 47.1 so much much more faster. The kart handled
great we made no adjustments other then gearing and tire
pressures. In a few of the pictures you can see the right
front pick up off the ground as this is how the kart was to
handle and handle it did coming out of the corners like a
rocket. We not only won our featured event The Clone Rookie
Class but we also won the Series for that Class and he was
Crowned Class Champion of Clone Rookies.
Alanmykael is a Tornado Factory driver and driver of the
month for September. Thanks for taking us to victory lane
with you. Videos of team Polley racing can be seen at
Over the years we have been
blessed to win over 50% of the national races and 60% of the
regional titles in the starter class. It wasn't always our
engine and our Tornado chassis but many times we had a part
in the win with one or both. Sometimes people switched from
our engines because they were given free ones by someone
else trying to buy a name for themselves, but our training
and input helped put the team on a course for success.
We are working on a special
video for the teams that want to win big. Of course the
majority of kids would say they want to win big trophies. My
four did. When the boys all sat at a table with me and I
asked what are our goals for this coming race season they
said "we want to win"! The next questions was meant to help
define that better. I asked, win a club race, win a club
championship, a regional championship, a national
championship? Of course they picked the hardest one for me
and them in choice E, all of the above.
When I told them how hard
that would be on me, their family and them... they told me
not to worry, they would do their part and drive. When I
explained such a goal would be much more work than soccer
practice or baseball practice. "It's ok, we are ready!" A
great proud Dad answer but also a very big time and monetary
commitment. So we wrote down together what we thought it
would take in the amount of test days, practice days,
practice races and long distance travel. They quickly agreed
to the tasks and for the most part did the work. We were
fortunate in that the track in Davis was only 2 miles from
our house. On a cool clear day you could hear the shifters
In our upcoming video, How
To Win Big Races, we will cover some of the secrets of
winning teams of the past and what we feel your goals list
should include. After having created an Inc 500 company with
a few hundred software programmers you get accustomed to
making a plan because software people, bless their hearts,
can be like herding cats. Here are some basic steps to think
a goal and work backwards from that date. Great teams that
have the best shot have been in planning for over a year.
Good teams have a 7 month plan and happy go lucky teams say
I think we can get to that track at the end of the month and
have a chance to win.... Little do they know that will
require all the top great teams to crash or have mechanical
Engine locating, engine
testing, engine aging and engine rotation takes a great deal
of time, especially in the stock C50 and other classes where
the engines can vary greatly from the manufacturer. Add to
that driver training, chassis testing as well as crew chief
training and this gets very difficult fast. A high end bond
trader once said to me, I thought my world was really tough
until we decided to go kid kart racing. The pressure is so
much greater in racing. So much to learn and so little time.
One of the benefits that we offer is that we have done this
so many times that it's not new to us. Few single car NASCAR
teams ever do well because they don't have the data sharing
to bracket settings and get to the final answer fast enough
to let the driver learn the track.
another tip is to get with a team, a club team, a local kart
shop team, a national team like ours or some group that you
can work together with all season long. That's why so many
people sign up to be selected for our Tornado Factory Driver
teams. September is when we start taking applications. Not
everyone gets in but we work hard to get Dads, Moms, Uncles
and Grandfathers trained early. Then we work on the chassis
and engine programs. When the time comes for the big one
you've got to be ready for adversity. Weeks before key races
engines have a tendency to blow or break because we are
putting them on the edge to get them ready to sing. Ring
strategy... that could be three chapters in itself. Let's
save that for another day.
should be a start for some of you hard researching teams. I
can tell you that with the economy there were only a few,
less than you can count on one hand, well prepared great
teams last year. I can also tell you that more than five
teams are already well on their way for next year. They
don't have Cadetitis (that almost incurable mania to move up
to a much more powerful and competitive class) and they had
their plan to win a national before this years races were
run. Anyone can win. You all have a chance. It isn't about
whom has the most money. This year's winner is a Refer
mechanic, two years ago, a policeman, the year before that a
Indy 500 Champ (nice motor home, better than average budget)
the year before that restaurant owner. One little girl that
won more regionals than any boy had the smallest budget I've
seen in racing but one very hard working and educated
Father. So it's all up to you, start planning. Build your
own kart from scratch and do it all yourself or hook up with
a top team and get proven equipment that passes tech and get
seat time for your driver. Good luck, see you at the races.
and Zach Preiser on the walk back
Many Try But Only A Few
Get This Feeling When Its Over
P.S. What happened to our
goals? One national title (third for the little one), one
regional title and second/third in the club. You just can't
always win them all... But it is so much fun trying.
Some people really have a
hard time being second or third. For those that have worked
in the tech shed, we know that it is often second and third
that are cheating, not first. First place often goes to the
team that did the homework, tested, researched, practiced
and then tested again to be sure. They make it look like it
is illegal. Some people think it is okay to modify port
timing, cut cases and such to catch up with those running up
front. They think splitting hairs in tech isn't fair.
What the top engine
builders know is that often it is just a hair difference to
get an engine from third to first. In the stock engine world
like the C50 or Gazelle it often comes down to sorting
through factory parts to find the one that fits just right,
has the right blow down, has the right wall clearance. We
have to hit the basics right on the money. At many races we
stay safe a thou or two because some tech directors may not
have good equipment but at big races with national level
tech guys we can reset to be right on the line.
Some people that build
engines gamble on cc's or timing hoping the tech guy will
give it to them but we like to keep it legal and know for
sure the win is ours, legally. So when we quote our win
record on the right we quote the name of the driver and when
as well as where the win happened. One thing is for sure we
didn't over inflate the win, we didn't cheat to win and we
did do our research. Our wins are not inflated, they
were pumped up by hard working honest teams along with our
own team of engineers, onsite and contracted expertise. When
you work with us we may be slow but we put out great
equipment that you too can win with.
Luke Howard Wins SKUSA
Luke has been on a tear this year finishing on the podium in
a large percentage of the races locally and regionally. He
had a great chance at second at KKN restricted but didn't
take the right steps in the tech shed. There are many
learning experiences in karting and they'll be back next
year, more ready to take another shot at KKN. Luke races
dirt and asphalt and has become a force to be reckoned with
at each race he goes to.
Congratulations Luke, thanks for taking us to Victory Lane
with you. The Red Bull bullet looks fast. Thanks for the
What Do We Think
That Trophy Is Taller Than Zach!
Way to go Zach and Jerry
Preiser, Sam and Kevin Paley for giving the Tornado brand a
1,2 finish. We were very happy to regain the title with Zach
driving and Jerry tuning. Sam Paley (pictured below) gave a
great run and his Tornado engine was screaming but in the
end Zach edged him out for the win. Zach is a Tornado
Factory driver and had the Tornado Kart and engine working
well to get to the front. He gambled in the week prior and
it paid off.
We had a very tight engine
because it was apart only days before the race. Zach had put
in 9 of 10 days of practice and break in for us in the days
prior to the race. But as with some other champions of the
past in Leatherberry and Lazier their engines were apart
only days before the race too. There is a technique in
getting to the front in big races that few know and few will
Tech played a significant
part in the race again this year. It seems as if after last
years failure of those that over ruled tech, they were
determined to tech heavier and better. Engines that were
modified heavily by machinist were caught and sent back
early in the race weekend. The leader of the final race took
a DQ for 5 thou off on port timing handing the win to Zach.
You can miss by a thou but no one will give you 5 thousands
that's just too big of an advantage and has to be
intentional on a professional builders part.
Zach had taken the pole,
won his heat race, won the preheat and in essence won the
final but didn't get to put his hands up with a victory
celebration because he thought he was second. We took a
gamble on new technology that we had invented in the months
prior that came in late. It was installed only a week before
the race and Jerry had to be creative in conditioning the
loaner engine for race day.
If you only knew everything
we went through in the days prior to the race to get the
very latest stuff ready to go. Let's just say that included
some creative engineer and a persistent Dad with the guts to
take the rides of his life.
Someone at the race said that almost 30% of the field was on
a Tornado Kart or had a Tornado engine. We don't really know
who has our old equipment but we think we had at least 3 of
the top 5 racers in Unrestricted. We are sorry we couldn't
be part of the race this year. It's good to see a three year
old chassis win the race and it goes to show you that our
Tornado's Chromoly lasts. Jerry will be the rare owner that
probably makes money on his engine and chassis purchase as
many people are vying for his equipment.
I do predict next years race will be won by a 2010 or 2011
or newer Tornado chassis. The technology advantage is just
too good with up and down as well as length adjustability.
Our new mount and clutch safety cover were not run in this
race yet we still achieved almost 370 head temps all inside
the rules. While the system and process is not known to the
public it does work and we appreciate Zach and Jerry putting
their trust in us as Factory Drivers do. Thanks for taking
us to Victory Lane with you in the Show Me state. Thanks to
everyone that worked so hard to put the race together for
Man That's A Good Feeling After Clearing Tech
Arndt Takes Lead in SWRC Series
Ethan has been steadily
progressing and with a solid performance at the last SWRC
race he's taken the points lead in the series.
Happy - Two IKF R7
Hudson Morrow wrapped up
the IKF R7 Saturday and Sunday Titles this weekend at
Calspeed running the 2011 Tornado Velociraptor Edition and
set fast time on the track. The Saturday and Sunday series
were combined for the last race as the series fell on hard
times. Hudson set fast time in the final by .7 seconds and
did what he had to do to win the title. Just like Braden did
a few years back, he didn't need to win the race to win the
title he just had to place close enough to a few of the
competitors. He placed second comfortably after leading the
Preston Andersen was second
in the qualifying but had troubles in the heat race as
an accident put him back and finished a lap down even though
he was running as fast as the winner of the heat. In the
final he made it from the back row to the podium finishing
in fifth. Dezel West also had a great weekend finishing up
third on the day. These Vegas boys do a great job with as
little track testing time as they have. If Vegas could get
it's own track where they could practice everyday they'd
really by tough to beat. The cement makes them really light
on the wheel and is a wonderful training ground. The World
Championships will be there in August. www.jrkartingwc.com
Ethan Arndt Breaks
Record At SWRC
Ethan's crew chief committed
one of the biggest violations of the winning kid kart
parents rulebook, taking the head off on race weekend. He
wanted to be safe and easily legal on cc's so he checked the
engine over and set it up to be safe. We'd set it up very
tight on the last rebuild and it was too close for comfort.
The head removal held Ethan back on Saturday but the engine
came back in on Sunday and Ethan broke the track record by
half a second.
He didn't win but he was in
position to as he sat on the front row for the final. A
wreck took out half the field on the start but the race
director kept them running. Out here in California that
would have most likely been a restart of the entire field.
Ethan's getting the kart and engine dialed in and he'll be a
force to be reckoned with in coming races. We are confident
he'll be taking us to Victory lane with him soon. Ethan,
don't beat up good old Dad too much, he is really learning
this stuff fast and soon he won't be making those rookie
Crew chief training often
proceeds at the same rate as driver training but most of the
time drivers actually get ahead of their crew chiefs.
Drivers drive for a few hours while good crew chiefs are
often up late nights for days trying to figure out things to
go faster. Keeping these engines in the sweet spot isn't
Luke Howard Wins
One of our Tornado Factory
drivers has been on an early spring tear like a Kansas
twister. He's been tearing up the tracks in the Midwest. His
team is called Thunder and Lightning Racing, Luke is
Lightning and his younger brother Blake is Thunder. They won
the second race in a row at the PDC in Independence
Or Is It?
this from time to time. Your equipment is so expensive but
is it really? When we got into karting we had to purchase
three karts all at once for our four boys. The wifester said
that's $5400! Yes, that's true. Upfront it was but let's not
forget about the back end of the transaction, because unless
all three tangled down the straight and ruined every part of
those karts we were still going to sell them and get money
back. Remember to calculate the resale value, and also be
confident about the fact that Tornado karts have the very
best resale value in the business.
ask...? Because they are made of quality Chromoly tubing
that is super fast, light weight and last longer than all
the Frenchman chasing Lance Armstrong up the hills in
France. When people go to sell our karts they get back 50%
to 80% of the original investment. That's right our karts
are an investment. The limp noodles from Italia don't have a
good resale because the mild steel is spent after a year or
less and the kart's can't perform because they sag.
So let's do
the math together karting Mom's and Dads, kids you follow
along too... you can correct their mistakes and help them
justify the fast one for you! Say we get an Italian kart and
it's $500 cheaper. Yeah, you saved money on that first
exciting day you fell in love with karting...Then we add a
hollow axle, smaller brakes and all the other things the
Tornado comes with as standard, cha ching, the prices is
going up now. We are now about the same price. It's true,
you have a spare 9 pound solid axle from Italy but hey
unless your clubbing a huge catfish you caught what are you
ever going to do with it... you can't race it.. Now when you
finish up and move up a class you will be lucky to get $750
for that pasta special from overseas because it has sagged
and it never really did well all season or at the end of the
season. The Tornado on the other hand was winning the club
championship and the new crop of parents that did do their
research are clamoring to purchase the kart that won. The
Tornado goes for $1500 or more.
the math together now. What looked like a better deal with
the $500 less initial purchase really doesn't look so good
now. So if we invested $2500 and we got back only $750 we
have a loss of $1750 if we can even sell that kart locally,
chances are you'll need to ship it off to some unsuspecting
parent in a rural area without internet access. If you
invested a few dollars more in the Tornado, your mantle is
full of trophies, your memory of races won and contested
heavily is full and your DVD player will show a great couple
years. When you sell it for $1500 your total investment is
$1000. Over two years that's $41 a month for the Tornado but
$73 a month for the Top Italian mild steel kart.
wasn't room on the fireplace mantle for all of Cruz's
review in case they haven't moused over to the purchase
button yet. $41 a month for the Tornado is LESS than $73 a
month. So it's really expensive to buy the cheaper kart
isn't it? Did they mouse over yet? It's the buy it now
button on the chassis page. Ok, now help them understand 1st
or 2nd place is better than 7th or 10th place even though
those numbers are bigger. Being on the podium is much more
exciting than watching your friends climb on the podium
every weekend... Invest in the best and only cry once. Pick
up a new Tornado or used one today, you'll be glad you made
the correct investment for the future financially and for
your young driver.
We have had several good
notes about our new set of instructional videos for the kid
kart engine and chassis.
really learned a bunch in a short amount time, this helped
us to understand all the things we didn't know and wouldn't
have thought about. You guys have seen a lot and tested many
small things that all add up to a fast engine and kart."
Over the last seven years
we have had over a hundred nice notes from crew chiefs that
invested in our video series. It's several hours of tips,
tricks and things not to do that encompass thousands of
hours at the track.
In talking with someone
that had purchased the videos we learned that he'd been
running too lean. He'd been winning but was looking for a
little bit more. Now that he knows he's been running too
lean and ruined his ring he'll be much faster once he gets
the top end rebuilt.
Look at the
How To Videos Section in the upper
right of this page to see the videos.