This is an overview
of who is building karts, and their current status as we understand
it, as of the update date of the page. Please keep in mind that,
in the business world, things can change very quickly.
Please note, to our
knowledge, all karts are now manufactured in China. Some may be
assembled in the U. S. from parts manufactured in China. The
only related product that we know is still made in the U. S. is the
The "new" Manco.
Most, if not all, of their karts now come from
China. One of the few companies for whom parts are readily
available for current models. They bought Brister's Design &
Mfg., manufacturer of the Chuck Wagon UTV. The Chuck Wagon is
now called "Landmaster," and is still being manufactured by American
Sportworks in the former Brister's Design & Mfg. factory. Many
of the original Brister's employees are still there. Customer
service is located in the main office of American Sportworks.
According to what we've heard, this company was
formed, in part, by the "Godfrey" who was "Yerfdog." (See "Yerf-dog"
Brister's Design & Mfg. Co.
The Brister family started building karts in
1959. Brister's discontinued their go-kart
line in favor of their Chuck Wagon utility vehicle. Brister's was then
bought out by Manco, which was then bought out by American Sportworks, and is operated as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Carter is closed -- they burned in a fire on
July, 12, 2010. The fire was ruled an arson, and the insurance
company is allegedly refusing to pay. It is questionable if
they'll be back.
The company appears to be
managed well, and they stand behind their product. Parts have
become difficult to obtain. Previously,
they were "Twister."
Closed in Summer, 2010.
Closed in July, 2010.
One of the two Chinese-built karts we have
carried. The company provides a decent product and has a parts
inventory to maintain their karts.
Karts International bought out Thunder Karts,
USA Karts, Straight Line, and several other companies, then quit
producing them. They then "became" Nitrous Go-Karts, but
they are out of business, too.
Manco Products filed bankruptcy in the
early 2000's, re-emerged as Manco Powersports, and then they went out
of business. Some of Manco
Powersports' intellectual property was purchased by American Sportworks.
Murray filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in
Murray was purchased by the Briggs and Stratton Corporation
as of February 11, 2005. Briggs and Stratton has "determined
that it will not manufacture, sell, or distribute [go-karts],
will it provide any service parts,
coverage, or technical support for these products." Further, it has been
reported that Briggs & Stratton destroyed all replacement parts for
the Murray go-karts.
Therefore, parts are very limited for Murray karts.
Out of business. See "KINT".
of business. See "KINT".
See "Hammerhead Offroad."
business. See "KINT".
Bought out by Manco in the late 90's and discontinued.
A company formed by a man named "Godfrey."
("Yerfdog" is "Godfrey" spelled backwards.) They are out of
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