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Kart  Manufacturers


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 Landmaster UTV.


American Landmaster**The "new" Manco, previously American Sportworks.  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."


Baja MotorsportsAccording to what we've heard, this company was formed, in part, by the "Godfrey" who was "Yerfdog."  (See "Yerf-dog" below.)


Brister's Design & Mfg. Co. Inc.**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.


Carter Brothers*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's doubtful they'll be back.


Hammerhead OffroadPurchased by Polaris.  Parts have become difficult to obtain.  Previously, they were "Twister."


Kartco*Closed in Summer, 2010.


Ken-bar* Closed in July, 2010.


Kinroad*One of the two Chinese-built karts we have carried.  Parts have become difficult to obtain.


KINTKarts 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*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, which is now American Landmaster.


MurrayMurray filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December, 2004.  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], nor will it provide any service parts, warranty 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.


Nitrous Go-Karts Out of business.  See "KINT".


Thunder Karts*Out of business.  See "KINT".


Twister*See "Hammerhead Offroad."


USA KartsOut of business.  See "KINT".


Yellow Jacket* Bought out by Manco in the late 90's and discontinued.


Yerf-DogA company formed by a man named "Godfrey."  ("Yerfdog" is "Godfrey" spelled backwards.)  They are out of business.



* indicates we are (or were, if they are out of business) an authorized dealer for this brand.

** indicates we are an authorized dealer for parts only for this brand.


Names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies. This page represents facts as we understand them, plus our opinions.



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