IMO, until the focus returns to growing karting instead of how to make money off of karting, the dilemma will continue. In many ways, I see it as a microcosm of the short-term-profit focus of business — instead of offering a superior product and focusing on customer satisfaction, businesses go for the maximum short-term shareholder benefit — to the detriment of the product. Never forget — it’s the product that attracts people and sells — neglect it and die.
The struggling American consumer wants, imo, something that:
1) can be raced virtually anywhere
2) is affordable
3) doesn’t take all week to prepare
4) has rules and configuration stability
Perhaps that explains why the KT-100 is surviving ( I wouldn’t call it thriving…) while everything else but the LO206 (which fits most of the above criteria too) is fading…
A domestic 2-cycle offering would be nice — a la Copperhead 820 — but the lure of exotic Italian machinery and the hollow promise of untold riches for importing them has too much hold for any real domestic success, I think. The closest would be Riley Will’s BRC150, which would be an awesome Pro class…as would the NordAm.
I’m curious to see what the WKA fallout will be….a strong, sport-driven leader could help fix things, whereas more importer and manufacturer pandering will give us a deeper quagmire. Time will tell.