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Thomas Barth
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<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”>As the debate goes on it might be a good idea to offer a viewpoint based on experience from attending the 2011 SKUSA Super Nats. This event was staged in the parking lot of the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas NV. Because of the purse, entrants came from all corners of the earth. I was able to attend and tried to absorb as much karting as I could. If you want to know what international karting is like this is the place to be.</span></span></span></p>
 
<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”>The event is where the men are separated from the boys in the sense that the best drivers, teams and equipment show up to compete for the big bucks.</span></span></span></p>
 
<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”>Naturally the first order of the day is to do a thorough inspection of the pits. The racing hardware is on display if you can worm <span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”> </span>your way into the team tents or just absorb what is in the open for anyone to see.</span></span></span></p>
 
<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”>KZ’s and Hondas share the same space. You can see the Honda contingent and the various brands of KZ karts. A quick visual comparison of the KZ shifter kart to the Honda shifter kart leaves the viewer with a sense that the Honda might be out of place here, the elephant trunk pipe, big black electrical box with cables, wires and the ’plumbers nightmare ‘ pump around <span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”> </span>fuel system…..the KZ shifter kart seems somewhat demure next to the big bad dirt bike engine kart. </span></span></span></p>
 
<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”>Next is practice. If you keep track of times you soon realize that there are two distinct classes. The KZ’ sound is ‘sweet’, mini F1’s.<span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”>  </span>Honda … well, it sounds like a Honda. You are also left to wonder why there were no Kawasaki, Suzuki, or Yamaha engines.</span></span></span></p>
 
<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”>When the heats and finals are over you’re left with a sense of awe for the KZ drivers, teams and their equipment. Honda…at best is just also ran. If it wasn’t for the KZ, there would be no SKUSA Super Nat.</span></span></span></p>
 
<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”>I did meet the Savard family (Tec Sav) at Vegas and they were very generous with technical info for KZ engine. I believe they are now working with the new LKE engine. </span></span></span></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”>If the Lord is willin’ and the creek don’t rise I’ll be there this November.</span></span></span></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”>Your Faithful Servant</span></span></span></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”>tdb/GFK</p>