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Brian Wilhelm
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<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Tim Blaney wrote:</div>
Sorry Brian, I have to disagree. When I was working for SKI, I remember sitting at the Las Vegas Karting Center interviewing one of the founders of the Stars of Tomorrow – which later became Stars of Karting. In extolling the virtues of the ICC he said you could be competive with them out of the box, run them on pump gas and you wouldn’t have to spend $5000 to get one. Sorry but each and every one of those selling points that people at the time bought hook, line and sinker turned out to be completely untrue at the national level. If you didn’t have a built ICC – and in the early days Leary, SwedeTech, Italian Motors and SRA were all building good motors for SKUSA/ Stars – you didn’t have a prayer. Because they were built, pump gas wasn’t an option. Because the builders needed to make a living you were paying $5,000 almost straight away. 

IMO, that makes the selling features a load of crap. You may interpret it differently.

At the national level, unless it’s an engine that you draw for and then put on your kart for that day, there is no way that’s not going to happen. Like I said, it’s the natural progression. The idea of ANY class that’s proposed as spec “out of the box, you can’t change anything”, is flawed. It simply turns into the most expensive class to run, every time.

When the ICC thing was just getting rolling, I was pretty surprised folks bought into it being “out of the box”…….