This is one that will be missed dearly!!!!!! Rest in peace David!!!
As for welding, he was one of the tops!!! He welded things no one else wanted to even attempt.
He was one of those who would experiment and try anything. I remember just a couple of years ago he brought a 4 engine (controls), 2 on each side on a laydown kart to Afton to test for his trip to the salt flats he had plans for. Only issue was that he found out before making the trip that it was not what the salt flats deemed as a legal entry to try and set a land speed record.
After I made the original post I remembered something about David I wanted to share. I will never forget when he brought his girlfriend, who happened to be a stripper, to Garnett and on Saturday night, she did! Jamie McMurray was just barely a teen at the time and they told him he couldn’t stay for the show. He told them “My Dad is an IKF Director, and if you don’t let me watch, there will be trouble!” They let him stay.
And of course, his last “motorhome” had a pole ready for the next stripper.
Keep on kartin'. llb
So very sorry to hear the news. (I know I’m getting old when I see the sport losing my contemporaries.) David and I go way back.
I’m so glad I had the chance to visit with him at Topeka last fall. Soon after that race I received an email from Richard Peck (Hornet Karts) saying David had been hospitalized in very serious condition. However, in November he told me David was doing better.
RIP my good friend. Our sport has lost yet another great supporter and someone who truly understood and lived in the spirit of the karting’s original purpose.
Per David’s daughter Amber Sarsycki Simmons: Service will be held at Hibbs Funeral Home Saturday March 21st at 2 pm. 2190 Harper St Choctaw, OK. Afterwards everyone is invited to Dad’s for a get together in the back of the property (20884 SE 29th, Harrah, OK). Please tell anyone that may want to come celebrate Dad’s life with me.
Keep on kartin'. llb
David was so much fun to race with through all the years. He had the best equipped tool box with enough stuff to fix any thing. I have used his tools many a time too help fix some ones Kart haulers. R.I.P. Brother. We all miss You.