Who We Are
Mike and Kelley Engstrom started their kart racing business the first of 1996 after months of planning. Starting out of their garage and heading to the local race track with a fully equipped parts trailer every weekend, they soon established their first home on Handley Ederville in Ft Worth, Tx.
KAM Karting Supply was entirely Sprint Kart sales and service and our home track was North Texas Kartway where the Engstroms have been members since 1992. Mike served as a Board of Director for over 9 years and Kelley was Newsletter/Communications Chair and Membership Chair for a number of years each.
Soon KAM Karting Supply secured the US Importer Distributorship of the VMT Chassis line out of Italy, and had 8 Kart Dealers throughout the America.
In late 2001, while scouting out locations to purchase for a new shop/store front location the family took a wrong turn on Hwy 51 and ended up driving by our current location. There was a little yard for-sale sign barely visible because of the overgrown grass…..but it was fate – or destiny. Actually it was a total Blessing!
Initially the extra land was going to be used to build a small asphalt track so potential customers could test drive our VMT karts and tuning purposes. At this time, KAM was the North Texas Rotax Max Service Center and we owned a Rotax Max Challenge Series. But the economy turned and there was no longer a market for $4k kart motors and brand new Sprint Kart chassis. That and the bids for building an asphalt kart track were more than the entire property cost. *Another Blessing*
That’s when Mike looked to his first motorsports love – Dirt Racing. He borrowed a blade from a construction site down the street and KAM Kartway was born. We became a QRC Kart dealer in 2002 and started racing at other tracks to meet our niche market. Ron Clark at Texoma Motor Speedway was incredible! Instead of viewing us as the dreaded “competition”, he took us under his wing and mentored us for at least the first couple of years. (Heck, he’s still giving us advice to this day!)
With our experience running a major national series, working races at NTK and 6 years in the kart racing business it didn’t take long to carve out our place on map in the world of Dirt Karting. The economy may have put a dent in asphalt karting but the dirt racers where die hard competitors, and after a year our car count was higher than the average sprint kart race programs.
We had a lot of help building our track and the facilities. Lots of trees to be removed, spectator stands to build, a catch fence to put up and safety barriers to put in place. Special thanks to our pioneering customers who gave a lot to KAM in the beginning: Mike Melton, Phil Cox, Phillip & Garron Brimmer, Mark Sorenson, Wesley Forman, and several who I know I’m forgetting but will add when they email me.
Next year will be KAM Kartway’s 10 Year Anniversary! There are some exciting events in the planning stages and we can’t wait to be around for another 10 years. Racing is our passion and its part of our family foundation. We are so honored to be able to serve you and your racing passion. The friendships that we’ve built over the years and the kids we got to see grow up in the sport has been so meaningful.