Okay it’s not a unique kart outside of the colors, but I thought this was pretty cool.
After years away from the sport - my last kart race having been in 2006 - I was enticed (didn’t take a lot of convincing) to sign up for the Ignite Dash at Daytona. It was a perfect way for me to make that return to karting that I’ve been contemplating for a while and reunite with Margay, a manufacturer that I’ve had a great memories with. In the late 90s I ran a Margay Brava 1 on the west coast and to date I still think that it was my favorite kart. Just perfect out of the box.
As I still had my Margay suit from that era - and somehow it still fit - I decided to go “retro”. I sent a picture of the suit over to Keith Freber at Margay, he loved the idea but I more or less thought it would begin and end with the suit colors. Nope! What I saw when I showed up in Daytona blew me away, the team at Margay absolutely took things to the next level! A full Brava 1 throwback decal kit on the kart to match the suit with a chassis that was painted Brava 1 purple in lieu of the typical black paint of the Ignite K3. It’s beautiful, truly a perfect throwback livery!
By the way, this was my first race in a Briggs 206 and what a great engine package for some awesome, close racing. And the Ignite Dash was a total blast, the guys at Margay did a killer job through and through and it was such a great, deep field that they assembled for this race. And it felt damn good to be behind the wheel again! Also met some great people, really reminded me why I love karting so much. Great community!