Sad news, I was just informed by Tab Bell that @alvinnunley passed away on the 29th of June 2021. He was 82 years old and was residing at an assisted living community in Texas near his sister. The nurse who discovered him said he was in his chair leaning over the keyboard at his computer working on his karting spreadsheet.
Al was passionate about karting and always ate, talked, and slept karting, sharing the knowledge he had gained over the last 62 years with anyone who was intelligent enough the listen. He was an innovator and produced many pipes and products that helped produce National Champions.
Many will remember Al’s tagline on the forums “If the data doesn’t support the theory, get a new theory”
I think many of us have traded data and theories (and verbally sparred) with Al over many years, back to the EKN forums. He could be a prickly guy but it was obvious he had a passion for the sport that was unrivaled. Very knowledgable and always eager to share his theories and data with anyone. I hope when I get to be that age, I am also still that passionate about karting.
Thankfully a lot of his knowledge and passion is forever displayed on these pages. I can remember going a round or two with him myself. Still, loads of respect for the guy. Rest in Peace and may your heaven be filled with 2-strokes!!
When I started in Karts 5 years ago Al was a source of information and shared his knowledge of Yamaha’s on Bob’s 4cycle forum. When I joined in here I was glad to see his name and his knowledgable points of view, even if it sometimes ruffled feathers. I have no doubt he had 2 stroke oil in his veins.
He’ll continue living here on the many forums he frequented. I can see him speaking to anyone who types in a karting question into Google; and then his threads will appear and his voice continues to be heard.