CONCORD, N.C. – Two gentlemen who played pivotal roles in the formation and growth of the World Karting Association have passed away.
Glenn Kenworthy of Hickory, N.C., passed away May 6 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Kenworthy, 72, was the owner of longtime WKA supporter Piedmont Kart Shop with his wife, Sherry. The shop built numerous national Speedway Dirt and Gold Cup winning engines.
Kenworthy was a current WKA member (No. 2427). He served as a Karting Industry Counsel (KIC) liaison to the WKA Board of Directors. Kenworthy also is a member of the WKA North Carolina Dirt Hall of Fame.
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WKA sends its condolensces to the Kenworthy family and the organization extends its appreciation and gratitude to Glenn’s longtime commitment to the sport of karting.
The following article was submitted to WKA by Ohio Valley Kart Club board member Jean Stafford.
LIFETIME OVKA MEMBER CARLSON W. BOGAN PASSES
“Last week Carlson W. Bogan went home to the Lord. Carlson, also known as just “Bogan”, was a key figure in kart racing in the Ohio Valley area. A former kart shop owner of 741 Karting in Miamisburg, Ohio in the 1960’s, Bogan was instrumental in the formation of the Ohio Valley Karting Association (OVKA) in 1964.
In 1969, he served as Technical Inspector for the IKF Nationals held at G & J Kartway in Camden, Ohio. This event numbered over 700 entrants from all over the United States. He also served in 1971 with more than 700 entries once again.
Bogan was instrumental in the formation of The World Karting Association, or WKA, now based in Concord, North Carolina. He served as a technical consultant for them in their formative years. Bogan was a Lifetime Member of the Ohio Valley Karting Association and in July 2012 became an OVKA Hall of Fame recipient. Until his death, he served as Technical Director for the TaG and Shifter classes at OVKA and served on the Rules Committee.
Carlson also took on new responsibility with OVKA as Tech Director for new classes as needed. He was involved in the association until his health prevented his active participation, yet he continued to offer input on technical issues and matters of fairness that arose.
Bogan, or as I called him C.B., was a storehouse of karting knowledge and two-cycle engine performance. He would offer to help anyone at the track if he saw they might need assistance. He never pushed his help on anyone, but many times I saw him increase the performance of some shifter driver who didn’t realize he was in trouble but C.B. saw a problem that needed fixing.
One time in particular, a Shifter driver was stalling badly as he exited a turn. C.B. saw this as a problem at the start. If the engine stalled at the start, the karter could be run over from behind and possibly injured. C.B. offered to fix this problem and the individual became very competitive, instantly. That was Carlson.
Carlson was also known in the American Power Boat Association (APBA), as well as the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) where he raced and prepared engines for the competitors in each of these associations.
Deepest sympathy is extended to Carlson’s wife and family. He will be missed by all karters, AMA and APBA members who knew him. Those who used or raced against his engines know they lost a skilled and knowledgeable individual. And we have lost a very good friend.”
- Jean Stafford