06.06.2013 - Karting industry loses a legend in Linda Emmick

CONCORD, N.C. – Enduro and sprint karting have lost a pioneer and legend in Linda Emmick.

Linda Emmick passed away Wednesday night shortly after being admitted to the hospital.  She was 69.

Linda and her husband, Gary Emmick, founded Emmick Enterprises in Sacramento, Calif., in the mid-1970s. Before building their own line of karts, the Emmicks were a leading Margay team on the west coast.

Emmick Enterprises grew to become one of the top American kart chassis manufacturers in the history of the sport. In the 1980s, Emmick was arguably the most popular kart in enduro-style karting, while their line of sprint chassis also produced a great amount of success.

After the passing of her husband, Gary, Linda forged ahead to lead Emmick Enterprises in the karting industry with her son, Ron. In addition to a being a successful businesswoman, Linda Emmick was also a leading official at many major kart events, including IKF Road Race Grand Nationals.

Gary Emmick was inducted into the WKA Hall of Fame in 1986.

WKA sends its thoughts, prayers and condolences to the entire Emmick family and those close to Linda. WKA will post arrangements when available.