HP Speed Shop's Annual Open House
Story by Bruce C. Walls
GEORGETOWN, DE-Several hundred Delmarva kart-racing enthusiasts visited HP Speed Shop in Georgetown, DE Saturday March 4th to celebrate the start of another racing season. HP Speed Shop co-owners Charles and Phyllis Hayes were both pleased with the number of racers who came to their annual open house. "It's been steady all day," Charlie Hayes described. According to his wife Phyllis, "It's been a very good day for us. The turnout was excellent. We're well pleased. It's a great way to start the new season."
During recent seasons HP Speed Shop team drivers have dominated both the World Karting Association (WKA) Delaware Dirt Divisional Series and the US 13 Kart Club Series in Delmar. In 2004 they swept 10 club classes and 7 Delaware Dirt Divisional Series classes. Last year, 2005, they recorded seven each in Club and Divisional. This year they are poised and ready for the challenge of a new season.
One reason HP Speed Shop racers do so well is because of the horsepower their son Chad builds. Recognized as one of Delmarva' top engine builders Chad has many years of experience to back that claim. He began racing as a Junior 1 advanced through ranks where he now races in the toughest classes. During that period Chad began building his own motors. His frequent visits to Victory Lane had the competition talking. Who builds his motors? Was the most asked question.
When they found out he built his own local racers began asking him to build theirs. Chad began building motors for everyone that asked. In addition to building engines Chad and his parents began selling parts and then karts and more and more accessories. For three years they operated out of another Georgetown location. When that location became too small they moved to their current 2,500 location on Route 9 near Gravel Hill.
According to Chad, "We're building more motors every year. We're still building mostly flatheads, but we are getting more and more Animal Motors. They are definitely the way of the future." Briggs & Stratton's Motorsports division introduced a new overhead valve-racing engine called the Animal. In the past few year's Animal engines have become more popular.
Engine builders, racers, crews and owners came to saved money on discounted merchandise or take a chance on a drawing. Kart owner Steve Hearn, of Greenwood, DE, bought his share of bargains. "I spent too much money here today," Hearn laughed. Hearn owns karts driven by his daughter Erika and Zachary Swayn.
Four customers left with door prizes. Given away were a helmet , sprocket guard, gear rack and a prep roller. In addition to building some of the fastest motors out there, they sell top brand names of karts, parts and accessories. Fill your need for speed at HP Speed Shop 302.856.7835.
March 18th US 13 Kart Club will hold a practice day. They open the season April 8th with a Delaware Dirt Divisional race. Club competition begins April 14th and will be held every Friday night except when the following Saturday is scheduled for a Delaware Dirt Divisional race. Divisional competition begins June 17th and continues monthly through September. Gates open at 5:00 pm for club races, 7:00 am for state races. Divisional racers transfer their divisional points to their official national standings.