WKA's Pit Board - 04.19.2010 *** Karting pioneer Sam Triplett passes away from cancer 04.19.2010 - Well known to karters and racers from over his three decades involved in karting, Sam Triplett passed away on Sunday after a long battle with...
WKA's Pit Board - 04.19.2010
Karting pioneer Sam Triplett passes away from cancer
04.19.2010 - Well known to karters and racers from over his three decades involved in karting, Sam Triplett passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
Sam was inducted into the World Karting Association National Hall of Fame in 2003 for his efforts and contributions to karting in the Northeast. From the first race Sam and son Tommy entered at their local track in the early days, which Tommy won, the Tripletts quickly became more involved in the sport of karting.
Sam and Tommy competed in state and national events, winning many championships before purchasing a struggling, but winning chassis company in 1985. The Tripletts renamed it to become what is now today, Bandit Racing Chassis or simply Bandit Karts.
Sam started the WKA Virginia State Series and was heavily involved with sponsorship and support for the World Karting Association (WKA) for most of his career. Not content on just developing winning chassis and building fast engines, Sam also helped many karters on their racing efforts whether they raced with Bandit products or not. Many of those racers who were supported by Sam went on to become accomplished racers competing in the larger forms of the sport.
In 2004 Sam turned over the reins of Bandit Karts to son, Tommy, and his wife, Missy, affectively retiring from daily work to spend time with his 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Sam and his wife, Joan, have five biological children: Jerry, Karen, Ritchie, Miki and Tommy along with two stepchildren that Sam considered and raised as his own, Terry and Kenny.
Racers today who enjoy karting often forget what the pioneers of the sport like Sam Triplett have contributed with their many years of work and involvement. Each year we, the racers, lose more and more of these unique personalities like Sam, and although we continue to go racing each season, we must not forget that we couldn't do it at the level we all enjoy today if it weren't for people like Sam Triplett, who is still setting the pace for us all.
Sam Triplett, 1944 - 2010. He will be loved and missed dearly by us and everyone who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Boyce United Methodist Church, PO Box 233; BOYCE, VA 22620, or to the charity of your choice, in memory of Sammy Triplett.
Written by Missy Triplett