Empire karts was started by Bill and Sharon Barros in 1999. At that time, karting was much different. There weren’t many kart shops with inventory where you could walk in and purchase products. There were a few kart stores that did mail order catalog sales, and internet sales of kart products was just beginning. Empire Karts began as a sales and service operation with 1350 sq.ft. of showroom space and 2400 sq. ft. of shop space for repairs.
Today you can still walk in to Empire Karts and purchase parts, try on safety apparel, and drop off your kart for repairs. You may also order quality kart products from Empire Karts online or by phone or email. While there, say hello to our friendly staff:
Bill Barros – Owner and founder
Bill raced from 1986 until 1998 winning numerous club championships and serving the karting community as President of So-Cal Sprinters for 4 years and acting as a liaison between the So-Cal Sprinters and Tri-C Karters clubs. At Empire karts Bill has done engine building, race support, and taught classes on kart maintenance and setup including carb rebuilding and brake bleeding. He does design and development work on TDC machined products and attends many races as part of our race support team.
Sharon Barros - Co-owner and co-founder
Sharon works at the shop doing customer sales and service. On race days you can find her working in the Empire Karts parts trailer. She has been active in karting for many years serving on the boards of Tri-C Karters, So-Cal Sprinters, and as IKF governor for southern California.
Trinidad Aguilar – service technician
Trinidad (Triny) works in the Empire Karts shop doing repair work on all brands of race karts. He assembles karts and preps them for racing. He also packs orders for shipment. Triny is fluent in Spanish to help our customers who are more comfortable speaking Spanish.
Nathan Thibodeaux – Customer Service and Webmaster
Nathan does customer service filling orders, maintaining the website and offering technical help to Empire Kart’s customers. He has extensive karting expertise, having been involved in karting for many years as a racer and previously as an instructor at Moran Raceway.