During 1956, Art (on the left in the background image) created the first kart in his home garage and began to test it himself, using a West Bend Company 2 stroke engine. The kart garnered much interest and soon there was an explosion of activity in the American karting scene.
The first kart manufacturer was an American company, aptly named Go Kart Manufacturing Co. The first Kart engine to enter the business was built by McCulloch and was named the MC-10. It was based on one of it's chainsaw engines - the Super 55A but minus the transmission and clutch assembly. The engine quickly became the front runner in the karting world and can be seen below, crudely attached to a early days kart chassis.