Ray and Georgia went to a major chain store and bought go-karts for their children,
soon discovering they were of limited quality and parts were difficult
to obtain. They knew someone had to build a good
kart, so they searched for months for the best brands.
research they found heavy duty karts, but the closest dealer was almost
hours away. Insisting on quality and safety for their children, they
bought a dealership so they could get two go-karts for their children.
They sold well, and that was the origin of Reliable Go-Karts -- in
their garage. That was in 1988; within a few years, customers
hungry for quality go-karts purchased over 300 go-karts a year out of the garage
their home in Cedar Hill, Texas.
The volume was too much for a garage
operation, so they rented a building on Highway 67. After the
landlord sold the building, they purchased 14 acres just down the highway,
and built a new, modern facility designed to be a go-kart shop, with a
larger parts and service area.
The Cedar Hill showroom/warehouse opened in 1995.
They added new lines and became a distributor for go-karts for portions of
In 2007, Ray retired due to health, so they
moved to Waxahachie and converted to being an online seller of parts.
To serve the thousands who purchased karts from them, the public was welcome to shop for the
ultimate in quality parts for most yard karts, buggy-style go-karts, and Chuck Wagon utility vehicles in the
Waxahachie store through 2016. While the
still exists, the public store has closed.
2000 - Reliable Go-Karts was in the credits (twice) of a
major motion picture in which the leading actress won an Oscar.
2001 - Reliable Go-Karts provided two karts for a "race"
between a radio station announcer and an NHRA race car driver.
The race was held in the parking lot of a home supply store in north
2002 - Ray & Georgia were selected to appear on the
Dallas CBS affiliate's Metroplex Motors to discuss go-karts.
2004 - Reliable Go-Karts provided a mini-bike
for a radio announcer to ride live during a broadcast.
Aaron (left) is an accomplished technician, and once worked for a Waco
landscaping dealer. He was chosen to deliver some equipment to President
George W. Bush's home in Crawford. (He was disappointed he didn't get to
meet the president ... and both presidents were there.) He performs
watercraft and ATV repair. He has a collie, Levi, who understands more
English than most overseas phone support personnel.
Michelle (wedding dress)
is a 2003 graduate of Baylor University and has her own
piano studio. A professional musician, she
is often hired as a pianist, organist, or singer. She and her husband,
Kyle, have a son, daughter, and a dog.
Kyle (center, son-in-law) is a 2004 graduate of Baylor University and
is a financial consultant.