I'm sad to say we lost Guy Schneider this weekend.
99% of the Yamaha and Horstman Piston Valve races I ran, he was my engine builder, and from 1999-2004, he traveled to the races with Dad and I to tune our karts. He also joined our company in 2001 and stayed on until 2015.
Guy was truly magic behind the wheel. In 1995 alone, he won the WKA Grand Nationals in a Box Stock Yamaha class, and set the Badger Kart Club track records in Yamaha Lite, Yamaha Heavy, Briggs Lite and Briggs Heavy with one Coyote Free Roller chassis that still lives at KMPR.
Despite the fact he'd set a track record, he'd wheel his kart down to tech and leave it there until the end of the day- he wasn't going to race against his customers. He had a code of ethics like I've never seen before or since, much like his late father, Gary.
Guy was an amazing teacher. He was steadfast in his beliefs, and you could count on his advice without question.
He didn't go with the flow of the advice of the Euro kart manufacturers, and believed you could be quick with whatever setup you were comfortable with. We ran the 2002 WKA season with used rear tires, and he didn't question my thinking. When we won the Grand Nationals, there were tears of joy in his eyes.
I'm lost for words beyond that. Guy was an absolute gem, and the best tutor a kid like me could have getting into the sport.
My best to his family and countless friends.