BURTON MAGNUM KART
Invader's first cousin
Rich Burton, arguably one of the best engine builders/tuners of the 60's & 70's. Rich was the engine man for Manteca Motor Sales (MMS) from the late 60's to early 70's. Not too long after being on as one of the developers of the first Invader karts Rich left MMS to build his own chassis line, the Magnum. The kart got its name through a contest in which the wife of Al Nunley of Mayko Products won. Mayko Products also supplied fuel tanks for the Magnum kart. The Burton Magnum kart shares the basic chassis design of the early Invaders. In fact, most people that come across a Magnum misidentify it as an Invader. The items to look for that are different from the Invader are the spindles, rear bearing hangers, steering hoop, and the front bumper attaches to the lower part of spindle. Magnum karts developed a very good reputation as a great handling kart and were driven by Lynn Haddock and many other top drivers of the day. Information on the Magnum is limited but here's some advertising and magazine articles I have been able to find on the Magnum Kart. According to the information I have found, Magnum's were produced from 1977 to 1980.