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Carroll Ford

Hi, and welcome to the EC Distributing web-site. I am Carroll Ford. Let me tell you about us - what we do and how we can help you move at the speed of light by using our products and services. I'm Carroll Ford the owner and creator of horsepower. From the time my Dad gave me Hot Wheels when I was five. I was hooked on racing. I switched from burning up the street in front of our house to attacking the go-kart track at the age of 12. I have been racing and building speed-mobiles ever since.

My interest in building karts was inspired by a friend, a master tool and die maker, who helped put together my first go-kart. That was one lucky go-kart. I collected enough trophies to fill a room. Two years later with the aid of a Margay kart and a Yamaha KT-100 engine, I entered the adult class. I make a lot of waves because I was desperate to beat drivers twice my age. Racing, winning and hanging around E.C. Birt's local shop, bugging him and his employees with thousands of questions, was my whole life. EC finally had enough. He looked at me on day and said: "I am not going to educate you for free. If you want me to answer your questions you're going to have to help us put together the darts here in the shop." That's how I cut my teeth on how to build engines and fabricate and machine parts. I learned how to use a flow bench on a regular basis, helping EC record data for work racer motors and motorcycles.

1985 was my banner year. I not only furthered my racing career but I met the girl who changed my life. There I was at the local track watching a girl win a race. I couldn't believe it. I introduced myself to her at the finish line and fell in love the instant she took off her helmet. She was and is a knockout. She may have been my competitor on the track but she became my partner in 1987. We've been married over 15 years and have three kids - two boys and a girl - all up and coming racers themselves.

Now that I was a husband and father, my dad suggested that maybe it was time to move from karting to the big time- NASCAR. We raced in the late model sportsman's class at Nashville Speedway. I was a quick study when it came to the "how to" of engine development and chassis design. Unfortunately I wasn't as speedy, and overcoming the incredible weight difference between a 300 lb. kart and a race car I felt like I was racing a Lincoln Continental at 120mph. I may not have reached the pinnacle in racing as a driver but I never lost my love of constructing the innards of karts and race cars.

During my late model days, I conceived the idea for an air filter housing which improved horsepower by 15 hp. It was then, I started a company called Flow Control. It was soon a huge success, producing 20 different models and I even made a proto type for a famous NASCAR team. I lost my lucky star when NASCAR outlawed all air filters being used by NASCAR sanction racing. But, I was young and eager and knew I could find another path to success. I sold Flow Control to K&N Engineering in Riverside, California.

I returned to the track as an active participant in NASCAR Winston Cup racing - behind the scenes. I began as a fabricator and went on to become a Data Acquisition Analyzer, engine tuner, shop and track-side manager.

Always searching for ways to improve my automotive and mechanical skills, I worked as a machinist at the automotive factory in my hometown of Dickson, Tennessee. I learned there how to run CNC machines. On rare days off, I continued to build karting engines and set up karts for the local racers. I started a kart shop on my property where they could buy parts for their machines. My shop became a smash. It was so vital to the local racing industry that I gave up my other work in order to concentrate full time on designing and manufacturing parts for go-karts. That's how Carroll LTD. came about - YOUR 1-STOP HORSEPOWER SHOP.

Now for the new story. I went in to EC's shop one day in January to buy some parts for my shop and EC said Tick Terd (that's a nick name I got stuck with since I was little "who Knows why") Why don't you just buy my company? Well I just laughed and thought he is just kidding so I said: "O.K. you old goat here you go." I threw a figure on his desk, and well the rest is history. So as of February 1, 2004 my wife and I became the new owners of EC Tillotson USA

 

 

EC Birt

Hi to all my friends old and new...


First I want to thank you for your support over the past years... To those that have chosen us for your racing needs a very special thank you...

As you have noticed we have a big change in the rebuild of our website and a new owner, Carroll Ford of E.C. Birt Distributing... More about Carroll later...

Why did I sell E.C. Distributing to Carroll..? Fair question... Because I have turned 65 years young and it's time for me to kick back and give the reigns to younger hands... But does this mean that you have gotten rid of me for good and I won't be around any longer..? No it means that now I will have more time that will allow me to travel to the races, work on a book that I'm writing and all the other things that I need to do... 
What I feel is the most important thing for a Racer to know is what is the track record of a company and their back history for you to choose for your racing needs...

I built E.C. Birt Distributing from scratch and I've been involved in racing and made my living this way for over 45 years... The record book will show this from the Salt Flats of Bonneville with Motorcycles to National and World Champion Wins in 1/2 Mile, Short Track, Motocross Racing and Off Road Racing... The knowledge from all of these years comes with me into Karting and the development and filling the needs of racers world wide... Over 20 years ago I had seen the need for this sport to have better carburetion for the sport of Karting 2/cycle and 4/cycle engines... So I became involved with the major manufactures of small carburetors to make what we needed for this sport...

Tillotson LTD in Ireland has bent over backwards to work with me to do what was needed... This joint effort of both of us has developed a line of racing carburetors that is State of the Art that gets the job of Winning done, and the most user friendly carburetor in the World... For an off the shelf carburetor the Tillotson line up is 120% up from what they were 20 years ago... When we take the Tillotson carburetor or any carburetor and add our touches to it by blueprinting, handwork and build it to fit your racing needs we have given you the racers edge that you come to us for...

Now to Carroll.... Carroll and his wife Tamara are as close to me as my own children... They have the desire and the younger age going for them that will carry E.C. Distributing to a new and higher level of State of Art Parts for all your racing needs... Carroll has been around with me for over 20 years he has a wealth of knowledge and experience (racing & business) and I will be in the back ground as an advisor for him, Tillotson LTD and others when needed.

As you can see we have a new shop and address... In it I have a new fancy office to kick back in... Stop in and see me and we can tell our war stories and do some bench racing... If I'm out on the road they can tell you where I'm at and how to find me...

Thanks again for your support and welcome aboard to E.C. Distributing... Without you we are nothing... Without us as part of your team you could be just an also ran entry...

As always... Just E.C.