At DKM, our roots run deep in dirt racing's past. DKM was founded by Dave Constantino, Eric Mack, and Kyle Hoffman. Dave and Eric have known each other since Dave was three years old. In their early teens, the two started working on race cars for their neighbor, "The Cyclone" Maynard Forrette, driver of the Queen's Machine 78M.
While working alongside Maynard, Dave and Eric learned all aspects of racing. Before they were old enough to drive, they mastered everything from assembling, scaling, and setting up cars to testing engines on Maynard's dyno. They became students of a true legend in dirt racing.
Since Dave and Eric were so young while helping Maynard compete against the top names in the industry, the name "Damn Kids Motorsports" was born. Maynard contributed to the early foundation of the DKM company we know today. While Maynard is no longer with us, we know he would be proud of DKM and his influence on everything we do.
After their time working with Maynard, Dave and Eric became drivers themselves. As a driver, Dave has won countless races and a track championship. As part of the Halmar-Friesen racing team, Eric has won four Super Dirt Week championships, two as the crew chief. Kyle Hoffman has made his way to victory lane in a Big Block Modified at Lebanon Valley Speedway and has nearly twenty Sportsman wins there as well.
The deep focus on engineering at DKM started while Dave and Kyle both were attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute working on their Undergraduate Degrees in Mechanical Engineering. The two quickly became friends through their mutual interest in dirt racing. One of the things that Kyle, Dave, and Eric realized was that the cars that were being made at the time performed inconsistently from frame to frame. Their knowledge of engineering and design paved the way for the early DKM vision. The three believed that they could design a better race car that could be built with no margin for error. They wanted to produce a perfect, high-quality, consistent car.
Dave continued on to get his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College. He and Kyle started working for General Electric designing parts and engineering on many large projects. Kyle, Eric, and Dave were each actively driving race cars at this time and thinking about the future.
In the early 2000s, the three began making race car bodies for themselves and their friends. Today, DKM makes bodies that fit all makes and models of dirt modifieds, slingshots, and go-karts. The top names in dirt racing, including Stewart Friesen, Brett Hearn, and Kenny Tremont, choose DKM bodies because they are the best-engineered bodies you can buy.
DKM was an early pioneer in using computer numerical control (CNC) technology to produce racecar bodies on a large scale. DKM produced bodies behind the scenes for years as a supplier for many of the top car manufacturers. You may have already had a DKM body under another manufacturer's name.
With precision, CNC-engineered DKM bodies, the fit to the chassis is the best you can get. The computer-drilled holes line up perfectly every time. If you require a new panel, it simply bolts on the existing body with no need to drill anything from the end user. This is revolutionary and a huge advancement developed by DKM.
After having success producing bodies, DKM decided it was time to use computer technology to begin developing a better race car from the ground up. Kyle and Dave stepped away from their engineering jobs at GE. They took a huge risk to go 'all in' with DKM and commit to making their dream a reality. They acquired the necessary tools and software with the aim of designing a high-quality, better-performing car in-house.
Today, the DKM Cyclone Chassis is one of the most talked about cars on the dirt circuit and is viewed as a threat to companies that have been building cars traditionally.
DKM is driven to disrupt the dirt racing industry with superior products. We have a long past in dirt racing. Our advantage is our cutting-edge approach to designing cars that are better than have ever been available on the market before. We are here to serve you and help you on your quest for greatness on the track.