RACE CITY GOLF CARS opened its doors in Mooresville, North Carolina, in March of 2004 just after two best friends, Neil Swaim and Brad Walsh, returned from a trip to the PGA show in Orlando, Florida. The trip was inspiring, needless to say, and the store was opened on a very small budget, starting with only five golf cars. The store opened under its corporate name of BRAD’s GOLF CARS & UTILITY VEHICLES, INC., named after one of the partners, Brad Walsh, who owns the partner store, Brad’s Golf Car’s, Inc. in Belews Creek, North Carolina. The decision to do business as RACE CITY GOLF CARS was inspired by the nickname of the town in which the business resides. After all, who doesn’t know about “RACE CITY?” The Walsh family has been in the golf car business since the 1960s. Since that time, they have been involved in every aspect of the golf industry from golf course management and maintenance to complete golf car manufacturing and remanufacturing. Over time, he learned and helped with research and development of accessories, and sometimes performing field testing for factories such as Club Car. Since that time, Neil and Brad have enjoyed watching the golf cars evolve from simple two-passenger machines to four, six, and eight passenger people movers to lifted ATV-like buggies.
Neil Swaim is the operating partner of RACE CITY GOLF CARS. He got his first taste of golf cars back in 1989 when he met his lifelong best friend and business partner, Brad Walsh. Golf car manufacturing, sales, and service were what the Walsh family was all about. Neil started out as a part-time employee at Brad’s Golf Cars, Inc. and worked there while attending community college in Winston-Salem. Neil’s expertise is in Club Car, E-Z-GO, YAMAHA golf cars and utility vehicles, and TOMBERLIN electric automobiles. Neil also has experience with other golf car manufacturers, such as HYUNDAI, COLUMBIA/PAR CAR, MELEX, and many other smaller companies.
Doug Phillips is the sales manager and accounts manager for RACE CITY GOLF CARS. Doug retired from the shoe sales business in 2006 when he owned the HINES SHOES stores in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Hickory, North Carolina. Doug has the business experience that brought RACE CITY GOLF CARS from a 25-car lot to a 200-car lot.
Scott Kinley is the man behind the scenes. He’s the main mechanic and assembler of the vehicles produced for sale. Scott started out as a good customer, buying five cars in three years, and when Scott would come back to trade or buy another, the cars that Scott had purchased and upgraded himself were superbly tweaked. Scott worked for a huge electric motor-starter and alternator repair facility as a repair technician in Charlotte, North Carolina, for 18 years and then installed automotive and commercial glass for three years in Charlotte and the surrounding areas prior to coming to work for RACE CITY GOLF CARS in 2008. Scott’s hobbies were dirt track racing and messing around with golf cars, and used automobiles. The combined experiences that Scott has been exposed to from employment and hobbies has given him the foundation to be an outstanding golf car repair technician and creative builder of custom golf cars.