By Hannah Curran, Editor-in-Chief
TRUSSVILLE — Trussville icon (announced that the grand opening will take place on Friday, November 18 from 6-8 p.m. Those who attend and stay for the entire grand opening will have a chance to win an all-new 2022 Icon I40 golf cart. Icon Trussville will also be providing food, beverages and many other door prizes.
Jonathon Seay, Kasey Graydon, Matt Yancey and David Cochran Jr. took on the challenge of providing low-speed vehicles to the community. Yancey, Graydon, and Seay all live in Trussville, while Cochran lives in Hoover part of the time and in Florida most of the time.
“Matt and I had been in business together for many years; Casey has been a friend of mine for a long time; we worked together; he came to help me at the beach with the golf cart rental and at the dealership. And then Jon and I have been golf buddies and friends for a long time,” Cochran said.
Icon is based in Tampa, Florida, and has five manufacturing facilities across the country, including North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Arizona.
Cochran owns the Icon dealership in Chelsea and Panama City Beach, Florida, and is the Alabama distributor for Icon and Epic, the other brand they carry. Icon owns the Epic brand.
Trussville’s growth caught the eye of every man, and they knew they could provide a reliable cart that met the needs of people living in Trussville and kept up with the Low Speed Vehicles Ordinance.
“All neighborhoods are built with neighborhood pools and can drive to the entertainment district with their golf cart; we started talking about it probably a year ago,” Cochran said. “At the end of spring, we started to move forward; we’re going to do that in Trussville.
All the men agreed that they thought the Birmingham market was big enough.
“We chose here because it’s our community,” Yancey said. “This is where we live, where we play, where we go to church, where our kids go to school here. That’s it; this is home.”
Icon Trussville was moving forward with opening when the City of Trussville announced and passed the Low Speed Vehicle Ordinance. Icon knew they had to provide street-legal vehicles that were fresh from the pack.
“They they were cracking down on that, and we thought, ‘well, let’s go ahead and do something because we have we can provide another option for people that’s legal, and where they won’t have tickets, and they can still do what they’ve always done,” Cochran said.
Cochran said when you look at the Icon Trussville carts and other golf carts there doesn’t seem to be a difference, but when you look closer Icon will be built with different safety features that a standard golf cart is not made with.
Epics come standard with backup cameras, windshield wipers and full glass windshields. Icons have DOT windshields, but Icon Trussville offers a drop-down version. Additionally, all low-speed vehicles will have seat belts, turn signals, headlights, taillights, and DOT tires.
“They’ll have everything that makes them what the feds say makes a vehicle legal and be able to sign a 17-digit Vin,” Cochran said. “So with our vehicles, people will buy the vehicle, it’s registered as a low-speed vehicle, they’ll bring the MSO, which is their title, to the tag office, and they’ll see this Vin that’s been registered as a car , and then they can give them a label.
Cochran explained that not all golf cart dealerships carry street-legal carts.
“EEverything they buy here is off the shelf and is prescription compliant,” Graydon said.
Trussville offer icon fully customizable trolleys in stock; customers can get any color, any combination they want in three to four days max, while other brands have a year or more on anything custom.
They will also offer everything customization or service work, and customers can trade in carts for a street-legal cart.
Icon Trussville will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.