By Hannah Curran, Editor
TRUSSVILLE — Icon Trussville (has announced that the grand opening will take place on Friday, Nov. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those who attend and stay for the entire grand opening will have a chance to win a brand-new 2022 Icon I40 Golf Cart. Icon Trussville will also provide food, drinks, and many more door prizes.
Jonathon Seay, Kasey Graydon, Matt Yancey, and David Cochran Jr. have stepped up to the challenge to provide low-speed vehicles for the community. Yancey, Graydon, and Seay all live in Trussville, while Cochran lives in Hoover part of the time and Florida most of the time.
“Matt and I were in business together for lots of years; Casey has been a friend of mine for a long time; we’ve worked together; he’s come down and helped me at the beach with golf cart rentals and at the dealership. And then Jon and I have been golfing buddies and friends for a long time,” Cochran said.
Icon is based in Tampa, Florida, and has five manufacturing facilities around the country, including North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Arizona.
Cochran owns the Icon dealership in Chelsea and Panama City Beach, Florida, and is the distributor for the state of Alabama for Icon and Epic, the other brand they carry. Icon owns the Epic brand.
The growth in Trussville caught the eye of each of the men, and they knew they could provide a reliable cart that met the needs of people living in Trussville and followed the Low-Speed Vehicle ordinance.
“All the neighborhoods being built with neighborhood pools and being able to drive to the Entertainment District on their golf cart; we started talking about this probably a year ago,” Cochran said. “At the end of Spring, we started pushing forward; we’re going do this in Trussville.”
All the men agreed that they felt like the Birmingham market was big enough.
“We chose here because this is our community,” Yancey said. “This is where we live, where we play, this is where we go to church, our kids go to school here. This is everything; this is home.”
Icon Trussville was in the process of moving forward with the opening when the City of Trussville announced and passed the low-speed vehicle ordinance. Icon knew they needed to provide street-legal vehicles fresh off the lot.
“They were cracking down on it, and we thought, ‘well, let’s go ahead and do something because we have we can offer another option for people that is legal, and where they won’t be getting tickets, and they can still do what they’ve always done,'” Cochran said.
Cochran said when you look at Icon Trussville carts and other golf carts, there appears to be no difference, but when you get a closer look, Icon will be built with different safety features that a standard golf cart is not made with.
The Epics come standard with backup cameras, windshield wipers, and full glass windshields. The icons have DOT windshields, but Icon Trussville offers a fold-down version. In addition, all the low-speed vehicles will have seatbelts, turn signals, headlights, taillights, and DOT tires.
“They will have everything that makes them what the federal government says makes a vehicle street legal and to 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 take the MSO, which is their title, to the tag office, and they’ll see this Vin that was registered just like a car, and then they can give them a tag.”
Cochran explained that not every golf cart dealership offers street-legal carts.
“Everything they buy here is ready to go and complies with the ordinance,” Graydon said.
Icon Trussville offers fully customizable carts in stock; customers can get any color, any combination they want in three to four days max, while other brands are a year or more out on anything customized.
They will also offer any customization or service work, and customers can trade in carts for a street-legal cart.
Icon Trussville will be open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.