Adam “Kurt” McGill was born in 1987 into a racing family. His father, Mark wrenched on Uncle Butch’s late model dirt track race car and finally took up racing a three-wheeler himself. Mark advanced to quads as Adam grew and became a junior mechanic himself. Eventually the two evolved into the semi late race cars arena. But when Mark presented Adam with the choice between racing the semi late or a quad, the choice was an easy one. Adam chose the quad and never looked back.
In 2001 at the age of 14, Adam got his 2nd quad (the first was a Yamaha Zinger 60) a Honda 400EX. That year he did local races and really caught the racing bug. In 2003 just prior to his 16th birthday, Adam started hitting some nationals. Because of his age, Mark had to sign him in but from there, the passion was unleashed. Adam missed several high school milestones along the way in order to pursue his passion including Homecomings, Proms and the last football game of his high school career, which was not a popular decision among his teammates and coaches. But his dedication was obvious.
In 2004 Adam moved up to a Honda 450R and participated in 8 GNCC’s. But in 2005 when Adam made the podium as a Pro Am Racer placing 2nd overall at the John Penton Race. He was the youngest person to ever stand on the GNCC podium in a top three overall position, the career really began.
2005 began the long list of success. Adam went on to win the GNCC Pro Am Championship and the AMA ATBA Amateur Rider of the year award. He started to attract the attention of the industry leaders. In 2008 Adam signed his first professional contract with Factory KTM. That year he won 4 National GNCC races including The General in Washington, GA in which Adam finished with a six minute plus gap over the second place position, and the prestigious Snowshoe Mountain Race in Snowshoe, WV. Adam finished the 2008 with a 3rd place overall points standing.
Adam continued racing with Factory KTM in 2009 maintaining consistency throughout the year and again finishing with a 3rd place national ranking. He was able to travel to France both years with KTM for the grueling Pont de Vaux race in which the team placed an imprssive 2nd overall in 2008.
In 2010 Adam signed a two-year contract with Warnert Racing Can-Am and with the help of teammate Chris Bithell, brought the DS450 program to it’s long awaited success. He again finished the 2010 year in 3rd place and then in 2011 he won two GNCC Nationals including Snowshoe, and because of a consistent podium presence throughout the season, 10 total podium finishes, was able to garner the #2 plate for the upcoming 2012 race season.
Three brands, three success stories, one man. Now that his career has come full circle, Adam has decided to branch out on his own and control his own program. Back on the Honda 450R for 2012 it is shaping up to be an incredible program. With industry backing from great sponsors and a network of family and friends, Adam McGill is sure to be one to watch on the ATV Circuit.
History of the McGill Mafia
It all began in 2008 while racing for Factory KTM with teammate Taylor Kiser. The teammates used the acrostic KTM to be Kurt Taylor Mafia. Several years later with the desire to make some form of fan gear, Mom Clara and Adam brainstormed the idea of McGill Mafia. The rest is history. The idea took off and exploded with a life of it’s own.
Mafia Members are the greatest in the world and are an integral part of the race program. The family is growing and we would love to have more family members!