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Our Top 9 Toronto Go Karting Facebook Pages


Like everything else in life, Toronto go karting is well represented on Facebook.

From fan groups to countless Toronto go karting companies, you can find many a Facebook page dedicated to go-karts. Even Toronto’s best indoor go-kart track has a Facebook page (but we’ll get to that later).

Here are nine pages, groups and topics you should follow: (Note that for page names, “go-kart” is spelled the way it appears on the various page titles, which is why sometimes it doesn’t have the hyphen.)

9 Must Follow Toronto Go Karting Facebook Pages | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

Go Kart Interest Page – This page allows you to show your interest in go-karting by simply liking the topic. If you love these fun, little machines, you can show all your Facebook friends by liking this topic page. Over 40,600 people on Facebook like the Go Kart topic page. Show your interest in go-karts to your friends by liking it.

9 Must Follow Toronto Go Karting Facebook Pages | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

Go-Karting Sport Page – Not just for people who are interested in go-karts in general, this page is for people who like the sport of go-kart racing. Whether you are a participant, a hopeful participant or a spectator, if you love professional go-kart racing, this topic page is for you. Nearly 200,000 people on Facebook like the topic of go-kart racing and why wouldn’t they like it? It’s an amazing and fun sport.

 

9 Must Follow Toronto Go Karting Facebook Pages | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

Go Kart Legends Group – The Go Kart Legends group is open to the public who want to share their stories and photos of go-kart racing legends. If you are a fan of go-kart racing, this is a good page to check out. The page description is “Real karters from the 80’s and 90’s.” It appears that most of the posts come from Australia, but people from other countries post, too. There are even people selling and buying parts on the page. Worth a look if you grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

 

9 Must Follow Toronto Go Karting Facebook Pages | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

Go kart racing memes – Just for fun, this page brings together weird and wonderful memes, photos and videos about go-karts. For example, you can see a video of a go-kart going down a bobsled track on this page. (Don’t try that, by the way.) Or, you can see what Toronto go karting looks like racing on a sprint car track. Those little carts get awfully dirty racing in the dirt.

 

9 Must Follow Toronto Go Karting Facebook Pages | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

Go Kart Trading Post – A closed group, the Go Kart Trading Post is for anyone who has go-kart parts for sale or who wants to buy go-kart parts. If you’re in the market for go-kart parts, this is a great group to join.

 

9 Must Follow Toronto Go Karting Facebook Pages | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

#GoKarting – Not a page, per se, but this is the go-karting hashtag search results in Facebook. We know hashtags aren’t popular in Facebook, but people do use them and they fulfill their purpose when you click on them. For a variety of go-karting news, views and posts, check out #gokarting on Facebook.

 

9 Must Follow Toronto Go Karting Facebook Pages | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

Autoblog Canada – While it doesn’t specialize in go-karts, Autoblog Canada does post Toronto go karting related stories sometimes. If you like motorized vehicles of any kind and live in the Great White North, it’s worth checking this page out.

 

9 Must Follow Toronto Go Karting Facebook Pages | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

Go Kart Mozart – Okay, we admit that we’re reaching a little bit with this one. Go Kart Mozart is a band and we have no idea what they sound like, but they look like a fun group of people. The page isn’t updated all that often, but how could you not love a band named Go Kart Mozart?

 

9 Must Follow Toronto Go Karting Facebook Pages | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

GPK – We saved the best for last with the GPK Facebook page. This is by far the greatest go-kart related page on Facebook (although we might be a little biased). Keep up to date with everything happening at Toronto’s best indoor go karting track on our Facebook page. We’ve got comedy, drama, action, adventure, articles, videos, pics and tips.
If you’re on Facebook (and we know you are), check out these nine must-follow go-karting related pages, groups and topics. And when you’re done that, get off your phone or computer and come on down to GPK and do some serious Toronto go karting.

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6 Undeniable Reasons Toronto Go Karting is Hated

Here is a statement that pains us to say, but is unfortunately true: Some people in Toronto hate go karting.

How in the world someone could hate ripping around a track with a group of smiling friends or family without a care in the world is beyond us, but some people just plain don’t like it. Here are six potential reasons why people hate go-karting.

Reasons Why Toronto Go Karting is Hated | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

It’s seen by some adults as a kid’s pastime

There’s no doubt that kids love go-karting and go-karts, which are basically miniature race cars, are well-suited to children. But, children’s love of go-karting can cause some adults to resent it because they see it as just something children do.

But, we can definitely tell you that adults have a blast when they step into that kart and go for a spin around the track. We’ve seen some hesitant adults break into huge smiles once they’ve tried it. Go-karts aren’t just for kids.

Some people find it boring

A lot of people love go-karting because it’s so different from what they’re used to when driving. Instead of driving their car or SUV through stop-and-go city traffic, they get to feel what it’s like in an open cockpit in a place where they can go as fast as the vehicle will allow (while still being completely safe) on a race track.

But, to someone who is used to driving a motorcycle or a dirt bike or something like that, a simple electric go-kart probably isn’t going to be particularly exciting or fun. That’s okay, though. People have fun in different ways and we love that we can provide people with a good time in a safe and fun environment. Plus, some of those thrill seekers got their first rush of adrenaline while in a go-kart at a young age, so we’re happy to have inspired them.

Reasons Why Toronto Go Karting is Hated | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com
Reasons Why Toronto Go Karting is Hated | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

People think it’s unsafe

Accidents happen and when they happen on a professional go-kart racing circuit, they have the potential to be pretty brutal. People see that and/or read the stories about freak accidents happening at go-kart tracks involving people getting terribly injured (usually by clothing or hair getting caught in the moving parts of the vehicle) and they just assume go-karts are dangerous.

It’s true that go-karts have the potential to be unsafe, but racing go-karts are totally different than rental go-karts like we have at GPK. Our karts are safe and we take every precaution to avoid any kind of mishap. From our four point harnesses to our ability to electronically shut off all karts on the track simultaneously to our comprehensive staff training to our mandatory helmet rule, we take safety seriously at GPK.

People have had bad experiences due to corporate team building

We constantly tell people that go-karting is a great corporate team building exercise and we stand by that. Who wouldn’t want to come and do something fun rather than participating in some kind of silly boot camp?

We have to admit, though, that sometimes corporate team building exercises can be forced onto people who just don’t want to participate, whether they dislike their co-workers or they are just resentful for having to do something they didn’t have any say in or whatever. Sometimes people have a bad experience with a team building exercise regardless of what that exercise is. But, if everyone is on board, there is no denying that go-kart racing can bring a team closer together.

Reasons Why Toronto Go Karting is Hated | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com
Reasons Why Toronto Go Karting is Hated | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

Really competitive people can take it overboard

We all have that one friend (or possibly two or three) that turns everything into a competition. If at least two people are doing the same thing, for that one ultra competitive person, it has to be about who does it faster, who gets more done, who can raise more money etc. A little competition can be a good thing, but when you take it overboard, it ruins it for everyone involved.

Most people won’t mind coming in last if they’ve had a good time while doing it and whoever comes in first is humble about it. At GPK, even though we do have races and keep track of who finishes where, the focus is always on the fun and not on who finished where.

Some Toronto go kart tracks are run poorly

Fortunately, this isn’t something we have to deal with at GPK, but some go-kart tracks have a less than stellar reputation and often that reputation is well-deserved. Whether it’s lax safety regulations or rude staff members, a poorly run track can sour a person’s perception of go-karting.

It’s a shame when that happens and if it has happened to you, we invite you to come to GPK so we can show you how a go-karting experience is supposed to be (spoiler: it’s supposed to be fun and awesome).

These are six reasons that people can end up doing what should be impossible; hating go-karting. Here at Toronto’s best indoor go-kart track, we like to make it our mission to ensure everyone has a stellar time while participating in one of the funnest activities around. So, if you know someone who has had a bad go-karting experience, bring them down to GPK and we’ll help turn their frowns upside down when it comes to go-karting.

Reasons Why Toronto Go Karting is Hated | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

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Now Registering! Super Summer Camp 2016 | Toronto Go Karting

A Toronto Go Karting event your kids have been waiting for!

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Your kid’s most anticipated summer Go Karting activity this year is now open for registration in Toronto!

Now with 4 camp dates!

Compared to the previous years, GPK’s super summer camp now has four camp dates in the summer. This allows us to accommodate more kids this year’s super-exciting summer camp! These dates are:

JUL 11-15                JUL 25-29                 AUG 8-12                      AUG 22-26

Now, you have more reasons to make your kids’ summer, super exciting! And there’s more. Additionally, this year, you get to experience another exhilarating sport (other than Toronto Go Karting, of course) at GPK, Laser Tags! Kids get to be in the battlefield along with their team, testing their abilities to follow instructions, strategize and work with them. Their mission: Eliminate the enemies.  Now, that is exciting!

REGISTER TO SUPER SUMMER CAMP NOW!

Spaces are limited, register now to enrol!

There’s a lot more to look out for in this year’s summer camp.

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Will Go-Kart Racing Ever Rule The World?

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If you have ever been go kart racing in Toronto, then you will already know how much fun it is to fly along the straight sections and hit a perfect corner to make your best lap time! Nothing beats it.

The first go-kart was built in California by a man named Art Ingles. I wonder if he knew just how popular the sport would be today?

Since the dawn and early development of the go-kart during the 1950s and 60s, this exciting sport really has come a long way. The go-karts are faster, safer, and cleaner now. The tracks offer more thrills for racers. The go-karting establishments, both competitive and recreational, offer an accessible and entertaining pastime for thousands of people, from all walks of life.

Go-Karting Is Still Gaining Popularity

One thing is for sure… Toronto go kart racing is still gaining popularity. There are now over 150,000 karters of all ages in the U.S. You could call it a revolution, and you wouldn’t be wrong! Maybe go-karting will take over the world one day.

Accessibility

There are many reasons for this rise in popularity. The first is the accessibility of the sport. Children as young as 8 years old can be trained and licensed for competitive go-kart racing. Many classes accommodate youngsters, and in terms of recreation, well, here at GPK in Toronto we even have junior karts for kids!

The fact that children can enjoy go karting in Toronto, whether recreationally or competitively, increases the number of families who choose to take a day out at the races.

More ladies are currently joining the revolution too, with go-kart tracks seeing a rise in the number of female guests and hen parties. The combination of adrenaline packed fun, and laid-back party atmosphere, makes go-karting an awesome alternative to a pointless night out at the bars again.

Toronto Go Karting Reaches Celebrity Status!

NASCAR is now one of the most popular sports in America. It is not the same as go-karting, but this general buzz around high-speed, adrenaline filled action is definitely contagious.

As more people start to watch the stock car racing, more people also want to feel the speed and hands-on fun for themselves. Go-karting is the most accessible racing sport, and fun for the whole family.

It is even possible for young karters to reach formula-1 racing status, directly from go-karting. Red Bull sponsor national tryouts for 13-17 year olds, and thousands of drivers participate every year.

In fact, quite a lot of celebrity formula-1 drivers started in go-karting. Ever heard of Kimi Raikkonen, Michael Shumacher, and the legendary Lewis Hamilton? All of them started their career go-karting. This has helped to popularize the sport.

Due to the rising popularity of Toronto go kart racing, helped along by influences from stars like Lewis Hamilton, the highly accessible form of racing has caught the eyes of venture capitalists, who have continued to invest and expand their empires of race tracks.

For example, Connections Capital from the UK invested £9 million to buy-out TeamSport Racing, and have opened several new circuits since.

Go-Karting Can Rule Your World!
In all fairness, go-karting already does rule the world. It is popular on nearly every continent, and one of the most accessible forms of racing available. Toronto Go kart racing can most definitely rule your world, that’s for sure!

No matter what age you are, what the occasion is, or what your experience level may be, you can enjoy an adrenaline packed day of adventure go-kart racing. Head on down to GPK in Toronto, and experience the magic for yourself!

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5 Misconceptions About Toronto Go Karts

Even something as simple as the humble Toronto go karts can have a whole host of misconceptions surrounding it. We just want to clear the air about some of these.

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1. Rental go-karts and racing Toronto go karts are the same thing

This misconception can go a couple of different ways. If you’re a parent who has seen a professional racing go-karts speeding around the track, you may think all go-karts are these powerful little machines that whip around corners at neck snapping speeds.

Or, if you are a go-kart racer and you tell someone that you’re a go-kart racer, you may get angry if they assume you just put-put around the track at a relatively low speed like the carts at many rental places.

But, the two types of go-karts are vastly different. Racing go-karts are direct descendents of open-wheeled Formula 1 cars and, as such, they can get up to pretty good speeds and require skill and practice to handle.

On the other hand, rental go-karts, while they go quickly enough to have a lot of fun, don’t come anywhere near the speeds the racing Toronto go karts can reach. Rental go-karts, like the ones at GPK, are meant for family fun and you don’t need any special training or skills to rip around the track on one.

But, if you spent an hour in one of our karts and then hopped into a real racing go-kart, you would notice a world of difference.

Check out our video on Toronto Go Karting Safety

2. Go-karts aren’t safe

Again, this depends on the type of go kart you are talking about. The racing go-karts, while they go fast, are equipped with all the safety equipment that a racing vehicle should have.

On the other hand, a backyard go-kart that some girl threw together using an old lawnmower engine and some discarded bike frames welded together will be decidedly less safe.

At GPK, our electric Toronto go karts are equipped with 4-point seat belts that keep you securely in the vehicle. Our padded steering wheels prevent injuries to the chest and head and all racers are mandated to wear helmets. On top of that, our indoor go-karting facility is equipped with a remote shut-off ability to slow down and shut off all engines in case of accidents or bottlenecking on the track.

So, while not all go-karts are created equally, we can definitely vouch for the ones at GPK. They’re as safe as a life jacket wrapped in a bulletproof vest strapped into a safety harness that is decorated with reflectors.

3. You can build a go-kart easily just using junk in your garage

Those backyard go-karts that we alluded to before do exist. Tinkerers like to see what they can build and how well their creations run. This goes back not just to people’s curiosity and love of building, but more specifically to the days of the old soap box derby racers (which are still around, actually).

While modern soapbox derby racers are sleek and you can purchase kits to help you build them out of materials like fibreglass, old-timey soapbox derby racers were built out of crates and whatever else a kid could toss together. Hence, people still believe that about motorized go-karts. A lawnmower engine, some wheels off a baby carriage, some wood, metal and wire and you’re good to go, right?

But, as any backyard engineer will tell you, there are many variables to consider, particularly weight. Just slapping things together will likely not get you going far, but with a little planning and some calculations and the right material, you can build a homemade go-kart that will run and even stay together.

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4. Go-karting is just for kids

According to a scientific formula we just made up, it has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that adults love ripping around a racetrack just as much (and sometimes even way more) than kids do.

Racing Toronto go karts makes an excellent date, team building activity or birthday bash (for a child or adult), so whether you’re just a greenhorn at this whole life thing or you’re a seasoned veteran, you’ll have a blast on a go-kart track. In fact, at Maple Knoll Village retirement home, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a 91 year old resident became the oldest person to go indoor go-karting, according to the Maple Knoll website.

5. Go-karts and buggies are the same thing

While most people know that go-karts are made for driving around tracks on asphalt, there are still some people who equate go-karts with off road buggies (dune buggies and other off-road vehicles). These off-road vehicles have much larger tires and larger engines for driving on trails or over dunes. And while some go-karts, providing they have the appropriate tires, can be driven on trails, they are really designed for track use.

We hope that clears up any lingering misconceptions you may have about go-karts and go-karting. To fully appreciate these magnificent machines, come down to Toronto’s best indoor go kart track at GPK and do a few laps.

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20 Resources That Will Make You Better at Go-Karting in Toronto

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Good Reads on Go Karting

There are plenty of resources available for anyone who wants to become a better go-kart driver. Of course, practice makes perfect, and nothing beats a race down at a recreational track to get started in the world of go-karting.

 

Whether you want to go-kart for fun, or you are looking to get into a bit of competitive racing, you will always want to improve. That way you can go faster, take corners better, and relax and enjoy yourself more.

 

Here are some resources that can help you to learn more about go-karting, areas that you need to practice, and more. Have a read, and then you can bring your new knowledge to the race track!

Beginner’s Tips & Tricks

You can visit their sites by clicking on the photo.

Wiki-How Beginner's Guides to Go-Karting (www.wikihow.com) | Go Karting in Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

Beginner's tips from Karting Magazine (www.wikihow.com) | Go Karting in Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

Want to go-kart like Lewis Hamilton? (www.videojug.com) | Go Karting in Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

For the more ADVANCED GO KART RACERS

For the more advanced Toronto Go-Karting racers, these resources below are quite an interesting set. Link to read their articles by clicking on the photos.

Learn how to gain faster lap times (www.go-kart-source.com) | Go Karting in Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

More tips for a faster lap (karting.daytona.co.uk) | Go Karting in Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

Tips specific to indoor karting (www.evenflow.co.uk) | Go Karting in Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

Pro go-kart racing secrets that will unlock your inner potential (www.wrkc.on.ca) | Go Karting in Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

Excellent indoor karting advice (www.quora.com) | Go Karting Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

Learn all about the art of braking (www.karting1.co.uk) | Go Karting Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

Braking: A Visual Guide (www.wiki-how.com) | Go Karting Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

Faster Cornering (www.wiki-how.com) | Go Karting in Toronto | www.GoKartToronto.com

If you are a hobbyist and are looking into building your own go kart, this section is for you

Some of these provide free PDF documents as guides.

INSTRUCTABLES

POPULAR MECHANICS

GO KART GURU

Go Kart Guru's Logo | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

HAYNES OWNERS

The Karting Manual | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

KART BUILDING

JEAN GENIBREL

Jean Genibrel | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

The GPK Indoor Go-Karting Track in Toronto

Indoor Go Karting Toronto | GPK | www.gokarttoronto.com

The final, and most important resource on our list, and the one that is sure to make you a better driver, is our indoor race track in Toronto.

No matter what your skill level, we have an event for you, from recreational arrive and drive, to league tables that you can compete in. Nothing improves your go-karting skills like some real practice down at the go-karting track here in Toronto. So, when you have finished reading all of the tips and tricks you need to succeed, come down and put them into action at GPK.

 

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5 Awesome Things You Get Out of Go Karting in Toronto

In truth, there are more than 5 awesome things you can benefit by racing on a Toronto Go Kart.

We will only give you 5 that have made an impact in our readers’ lives.

Toronto go kart racing is an activity that surely pumps up your adrenaline, stimulates your brain and strengthens bonds among peers and family. To be perfectly specific about it, here are what we identified as the top 5 awesome things you get out of Toronto go kart racing.


Brain Stimulation | Benefit of Toronto Go Karting | 647-496-5838

 

Benefit #1: Brain Stimulation

Although most physical activities stimulate the brain, go karting in Toronto’s leading indoor raceway has a little bit more to give with its F1 style raceway. The experience is more realistic and more exhilarating than that of others.

Decision-making.

Racing demands a driver’s sound decision making ability by allowing the driver to create plans on how to finish ahead of the others. A good race driver would first and foremost assess the road he will have to trek, anticipating difficulties in some sections of the racetrack and formulating plans to ease through those. He will have to foresee that other racers are creating the same plans. How he will manage to zip away when a sharp turn bottlenecks, will really depend on what available options he has at that exact moment. He may take the turn freely without trouble if he is well ahead of the pack when he reaches the obstacle, or he may be sandwiched between aggressive drivers. That is where he will have to utilize his sound decision making skills taking into consideration the strength of his vehicle and weighing out its limitations.

Practice makes perfect,

as the saying goes. Trials and errors are analyzed and plans are modified to establish a course of action that works to attain objectives. It is common knowledge that many of our famous Nascar and Formula One or Honda Indy superstars started their careers zipping around the race track on a go kart. 

Reflexes

are put to the test when un-anticipated events happen during the race. That sends signals to the brain to heighten all the necessary senses and sharpen the driver’s reflexes. One factor that should be emphasized here as well, should be control over these reflexes. By definition, reflexes are nearly instantaneous, involuntary movement in response to a stimulus. It is done without thinking and automatically happens as a reaction. Some reflexes could be beneficial to you, some might not.  Learn how to control these reflexes.

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Benefit #2: Mastery of the Controls of a Toronto Go Kart

As the great Bruce Lee once said, in order to effectively use your weapon, you should become one with it. Well, there are no weapons in racing. But studying your go kart, its strengths and its limitations and compensating with it allows you to use it to its optimum potential. Humans are the most adaptable animals. We easily learn to adjust to the changing surroundings and the corresponding changes in its demands. That is why if there is a need to adjust to conform with the controls of the electric go kart, we can easily do just that. Thus, mastery of the controls is achieved in no time.

 

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Benefit #3: Fosters Healthy Competition

Racing is interactive and fun; and if used by companies as a team building tool, it creates camaraderie and team work among workers through healthy competition. That strengthens working relationships and stimulates workplace cooperation, making it easier for them achieve a singular objective.

 

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Benefit #4: Adrenaline Rush for A Healthier You

Physical activity, in moderate amounts, facilitates the release of Adrenaline, sometimes referred to as the super human hormone. It positively affects the body by increasing blood flow into the tissues and brain during the thrill of a race. That is why a driver feels a sudden flushing, a gush of heat flooding the whole body which leads to a sharper mind and a stronger heart. The feeling of heat is caused by the increased blood supply into the tissues as the blood vessels react to the Adrenaline hormone by dilating allowing more blood to pass through. Whoah! Too technical there! But you get the drift, right?

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Benefit #5: Builds Bonds Between Peers, Co-Workers or Family

The human body responds well to a stimulus that originates from someone whom he or she is bonded with. As mentioned earlier, that sense of belongingness and improved perception of self-worth develops into a sense of openness towards that other person. If you are a very busy father who barely has the time to spend with your kids, go karting is a perfect tool to re-establish that trusting relationship and encourage re-building of negative perceptions between you and your family member.

One reader once attested to the effectiveness of go karting as a tool to rebuild his relationship with his son. Not only did it open his son’s eyes to the fact that the father genuinely loves him. But it also enlightened the father of his shortcomings. Melodramatic huh? Before we received that comment, all of these things were just words that occupied our blog space. But then upon knowing that there was at least one, in the billions of people around the world, who was moved by our words and had went through a positive change in his life, writing writing suddenly had a purpose, a responsibility, almost like a movement.

Why don’t you give Grand Prix Kartways a call at (647) 496-5838 and book your race. You’ll never know what impact a simple Toronto go kart race can have in your life. Call us today.

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5 Women Who Could Tear Up the Go Kart Track in Toronto

More and more women are getting into motorsport racing, something that’s traditionally been considered a male endeavour.

The beauty about motorsports is that because it involves the racing or competing with machines, men and women are on a completely equal footing and can easily compete against one another.

We take a look at some of the top lady racers who got their start in go-karts.

1. Danica Patrick.

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Danica Patrick

While she left the go-karts behind long ago, former IndyCar and current NASCAR driver Danica Patrick got her start on the small tracks racing go-karts in and around her home of Roscoe, Illinois when she was a pre-teen and teen.

Prior to winning the Indy Japan 300 in 2008 and being the top finishing female in the Indianapolis 500 in 2009 (3rd) and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011 (4th), Patrick won the World Karting Association Grand National Championship three times throughout the 1990s.

 

2. Alice Powell

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Alice Powell

This young woman from Chipping Norton in the United Kingdom has the goal of becoming the first successful British woman to compete in F1. She’s well on her way, being the first female to win a Formula Renault race in the UK, a series where the cars race up to 150mph wheel-to-wheel.

She got her start on an indoor go-kart racing track at the tender age of eight and has been going strong ever since.

 

3. Sarah Marie Fisher

Born in 1980 in Ohio, Fisher now runs Sarah Fisher Racing, which she started in 2008. However, before becoming the first and only female IndyCar team owner (as well as the youngest IndyCar team owner) she raced go-karts and quarter midgets when she was a child and teenager.

Fisher has many records to her name as a female racer, including setting the track qualifying record at Kentucky Speedway with a qualifying speed of 221.390 mph. That’s a lap time of 24.0661 seconds, which is a record that still stands today.

4. Alison MacLeod

Making her go-kart racing debut at seven, MacLeod, who was born in 1989 in Mississauga, ON, is the winningest female racer in United States Auto Club (USAC) history. She quickly stepped up from 4-cycle sprint karts to 80cc shifter karts by age 11 and by the time she was a teenager, she had won numerous championships on the USAC circuit.

Today, MacLeod is more likely to be seen behind a camera than in a car, having started a lucrative photography career.

5. Maryeve Dufault

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Marveye Dufault

This Quebec native, born in 1982, actually got her start in motocross at age four, but switched to go-karts at age eight. From there, she eventually made her way into NASCAR racing.

Aside from racing, Dufault is also an actress and model, endeavours she is currently pursuing.

For its part, Grand Prix Kartways promotes females in racing by actively trying to get more girls interested in go-kart racing in Toronto. To do this, the company has partnered with Sweetie Girl Racing to present the Ladies Driving Clinic Series, a program for girls 10 and older that teaches them go-kart basics. Clinics run Saturdays and Sundays from September to May.

The next great female go-kart racer is out there and GPK wants to find her!

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6 Reasons Why You Will Enjoy Toronto Go Karting Indoors!

There’s no doubt that go-karting is a fun activity to do in Toronto and like many other activities, you can enjoy it both indoors and outdoors.

Being outdoors is fun and it’s great to feel the rush of the wind in your face, but playing indoors has its advantages, too.

Here are 6 reasons to go-kart indoors.

1. It’ll never be too cold to race.

While the myth of the nine-month Canadian winter is far from the truth, what is true is that winters do get cold here and they last at least a third of the year (and sometimes up to five months depending on how early spring arrives and how late autumn goes).

You would never be able to race go-karts in January on an outdoor track, but on an indoor track, -40C means nothing.

2. Nobody has an excuse when you beat them in a race.

“The sun was in my eyes.”
“The wind was blowing me around.”
“The rain was making the track slippery.”

If you have a friend who always has a convenient excuse when they lose, they won’t be able to bring out any of their excuses when you beat them at an indoor track. Everything is equal and with no weather to worry about, you can say you won fair and square.

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At an indoor track, you’ll worry no more for heat or rain to make your Toronto Go Karting a fun and exciting activity.

3. You’ll never have to deal with the sun in your eyes (or the pavement feeling like it’s going to melt).

What you hear often about in Canada is how cold it can get, but what you don’t hear much about is the sometimes unbearably hot weather during summer.

For every jaw-droppingly cold day you will experience in winter, summer has a pavement-melting hot day lined up, too. Outdoors, the sun can get in your eyes, the heat will have you sweating puddles in your helmet and not even ripping around the track will give you relief.

At an indoor track, however, you won’t have to worry about unbeatable heat.

4. No emissions.

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Be environment-friendly by driving Grand Prix Kartways’ electric go karts.

All of Grand Prix Kartways’ go karts are electric, meaning they don’t give off any noxious fumes when you drive them. Obviously, being indoors means they wouldn’t be able to have gas-powered karts.

By driving electric, you are doing the environment a big favour. And, you may even like the thought of driving electric so much that you’ll switch to an electric car for your own personal vehicle.

Do you know that one petrol-powered kart can spew as many pollutants as 100 cars?

5. You will never get rained out.

So, we’ve established that winter is cold and summer can get crazy hot, but one other element that outdoor kart tracks have to contend with is rain. And while a little bit of rain is okay, a lot of rain can ruin a good time in a hurry.

This is especially frustrating when you’ve booked a big day well in advance only to wake up to see ominous looking clouds on the horizon. On an outdoor track, those clouds would spell doom for your event. On an indoor track, those clouds mean nothing.

6. No bugs!

We all know there is no sound quite as annoying as the high-pitched whine of a mosquito buzzing around your ear. And getting hit in the face with bugs at high speed is terrible! Outdoor tracks at the height of summer will have some uninvited, but hungry guests to bite and annoy you.

At the indoor track, meanwhile, bugs are not a problem. They can buzz all they want, but they’re not welcome inside and they won’t be in there to annoy you.

So, when you are deciding where the best place for go karting in Toronto is, keep these 6 things in mind. Visit Grand Prix Kartways to experience Toronto’s premiere indoor go karting facility.

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Toronto Go Karting: Best Birthday Ever!

These are the words that every parent wants to hear from their kids.

Well,  we can make that happen for you!

Toronto Go Karting – Simply Unforgettable

If you’re looking to throw an unforgettable birthday bash, you’ve come to the right place. Grand Prix Kartways  has over 47,000 sq ft of indoor space for you child to explore. We provide everything from race suits to racing helmets to make your kid’s Toronto Go Kart racing fantasies come true! Don’t worry we are taking every possible precaution to keep them safe.

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One of Toronto’s fastest electric Go-karts: The Italian-made EK-5N-DR

Our Karts

We offer state-of-the-art electric go-karts – the Italian made EK-5N-DR and EK-Mini Go-Karts that are the best available in the industry today. Our race team stylized go-karts are fast, safe, and environmentally friendly!


Our Packages

Our mission at Grand Prix Kartways is to create an unforgettable Toronto go karting experience. We have a diverse array of packages for you to choose from. They are custom built to suit your needs and number of guests.

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Go-Karting Birthday Packages that are customizable to ensure an exhilarating and unforgettable Go Karting Party in Toronto

Go-Kart Racing

Time to push the pedal to the metal! You can choose from private race sessions, pre-reserved race times and a 2-for-1 gift certificate for each guest! We provide junior go-karts for children 10+ years of age and the minimum height of 50” (120 cm). Our senior go-karts are reserved for children 13+ years of age with 54” (130 cm) minimum height. We can offer private race sessions with up to 8 Senior Karts and 6 Junior Karts.

Toronto Go Karting for Kids? Seriously?

Slot Car Racing

Who said the sidelines were boring? When go karting at GPK Toronto, you get to experience a different kind of exhilaration with our 90-foot long Carrera Slot Car Raceway – a one of a kind 6-lane slot car racetrack! Slot car racing enthusiasts can enjoy model car racing with their peers.

Mini Grid at GPK - Go Karting in Toronto

GPK’s Mini Grid Slot Car Racing featuring a one-of-a-kind six-lane 90-foot long Carrera Slot Car raceway that is a “must-try” for any motorsport enthusiast!

You can even reserve a minimum of 30 minutes for your own private party. This includes free use of our rental cars and a staff person to conduct your race program!

 

Custom Services

Add a 3rd go-kart race to your package for only $13 per person more. We provide trophies with custom engraving. Even get your own custom video that chronicles the day’s festivities.

 

There’s a lot more you can do! Call us today at (647) 496-2888 and let’s start planning for a birthday your kid will never forget!

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