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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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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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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.

Go Karting in Toronto |(647) 496 5838 | Grand Prix Kartways Downsview Park Toronto ON M3K 2B9

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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Toronto Go-Karting Birthday Party Packages|(647) 496 5838 | Grand Prix Kartways Downsview Park Toronto ON M3K 2B9

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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These Toronto Indoor Go Karting Rules

Indoor Go Karting Rules | Grand Prix Kartways in Toronto (647) 496-5838

Fun is not optional here at GPK. But so are these rules.

They keep you and me safe.

The first thing you should know is that all race tracks, whether they are professional or for go karting in Toronto, have a zero tolerance policy about driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. At GPK, if we suspect you are under the influence, we will ask you to take a breathalyzer test. We want you to be able to think and drive, not drink and drive.

As for the track, here are the rules that we have adopted from professional racing, all aimed at keeping you and your friends safe while you are enjoying  indoor go karting in Toronto at Grnad Prix Kartways.

1) Helmets, Clothes & Hair

Helmets are mandatory. Professional race associations have set standards for the type of helmet that is the safest that involves specific materials used and measurements. The helmets at GPK are top-of-the-line and meet all these specifications. Keep your helmet on at all times until you are back on the checkered floor. And make sure that if you have long hair, it is tied up above your shoulders, and any loose clothing is secured. Your hands and feet need to stay in the kart at all times as well.

Check out our explainer video on safety. ()

Watch our explainer video on Safety!

2) Track Marshalls

The first thing you will notice when you race at GPK are the Track Marshals. They have the authority to keep things running smoothly on our indoor tracks. The marshals will brief you on track rules during the Pre-Race Orientation. When on the track, never get out of your go kart unless a track marshal tells you to.

3) No Horseplay

Now, we know you want to win. But… you can’t do that by reckless driving, horseplay or breaking rules. So don’t bump, block or cut off other drivers. Take some time to watch our videos about how to corner and pass safely and smoothly when you’re go karting on Toronto’s best indoor go karting track. And if you do see a black flag, drive your kart to the pit slowly. If you break the rules, marshals enforce a 5-second slow penalty. If you continue to break rules, you will be asked to leave, with no refund given.

The rules are there for your safety. And a safe race is a fun race for everyone. Come see just how fun following the rules can be at GPK today!

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Go Karting in Toronto | Why become a member of GPK

75 Carl Hall Rd #9, Toronto, ON M3K 2B9, Canada

Go-Karting in Toronto

If you are into the exciting and exhilarating world of go karting in Toronto races, then there is no better way of nurturing that inner Schumacher in you than to be a member of Grand Prix Kartways. With your membership you will get VIP pricing discounts, access to members-only events, and loyalty points.

One of the more popular options here at GPK is the Unlimited Racing Pass which allows you to race in our amazing Formula One style race-course for the day. Not only that: while the public has to pay $62 for an all-day racing pass, our special club members only have to pay $49 for one day of go karting Toronto racing fun! Talk about getting the most bang for your money!

Aside from the all-day racing pass, our unlimited passes include all of the gear you’ll need to start racing safely. This includes a safe, genuine Italian-made electric go-kart that fits your size in addition to free use of a safety helmet and any additional safety equipment you may need – making sure that your go karting in Toronto experience is not only loads of fun, but safe for you and your family as well.

If you choose to join up and become a member of our exclusive GPK Mobile Member Club, not only do you get a day’s worth of go-kart racing for just under 50 dollars, you’ll get a special balaclava JUST FOR YOUR OWN USE! You can keep it for future visits and personalize it with your favorite stickers, quotations or colors.

Occasionally, GPK runs some amazing promotions, so if you are not yet signed up for our GPK Mobile Member club, then now is the time do so, and score some awesome, one-of-a-kind deals!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over at Grand Prix Kartways and sign up!

 

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Go Kart in Toronto | Purchasing Races?

If you’ve never done go kart racing in the past, you may not be familiar with how it all works. Questions on how to buy track time or how much it costs to do Go Kart Toronto may be on your mind. Don’t worry.  At Grand Prix Kartways, we make it easy to figure out and understand what might be in store for you.

Individuals or small groups of visitors are always welcome to enjoy GPK Go Kart Toronto during our public racing hours of operation.  Our “Arrive & Drive” public racing is available 7 days a week, with extended hours on weekends and holidays.  Unlike other go-karting facilities that sell track time by the lap, and then make you lineup to wait for your turn,  at GPK, public racing track time is purchased on a “per race” basis, with new races running every 10 minutes throughout the day.  When you arrive at our Front Desk and check in, you can decide how many races you would like to book into.  Each race you book into will run at a designated race time, so you don’t have to wait in lineups to get on the track.  Single, double, and unlimited racing passes are all available for you to choose from.  Our pricing is such that the more races you buy, the less you pay on a “per race” basis.   At GPK, an adult kart race ranges from 16-18 laps in duration, and junior kart races are12 laps.  Races are always “first to cross the finish line” style sessions, with authentic use of racing flags to monitor the race.

Grand Prix Kartways 75 Carl Hall Road Bay 3, Unit #9 Parc Downsview Park Toronto, ON Canada M3K 2B9 (647) 955-3884

Go Kart in Toronto

If you only have an hour or two to fill, then you may choose our single or double race passes for go kart Toronto. But if you have hours to burn, then our All-Day Unlimited Race Pass perfect for you.  Pay one flat rate fee and enjoy unlimited racing at GPK for 6 hours! And regardless of whether you decide on our single, double, or unlimited race passes, there’s always a deal to be had if you become a GPK member.  Memberships are valid for a full year, and offer discounts of up to 25% on public racing products.  You can also enroll in our Mobile Racers Club for exclusive deals and discounts on public racing that are not available in any other way.

Have a group of 10 or more and want to do something a little more private and structured than what public racing offers?  Then you’ll want to consider one of GPK’s private group event packages.  Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, a bachelor party, or a night out with your colleagues from work, we will have a package that meets your every need.  Our group event packages can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 200+ guests, provide  pre-reserved race times, private race sessions, and a “grand prix” structured race experience so you’ll feel like you’re competing in a professional race circuit.

So no matter what your budget, how large your group is, and how much time you have, we are sure to have a race package that is right for you.  So what are you waiting for? Visit us today and experience what makes GPK the best choice for go-karting in the city!

 

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Go Kart Toronto | Winter Fun in GPK’s Raceway



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Toronto Go Karting | GPK’s Holiday Fun for Everybody



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Celebrate Your Birthday with Indoor Go Karting in Toronto

Celebrate Your Birthday with Indoor Go Karting Toronto

Tired of throwing the same old birthday party every year? Or just looking for something fun to do for someone else’s party? If you’re in search of excitement, why not accelerate your party and head down to GPK for a one of a kind birthday at our indoor go karting in Toronto racetrack!

75 Carl Hall Rd #9, Toronto, ON M3K 2B9, Canada

Toronto Go Karting

Whether you’re planning on booking one of our Birthday Party packages or just coming out and having some fun, the GPK indoor go karting in Toronto track offers a unique entertainment opportunity for everyone, young or old.  With our genuine F1 style racetrack, Ferrari Go Karts and of course, the fastest speeds in the province, you’re sure to have fun with go karting in Toronto!

Standard Birthday Party Packages

If you’re with a large group then your most affordable option is to choose one of our standard pre-booked birthday party packages. GPK indoor go kart racing in Toronto birthday packages include private go kart racing sessions, reserved race times and 2 for 1 racing passes that we’ll distribute to your guests for use on future visits. Birthday party guests have access to party rooms, the GPK Kinected Interactive Centre, Mini Grid slot car racing and motorsport retail zone, all perfect complements to add even more excitement and fun to your already perfect day at GPK.

Does all of this sound great to you but think you might get hungry? Try adding one of our delicious meal packages to your party from our selection of kid or adult friendly menu options. Food is prepared on site from the freshest and finest quality ingredients by our in-house cooks.  Need something special? Contact us at GPK for a full list of available menu options and anything we can do to customize your food for your culinary needs or preferences.

Fun for All Ages

A race day at GPK offers a lot of excitement and exhilaration for everyone with indoor go karting in Toronto.  We also offer our guests a few more casual activities including slot car races, Kinected Interactive games and even a play center for younger kids! Children 120cm and up can race in our Junior Go Karts while kids and adults 130cm and up can race in our regular karts on separate race tracks.

If you’re afraid you’ll spend the evening making plans and arranging details, relax. Here at GPK we want your indoor go kart racing in Toronto birthday party to be fun and exciting. Our professional event planners will work with you and help you every step of the way so that you can have a party to remember for years to come without stressing out or spending your time planning. We’ll handle the details so you can rev your engine and start racing!

Visit indoor go karting in Toronto, Grand Prix Kartways today, or call us at (647) 955-3884 for more information.  Book a party, race your friends around the track or just scope out the venue for your future entertainment needs.

 

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