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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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Helmets, Your Protection in a Toronto Go-Karting Crash

Toronto Go-Karting is fast, it is furious, and it is full of excitement at every bend.

With every twist and turn comes the thrill of the race, as you try hard to gauge the apex of a corner while maintaining a decent speed. Safety is clearly important, and at GPK it is not something that we neglect. We make sure we provide the latest safety equipment, including top of the range helmets.

We have a video on the Safety Features of a Go-Kart. Check it out!

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Helmets are compulsory when Go Karting in Toronto.

Helmets are worn to protect you when you crash. Obviously they are compulsory when Go-Karting in Toronto, but you should also be sure to wear one whenever you ride a bike, motorcycle, or in any case that a collision or crash is possible. A helmet could well save your life.

How Do Helmets Work?

Helmets work in a very simple way. They contain a layer of high quality crushable foam, which absorbs most of the impact of a crash. This saves your skull, and quite possibly your brain from being damaged in a collision. The foam also serves to reduce the rotational force that could cause neck damage or spine damage.

The outer layer of the helmet is made from a hard plastic that is designed to skid easily across the surface, so that the impact is reduced to a less harmful skim, rather than a deep impact, or a painful jerk of the head in a particular direction.

As you may be beginning to realize, the simple protection that a helmet can provide is invaluable to your safety.

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Go-Kart crashes can happen anytime.

Remember… it is better not to crash in the first place, so be sure to drive responsibly.

 

Learn more about Toronto Go-Karting Safety rules here.
Helmets with visors, such as the ones that we provide at our Go-Karting racetrack in Toronto, provide protection against debris, or any other scraps that could fly in your face when you are driving at high speeds. Your eyes and face are safe, as long as the visor is always kept down.

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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.


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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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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.

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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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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Where In the World Is Toronto Go Karting Popular

Go Karting in Toronto is enjoyed millions of people even around the world.

It is impossible to pin down a race like Toronto Go Karting as being the national sport of a particular country, and like a lot of competitive activities, it has spread like wildfire during its evolution, and has crossed land and sea to take root wherever its wheels take it.

Where Did Toronto Go Karting Originate?

Where in the World is Toronto Go Karting Popular? |

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It is generally agreed that the Founding Father of Go Karting is Art Ingles, who manufactured the first kart in California, in 1956. It is the US that gets credit for the invention of the sport.

The trend spread rather quickly, and before long go-cart (then spelt with a “c”) tracks began to appear all around America. It was as if there was something innately appealing about the fast and exciting, nitty-gritty world of the Go kart.

America, the birthplace of the kart, was, therefore, the first place in the world where the sport became popular, but the trend was not to stop there. The manufacture of the karts improved, and by the late 1950s America had a dedicated kart manufacturing company, known humbly as Go Kart Manufacturing Co, as well as a specifically manufactured Go Kart engine; the McCulloch MC-10.

Go Karting Travels to Europe

The engine company took the concept of the Go Kart to Europe, where it gained an instant following and rapidly grew to become a very popular sport. Back then, tracks were often set up in the streets for race events, a format that is still very apparent in competitive outdoor karting, such as in the Junior Monaco World Cup, for example.

In the modern world, Go Karting has, naturally, spread to other continents, and can be found in most developed countries like Canada.

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Art Ingels, Founding Father of Go Karting, assembled the first ever go kart in 19563

Indoor Toronto Go Karting- The Second Wave Of Popularity

The second wave, and the one that carried the popularity of Toronto Go Karting the next level was the rise of indoor Go Karting, such as GPK’s Toronto Go Karting facility. They can now be found in most US cities, and in many cities across Europe, and are dotted around many other countries.

The indoor venues have changed the face of Go Karting and have escalated the popularity of the activity. No longer is Go Karting only enjoyed at the level of international and national competition. It is now enjoyed on a casual basis by children of all ages, teenagers, adults, males and females of all nationalities, and just about anyone who enjoys a bit of a rush of blood!

Watch our video on the History of Karting.

 

Indoor tracks provide the right measure of entertainment and competition and have increased the accessibility of Toronto Go Karting.

Indoor Karting is especially popular in the UK, where it exploded in the early 1990’s and reached outwards to Belgium, France, and Germany among other countries. It has taken off to some extent in the US, and here in Canada too.

For a clean, safe and exhilarating Toronto Go Karting experience, visit Grand Prix Kartways, where you can speed around one of the best Go Karting tracks in a race that will blow your senses.

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Go Karts in Toronto | Is Go Kart Racing Dangerous?



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Toronto Go Karting | Is GPK Family-Friendly?



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Toronto Go Karting | Is Racing at GPK Safe for Kids?

Toronto go-karting with your kids is a fun way of bonding with them. Not only is it fun, but also go-karting can be an educational sport for your kid. More importantly, it is completely safe to race with your child at Grand Prix Kartways’ tracks.

Toronto go-karting in Grand Prix Kartways can be fast, competitive and completely safe for your kids. All that zooming around can be scary-looking from the sidelines, but here at GPK, we take extra precautions to ensure that all racers are completely safe as they use our tracks.

Toronto Go Karting

Toronto Go Karting

First, we make sure that each racer is using the right-sized kart based on their height. The minimum height for an adult is 132 centimeters and he or she must be at least 16 years of age. For the junior karts, your kid must be at least 122 centimeters in height and 10 years of age. The minimum height requirement is to make sure that racers can properly reach and operate the gas and brake pedals of our go-karts.

Second, there is zero tolerance for driving under the influence. We also don’t allow drivers from blocking and bumping other drivers. Racers who break the rules on horseplay will be given a 5-second slow penalty. If they continue to break the rules, they will be asked to leave the track.

And lastly, Grand Prix Kartways has the latest state-of-the-art safety technology built-in to their tracks. Not only do we have a ‘remote shutoff’ that will shut down all karts instantly in an event of a pile up, we also provide 4-point harness seatbelts and D.O.T certified racing helmets for all the racers’ use.

All these safety precautionary measures are executed to make sure that you have nothing to worry about when you race around Grand Prix Kartways with your kids.  We are so safe that Toronto4Kids, a leading parenting and kids website in Toronto, includes GPK as the only Indoor go karting facility in their directories. So come on down at GPK and make that bonding time with your kid a fun time to remember!

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Go Karts in Toronto | Is Go Karting Dangerous?

Go Karting is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports in North America not just because of how much fun it is, but also because it’s an activity that almost anyone can participate in and enjoy.  However, one of the questions most asked by those looking to get into the sport is…“Is go-karting dangerous”?  Just like any sport, there are always inherent risks. However, here at GPK, your safety is our number one priority and we take every precaution possible to make sure you stay safe.

Here are the 3 reasons why go karts in Toronto racing at GPK is safe for the whole family:

1. We Check for “Fit”

Go Karts in Toronto

Go Karts in Toronto

At GPK, the first thing we always check before you enter the cockpit of one of our karts is that you are in the right sized kart for your height. We have both junior and senior sized karts with adjustable seating and pedal extenders so that we can properly ensure that you are strapped in just right and can appropriately reach the gas and brake pedals.  Being fitted in the right kart for your height and physical strength will improve your handling of the kart, and allow you to be as fast as you possibly could be.

2. A pre-race orientation is a requirement

It’s very difficult to perform your best if you’re not aware of the rules and regulations that you are expected to follow.  That’s why when you race at GPK, we require all drivers to participate in a quick pre-race briefing before they hit the track.  This briefing will not only cover important track rules and etiquette like no blocking, bumping or cutting off other racers, but will also convey important information on how to safely and properly operate your kart at every point throughout the race experience. Following the information that we provide you with in this briefing will not only keep you and everyone you share the track with safe, but will also ensure that you have the best experience imaginable.

3. State-of-the-Art Safety Technology

We at GPK have done our homework when it comes to go-karts in Toronto technology and safety protocols, and as such, have delivered you with the safest and most exhilarating product on the market.  The go-karts we operate are entirely electric, which means no fumes and no emissions.  They are also all equipped with “remote shutoff” capabilities, so we can control the speed of our karts or the power that goes to them with a push of a button on a hand-held remote.  This allows us to monitor races and ensure safety during critical driving situations. All of our karts also have 4-point harness seat belts, a 360 degree wrap-around poly-ethylene protective bumper system, and steering wheel bumper-pads that will keep you safe in case of a collision.  With all of this state-of-the-art technology surrounding you as you climb aboard, you can rest assured that you are as safe as can be behind the wheel of one of GPK’s karts.

So the next time someone tells you that they would like to try go-karting but are afraid it’s too dangerous, bring them to GPK to discover just how fun and safe go-karting can be!

 

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