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GPK Super Summer Camp 2017 | The Best Toronto Summer Camp

This is the Toronto Summer Camp that your kid's won't stop talking about!

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Your kid’s most anticipated Toronto Summer Camp is now open for registration, with spots still available for July and August sessions

GPK’s week-long Toronto Summer Camp program runs from 8:30am to 4pm daily, and is structured around programming for children between the ages of 9 and 15 (all participants must meet a minimum height requirement of approximately 50 inches).

We provide a safe and structured Toronto Summer Camp environment that will keep the kids exhilarated and entertained from start to finish.  Featuring both in-class and on-track instruction, children will not only learn the techniques of racing, but will also develop useful tools and skills that are transferable for road driving.  They will also participate in a number of other non-racing activities throughout the week including laser tag, slot car racing, and interactive gaming, which will offer a balance and variety to the program.  And best of all, we will provide all participants with a hot lunch, along with morning and afternoon snacks and beverages each day, so you won’t have to worry about a thing!

If your child hasn’t participated in a GPK Toronto Summer Camp before, you won’t want to miss out on this year’s Super Summer Camp.  It’s only $289 + tax for the full week—that’s less than $60 a day! For more information and to enroll online today, please click HERE, or contact us at 416-638-5278 or info@gpkartways.com

Spaces are limited, so register today for Toronto's Best Summer Camp!

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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.

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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.

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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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Karting Extremes Series: Electric Vs Petrol

The debate about which type of Toronto go-karts are best rages on.

Is it better to take an adrenaline packed journey in a gas powered go-kart, or an electric one? Which one brings the best experience? On the one hand there is the big and mighty gas engine machines, and on the other hand the crafty and nimble electric go-karts.

We would have to say that as far as adrenaline packed recreational go-karting is concerned, this one is a bit of a no-brainer…

Petrol heads gather round.

This may be a difficult lesson to take in. Electric go-karts are superior to petrol ones in nearly every way, especially on the exciting twisty and turny high speed indoor go-karting tracks like GPK in Toronto.

More traditional go-kart enthusiasts will likely jump to defend the petrol karts to the bitter end. They may claim that the petrol go-kart is faster, and that it gives a more exhilarating and raw feeling. Each to their own, but we could make a pretty convincing argument as to why the electric kart is actually better.

In truth, the only advantage of a petrol go-kart in this day and age is the noise it makes. Some people like that deep growl. Other people think it’s really annoying to have to listen to while they are trying to spectate. It seems that die-hard fans of the petrol kart must enjoy the rush they get from the noise and the fumes more than they enjoy the rush of the race itself!

We have thought a lot about the choice of vehicles that we use down at our Toronto Go-Karting track. We have tried and tested, and we have done our research, and we firmly believe in the electric kart. Here is why…

 

I Thought Petrol Meant Fast?

A common misconception is that a petrol powered kart is automatically faster than an electric one. Maybe, once upon a time when electric karts were in their advent, petrol karts would have been faster. They may have even been more reliable, and have better handling. That is no longer true.

 

Modern electric karts can be just as fast, if not faster than gas powered ones.

A gas powered go-kart is typically between 6.5-9HP, and has a combustible two stroke engine, similar to that of a lawnmower.

That means there’s a lot of power in those batteries and a lot of potential in electric vehicles. Jamie: With electrics, you generate a fraction of the pollution per mile that you do with gas vehicles–without any sacrifice to those of us in a hurry. – Jamie Hyneman of MythBusters: Popular Science

The electric karts that we have here at Grand Prix Kartways Toronto, are 20HP electric engines. The electric karts does weigh a little more, and the top speeds are around the same as what you would expect off a gas model.

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Electric Go Karts

Performance-wise, electric go-karts are Superior.

With an electric kart there are no RPMs. When you put your foot down, you get speed straight away. This faster acceleration makes the electric karts much more fast and furious when it comes to courses with lots of sharp bends and turns, such as the one at our Toronto Go-Karting track. Top speed can be reached in just 3 seconds.

Overall, the electric karts give a better experience to those behind the wheel. Better handling. Faster acceleration out of corners. A more raunchy and speedy race. And of course, less toxic fumes in your face all of the time.

Healthy, Happy Racing

Pretty extreme. Suddenly ‘enjoying the sound of a petrol engine’ doesn’t seem like a great excuse anymore.

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Toronto Go-Karts

Electric go-karts in Toronto give out absolutely no emissions. This leaves the racetrack, and the whole facility, completely free from harmful and unpleasant smog and pollution. Electric cars are nice and quiet, and still pack a punch that leaves you rushing for more race time!

Safety is also improved when electric cars are used. The track remains free of oil that could otherwise cause skids. There is much less risk of engine overheating or fires. We can even remotely control top speeds on the track, or cut off engines in the event of a problem.

This is always important for concerned parents to know,
but it also enhances the go-karting experience too, and allows you to focus more on the track and the other racers. With electric go-karts you can just zoom on up and have some fun!

Summary
At Grand Prix Kartways we truly believe that the electric kart is far superior. They give a better experience for the driver, for the spectator, and they are better for the environment too. That is why we use the latest and greatest electric go-karts on the market are at the Go-Karting facility of Grand Prix Kartways in Toronto .

Come along today and experience a highly adrenaline packed day out that you will never forget!

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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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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.

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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!

Looking for other exciting packages at Grand Prix Kartways?

 

 

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4 Things Kids Learn from Indoor Go Karting

Did you know that an estimated 39% of teens fail their first driving test?

Unfortunately that also translates into the fact that fewer kids can drive well, meaning they aren’t as safe on roads and in vehicles.

But you can help to even the odds! Studies show that indoor go karting while young can help improve kids’ driving skills long before they’re even ready to drive a real car.

Ready?

Indoor Go Karting Improves Motor Skills

Indoor Go Karting Improves Motor Skills

If your teen is ready to start driving, you won’t even be able to help them practice until they get a learners permit. While you should definitely take them out once they get their permit, you can think about taking your kids to Go Kart in Toronto races to prep their driving skills!

Improve Motor Skills

Studies actually show that go karts can improve motor skills. In fact, some educational institutions see go karting as an educational sport that enhances motor skills. With this in mind, a Go Kart Toronto race might seem like a great idea. At GPK, your child will learn to use the steering wheel, gas pedal, and most importantly, learn how they function before ever getting behind the wheel of a real car. Your child will learn the basics of driving in a safe, indoor fun environment!

Learn the Rules of the Road

Observance of our road rules protects life: yours and of others

Observance of our road rules protects life: yours and of others

While you won’t learn about passing signs or the complexities of whether or not you can turn left at GPK, we will teach your kids basic

road rules including driving politely, learning to pass other drivers and respecting other drivers, obeying the rules of the road and specially about using cell phones while driving.

There had been numerous documentations and campaigns from various Canadian organizations against texting while driving specially with the younger ones. Some are too graphic, it will turn your stomach upside down. The road in real life is a scary place. But if these drivers are equipped early on safety and responsibility, road accidents and unnecessary loss of life can be avoided.

Boost your road confidence! Practice your driving in our indoor go karts

Self-confidence allows clarity and better judgment when driving

Increase Confidence behind the Wheel

You probably remember the first time you drove, you probably weren’t very confident. You can give your kids the edge they need to succeed by letting them get comfortable behind the wheel! Your kids can learn and realize how much fun driving can be if they respect it and drive safely.

Bond with Your Kids

Be the Coolest Mom or Dad! Bond with your Kids at GPK!

Indoor go karting allows quality time between you and your kids

Let’s face it, life can get pretty hectic sometimes and you might not always have the time you want to go out and do fun stuff with your kids. Taking a trip to GPK’s indoor go karting race track could be just the thing to spark up a bond. You’ll be your kid’s coolest mom or dad by the end of the day!

While learning to drive a Go Kart won’t teach your kids everything they need to know about driving, it will certainly get them ahead of not knowing anything at all! Best of all, you and your family can have a blast while you learn!

Visit us at Grand Prix Kartways to take your kid out on an exhilarating race around our genuine F1 style racetrack on Ferrari Go Karts!

 

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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?

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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.

We accept pre-reserved event packages for groups. Call us!

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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.

Video: Where is Toronto Go Karting Popular?

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Do Only Experienced Racers Enjoy Go Karting in Toronto

At Grand Prix Kartways, you don’t need to be an experienced karter to enjoy Go Karting in Toronto.

What you do need is the urge to have fun!

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

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

Indoor karting is a unique and exciting experience that will get your adrenaline running. It’s the perfect occasion, and excuse, to just have some fun!

We provide a race-themed experience, from racing uniforms to gloves. We’ve the best in the industry go karts: the electric powered EK-5N-DR and EK-Mini. We’ve got the best track in town and a staff dedicated to making sure your time here is unforgettable. What more can you ask for?

 

We’ve got you covered

Don’t worry, we’ll provide you with everything you need to have an amazing time. From the moment you arrive,

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Toronto Go Karting Helmets

we’ll make you feel as though you are participating in a real race. From racing uniforms and gloves to track marshals observing every race, Toronto Go Karting at Grand Prix Kartways only provides the most authentic racing experience.

The Track

Grand Prix Kartways Formula 1 style indoor road course was designed to provide elements that will challenge and exhilarate any driver. We’ve got hairpins, chicanes, short, medium, and long turns, and two straightaways, complete with panoramic views, grass infields, lamp posts, fountains, street signs, and so much more in our kart racing in Toronto!

Competition and Community

At Grand Prix Kartways, we aim to foster the spirit of competition alongside a deep sense of community. We’ve created an environment where everybody, from newcomer to expert can develop discipline and master driving abilities such as swift reaction timing and safe passing habits. At GPK, you’ll be able to compete in a safe and structured environment, with remote control governed karts that limit their top speed or stop karts to prevent collissions.

We have got weekly races and tournaments and offer a variety of race leagues to satisfy all levels of go-karters. Each series features trophies, awards, prizes and banquets.

Race ‘till you Drop!

At Grand Prix Kartways, there are many ways for you to enjoy go-karting. Whether you come alone or with a group of friends, there is no shortage of options to satisfy your need for speed!

We have many racing packages available: single or double racing packages, and even offer a single-rate day pass option, where you can lap the track to your heart’s content.

Relax!

Take a break from racing to socialize at our track side Cafe and VIP Lounges.

The Pit Zone Café offers a variety of fast foods, snacks, and beverages, perfect to fill the void and keep you ready to race.  The track-side bistro-style tables will give you a perfect view of the lanes and sweeping turns.

The Nitro Zone Lounge provides luxury seating and a fully serviced bar, promising a comfortable break from the spirited racing. Watch some live racing or your favorite sporting events on our big screen TV’s. Maybe even browse our dedicated retail merchandise store

The Kart Racing in Toronto Experience

So come and get involved in kart racing. It will be an experience you will never forget. The Checkered Flag is waiting for you!


Come and race to the finish with us!

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