One of the many questions my daughter asks me is ‘what is driving like?’ I began to wonder how she could get a taste of what it’s like to be behind the wheel (legally!) and then it hit me - Let’s go go-karting! Then the questions started rolling through my mind…. Is it safe? Is she old enough? Do I even have the guts to drive fast on a race track myself? Well after a day at Mega Fast Karts I can tell you the answer to all three of those questions is YES!
Mega Fast Karts prides itself on being Perth’s most authentic go-karting experience. They operate on proper competition racing tracks located at the Wanneroo International Kartway and Cockburn International Raceway. They have karting options that cater for kids as young as 5 all the way up to adults, who like to put their pedal to the metal. We went to the Wanneroo track and were met by owner Aaron Thompson and his highly experienced team who explained what kart options were available for each age group.
Kids in Perth team members Mike, Nigel and Nigel’s son Nate were also joining in on the action. First up we were fitted with helmets and supplied Covid-safe balaclavas to wear underneath. Then one of the friendly staff members talked us through the track layout, advised which points we need brake, and other general safety tips. He made sure that all of our questions were answered and that everyone felt comfortable and confident to get onto the track. Once we were all satisfied that we knew what to expect, we trooped onto the track and got into our karts. Mike and I each climbed into a Senior Kart, my daughter jumped into a Junior Kart, and Nigel and Nate boarded a dual kart. Our helmets and harnesses were checked by staff and they made sure everyone knew which pedal was which (safety is a top priority!) before we hit the track. Then we were off!
You get ten minutes on the track per race – so you have plenty of time to get a feel of the track before putting your foot down. I took comfort in the fact that there are sand bunkers next to the tighter corners, so if you do take it too fast and drift off the track or spin out of control the sand should bring you to a stop safely. If you can’t drive your kart back onto the track, all you need to do is raise your hand a staff member will promptly come out to help you.
This was my first time karting and I personally found that once I got comfortable enough to pick up speed it was super exhilarating - I can see how people can get hooked! My daughter felt the same way and is looking forward to coming back and trying the Senior Kart when she is old enough. All of the Kids in Perth crew had an awesome time, including young Nate who had a big smile on his face under his helmet.
If you haven’t been go-karting before but are interested in giving it a try – I say ‘go for it!’ It’s a super fun experience that everyone can enjoy – and kids love the opportunity to be in control of a fast-moving vehicle!
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Go-Karting Do’s and Don’ts
Do wear sun cream!
It can get hot out there on the track and it only takes ten minutes of sun exposure to get burnt.
Don’t wear a singlet
I did and realised it was a mistake as soon as I got into the kart. Those seats sure can heat up on a hot summer’s day! Wear a t-shirt
Do wear enclosed shoes
If your toes are exposed then you won’t be able to kart. Wear sneakers
Do brake at the corners
Drop your speed as you approach sharp corners to minimise your chance of spinning out of control
Don’t be complacent
Make sure you listen to and understand all of the instructions given. Yes the karts are safe, but they are still a powerful vehicle that you need to treat with respect
Call ahead or DM first
Don’t just rock up expecting they will have a spot available for you as they book up quickly. Call ahead to find out their availabilities and they’ll book you in over the phone.
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Quick Competition Link
For a chance to experience go-karting at Mega Fast Karts, click on the button below to be taken to the competition giveaway published on Kids In Perth's facebook page.
Competition Ends 24 May 2021
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