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 his son joined in the action.
First, we were fitted with helmets and supplied Covid-safe balaclavas to wear underneath.
One of the friendly staff members then talked us through the track layout, advised us on where to brake and general safety tips. He made sure all of our questions were answered and everyone felt comfortable and confident to get onto the track.
Once everyone was prepared and ready, we trooped onto the track and got into our karts. Mike and I each climbed into a Senior Kart while my daughter jumped into a Junior Kart, meanwhile, Nigel and Nate got onto a dual kart. With our helmets and harnesses checked one last time by staff, making sure everyone knew which pedal was which (safety is a top priority!)... we hit the track!
Every session offers ten minutes of track time – That's plenty of time to both get a feel for the track before putting your foot down.
I took comfort in the fact that there are sand bunkers next to tighter corners, so if you do take it too fast or spin out of control, the sand will bring you to a safe stop.
If you can’t drive your kart back onto the track, simply raise your hand and a staff member will promptly help you.
Being my first time karting, once I got comfortable picking up speed, it was super exhilarating - I can see how people can get hooked! My daughter felt the same way, she's really looking forward to coming back and trying the Senior Kart when she's older. Everyone had an awesome time, including Nigel's son who had a big smile on his face at the end of the day.
If you haven’t been go-karting, I say ‘go for it!’
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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.
Alternatively, use the Facebook Messenger chat widgets on the right side of this page to get in touch directly with either their Wanneroo or Cockburn locations.
Plan your family go-karting experience here.
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