It’s well established that Nick and I enjoy driving things – cars, trucks, four-wheelers, you name it. So when Chelsea gave us a joint Christmas gift last year to visit a racing kart track in New Jersey, let’s say it was one of the highlights of the holiday.
Now that doesn’t mean we rushed right out to redeem the gift. In fact, the passes she had bought for us were due to expire at the end of this month. We just don’t rush into things around here, you know. (Yeah, right!) Last Saturday, following the Human Chess game, Nick and I made the drive over to Millville, New Jersey, home of the New Jersey Motorsports Park, to see if we could cut it as champion race drivers.
We have driven go-karts at the boardwalk before, and always had a blast. These karts are another story. Built with larger engines and much more serious handling equipment. They are capable of going up to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) – so we had to wear lots of safety gear to get behind the wheel:
The guys at the track assured us that we would be very safe behind the wheel, and indeed we never saw any serious incidents during the time we were there. Although the karts go fast, they are very low to the ground, and the course is laid out so that you can’t really hit anything other than each other, and bumping your opponents is strictly forbidden.
We drove in two races Saturday afternoon. The first time around, we really had to learn a lot – get a feel for the course and the kart. The first thing I said to Nick coming out of the first race was, “Wow, that was fast.” Nick said, “Yeah, I was really scared.”
Second time out, both of us were much more comfortable and confident. We also happened to be in with a group of inexperienced drivers the second time – during the first race it felt like we were on the track with a bunch of Indy car drivers who were relaxing on the weekend with some speed demon kart racing. In the second race we actually got to pass other drivers and learn how to jockey for position in groups of karts. We had an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back.
I’ll be very busy with work this coming week, so the blog will need to take an autumn holiday. Join us here again for the end of October and one of our very favorite days of the year – Halloween. Happy weekend!