By Alan Winter
An official launch event with invited guests was held at Verey Road in Dunstable today. The occasion was the opening of TeamSports 21st Go Karting venue in the UK. Among the attendees were Perry McCarthy (the original Stig), CBC Councillor Nigel Young (Executive Member for Regeneration), Cllr John Kane (Deputy Mayor of Dunstable Town Council), and Cllr Joanna Hillyard (Mayor of Houghton Regis).
Guests were treated to two 15 minute track sessions, and being one of the guests, I can tell you that for a first timer, I felt it very exhilarating to be flying around the multi-level track at up to 40mph. I thought I was doing okay following The Stig, then he put his hand up giving the all-clear for everyone to go faster, and I got left behind a bit. If anything, I'm a bit miffed that Cllr Young had slightly faster lap times than me. I guess I drive like a sedate pensioner.
The Stig, from BBC Two show Top Gear, had fastest on the time on track this morning, but even his time wasn't the fastest so far recorded at the new venue which has been unofficially open for a week. Already, the company say they are off to a flying start with bookings that have kept them fully open.
Facilities at the track include meeting facilities, private party rooms, and 'Fuel - a fully licenced snack bar serving up a range of rustic pizzas, baguettes and refreshing drinks, just right for quenching a thirst worked up over a few fast laps around the track.
Drivers are fully kitted up in overalls, balaclavas, gloves and helmets, and given a pep talk on rules and driving practice before being allowed to race. All visitors to TeamSport can expect an awesome time, where fun is guaranteed. Newbies, seasoned pros and cadet karters aspiring to be F1 drivers are offered a range of race events making karting available to everyone looking for an adrenaline fuelled fun day out.
|Steve Evans from TeamSport gives a pep talk to assembled guests.|
|Perry McCarthy - The original Stig - gives a few driving tips|
|"You drive this way", says Perry.|
|Cllr Nigel Young delivers a few key points about Regeneration of the local economy and welcomes TeamSport to Dunstable|
Dominic Gaynor, MD of TeamSport Karting, said, "We're very excited to be opening in Dunstable. It's a thriving town and we're looking forward to welcoming Bedfordshire residents and visitors to our new centre to experience the fun that karting brings."
Speeds on the track can get up to 40mph.
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Mayor of Houghton Regis, Cllr Joanna Hillyard, attended the event and took part in racing with her daughter who is one of her consorts for this year. "It's so fast", she said, "and lots of fun!"
|Award ceremony for the fastest times during the opening day event, presentations by Cllr Joanna Hillyard.|
To coincide with the opening of the Dunstable track there is an opening offer of £25 per person on selected events which is valid until the end of June.
To find out more head over to https://www.team-sport.co.uk/go-karting-dunstable/
|" I'm a bit miffed that Cllr Young had slightly faster lap times than me. I guess I drive like a sedate pensioner. " - Alan Winter.|