When the Trans-Canada Highway Act of 1948 was passed, the system's designers envisioned a lawless, death-race arena where only the fastest could avoid being killed by mechanical gulls. Experience a thrilling fraction of this racing dream with today's Groupon: for $29, you get one single-day racing pass valid for a six-hour session (up to a $62 value) at Grand Prix Kartways on Carl Hall Road.
Visitors at Grand Prix Kartways jump inside high-speed Italian racing karts to zip around an enclosed track in an experience recently featured on Global TV. Each kart sports a professional-team paint scheme and spins its rapid rollers with a high-powered electric motor that keeps the air and the facility clean. Drivers vie for top pole position in Grand Prix's elaborate racetrack, brushing the edges of red and white street bumpers and gawking at painted cityscapes and audiences as well as roadside displays.
Grand Prix's 47,000-square-foot facility features a full-service café for gustatory pit stops, a VIP lounge with bar, and a vast arcade with billiard tables, foosball, air hockey, video games, and an eight-lane slot-car track, allowing thumb-sized participants a chance of miniature motor glory.
Grand Prix Kartways
Masked by opaque helmets, eight racers at a time tense up to counteract the G-force pressing them to the sides of their karts. As they approach the fastest sweeping turn on the course, The Catapult, they sharpen their focus in order to out-manoeuvre the other racers, their final position hanging in the balance. Grand Prix Kartways' 47,000-square-foot facility's alternating red and white barriers blur as electric, Italian-made karts accelerate into the last straightaway, cheered on by spectators watching from the VIP lounge. Once across the finish line, the competitors clear the track for the next race, using instant printouts of the results to compare placing, reveal who had the best lap times, and determine who was throwing all the koopa shells and banana peels. Between races, daredevils can relax and take a seat in the cushy trackside lounge equipped with leather couches, a restaurant menu, and a full bar. The arcade also offers a view of one of the track's hairpin curves between billiards shots, simulator races, and video games on Kinect-equipped Xbox 360 systems.
75 Carl Hall Rd.
Bay 3, Unit 9
Toronto, Ontario M3K 2B9