Go-karts allow people to experience the thrill of driving without having to hear radio ads for pungent soaps or look at four empty seats that remind them of the time someone stole their family of mannequins. Keep thrills pure with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of racing experience at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix in Allentown.
Lehigh Valley Grand Prix's fleet of go-karts zips drivers around a quarter-mile racetrack kinked with 11 brake-stomping turns. Riders secure noggins in shell-like helmets and hands in track-issued oven mitts before embarking on an Arrive N' Drive race ($24 for adults; $22 for juniors) aboard a Sodi GT5 Proline kart, which nudges speedometers up to 45 miles per hour. Drivers under 16 years of age drift through hairpins at the helm of one of the track’s kid karts. For multiple cracks at breaking the land-speed barrier, guests can use today’s Groupon toward an annual membership ($30) to relish discounted race prices or spring for a month-to-month VIP membership ($30 for first month; $15 per remaining month) good for two free races per month (additional races $12) and 10% off parties, merchandise, and leagues. The speedsmiths’ full-time mechanic keeps finish lines crowded by calibrating karts to run within three-tenths of a second of one another and hanging hundreds of piñatas from the checkered flag.
Lehigh Valley Grand Prix
In a go kart, you're much closer to the source of horsepower than when you're riding in a car. All that invisible force leaps to life when you hit the accelerator, gently pushing you back into the seat. Drivers at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix feel that pull as they whip around a quarter-mile racetrack in gas-powered Sodi GT5 Proline karts. They slip past one another while making 11 brake-stomping turns, all with a vantage point not afforded by watching races on TV.
The karts feature air-intake units that trap their exhaust and keep the atmosphere fresh, and the track—constructed from 1,300 used Goodyear tires and the shredded remains of Mario Andretti's learner's permit—is outfitted with three observation platforms for track marshals to regulate each lap and guarantee riders' safety. Three-point safety belts, roll bars, helmets, and neck braces also protect racers during their white-knuckle trips around the track. A full-time mechanic keeps finish lines crowded by calibrating karts to run within three-tenths of a second of one another and hanging hundreds of piñatas from the checkered flag. At the facility's bar, Octane, racers can refuel with drinks and food while watching stock-car races on the five 42-inch TVs.