It wasn’t the go-karts you might have seen at amusement parks rolling this past weekend in Quesnel.
Dozens of karts squealed around the Quesnel go-kart tracks in a competitive race Sunday, May 15, by the Cariboo Kart Racing Association.
“It’s always a lot of fun,” said local kart racer Cole Parker.
“I’ve been doing it for 18 years now, so I’ve been here for a long time, got a lot of laughs and a lot of experience.”
The Sunday racing followed a day of practice on Saturday with lots of new and familiar faces of all ages.
Professional sprint car racer Jason Conn of Prince George was in attendance with his partner Ginny and their young children, Aiden and Jenna, who had hopped in the open, four-wheeled vehicles to race.
“All of it,” Aiden, 11, exclaimed about what he enjoyed most about go-kart racing.
Aiden started kart racing about three years ago.
His 8-year-old sister said she also had a lot of fun in her second competitive race.
The race was the first of four in the city.
They will return on June 18/19, August 20/21 and September 17/18.
“It’s nice to see people getting back into it finally,” Parker said.
“It used to be pretty big a while ago, but then it kind of fell off because people had their hobby priorities in other places, and now this is something cheap and fun to do, so a lot of people have picked up on it.”
Conn encourages others to give kart racing a try and bring their families out.
For more information, visit Cariboo Kart Racers on Facebook.
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