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Organising My Karting Party: A Case Study

By: Kate Simpson BA, MA - Updated: 14 May 2010 | comments*Discuss
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Karting parties offer an accessible opportunity to try your hand at karting. From stag and hen events, to birthday celebrations and corporate excursions, a karting party seems to be a key choice for those looking for a memorable, exhilarating and unusual experience. Susan Lane organised a karting day as a hen party for her best friend Katy. We caught up with her to hear how it went.

Q. What gave you the idea to plan a karting day for Katy and her friends?

A. It all stemmed from thinking about Katy’s personality, to be honest. She is a fun-loving, energetic and down to earth woman. I knew that a conventional night out with too much alcohol and too few clothes wouldn’t be her cup of tea. Plus, her and her fiancé are huge Formula 1 fans. I wanted to plan something meaningful that would also surprise and please Katy. I hope I succeeded!

Q. How many of you were there and what was the cost?

A. The cost came in at just under £50 each. We each paid for ourselves and split the cost of Katy’s place between us. There were ten of us in total, which was excellent because it upped the rivalry. I was anxious for everyone to enjoy themselves but as soon as we arrived all of us were excited and raring to go. It’s amazing how karting appeals to so many different people. For example, Katy’s mum, a keen knitter, seemed to have more fun than all of us.

Q. How long were you at the venue for?

A. We were there for about two hours. That included a safety talk, getting kitted up, a few practice laps and a series of short races. It was an expensive couple of hours but definitely worth it on such an important occasion.

Q. How did you book your party’s karting session?

A. I bought karting vouchers through a website that offers a variety of experience and party days. Upon booking, I had to specify our preferred location. The vouchers were posted to me and then I booked a date and time with the karting centre I’d chosen. Next time, I’d definitely book directly with the karting centre to save time and money. Also, those at the centre are the experts and can offer lots of advice in advance.

Q. What knowledge would you pass on to others thinking of organising a karting party?

A. First of all, you should check the restrictions and requirements of the karting centre. Some only provide racing on certain days and prices can vary between the working week and the weekend. Centres also have height restrictions and drivers need to be in reasonable health. Be sure to check that all the members of your party are safe to drive. Other than that, I’d advise just letting go and going for it. Karting is nerve-wracking but when you’re with a big group of friends it’s a fun, bonding experience that can’t be found elsewhere.

Following their white-knuckle two hours karting, Susan, Katy and friends retired to a nearby restaurant to continue the celebrations and share their karting experiences. Their story goes to show that a karting party can cater for all, providing high speed entertainment, special memories and something exciting to discuss over a drink or two at the end of the day.

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