What is parenthood for if not for getting small children to hurtle around tarmac on a tin-framed incendiary devices on wheels? Friday morning saw the Clan arrive at the hidden gem that is Surbiton Raceway, which should really be called Worcester Park Raceway if location is anything to go by, just opposite the Hogsmill and with much excitement Miss Brinkster and Brinkster Junior donned overall and helmets and headed for the junior track. After paying a surprising amount of attention to a short safety briefing they took to the track for fifteen minutes of petrol-powered pleasure and as she swept past Miss Brinkster could just be heard exclaiming "I am mini-Stig!"
Time completed and adrenalin well and truly pumped we headed down the slope to the main track and Surbiton Raceway's real treasure.... the two-seater kart. This enabled me to take each of the small Brinksters around for a few laps and judging by the whooping and broad smiles it was a big success. We spent the rest of the day at Chessington World of Adventures and they still preferred the go karting.
Of the two tracks the Junior track is more technical and interesting though with the main track the big challenge is keeping your speed up and not scrubbing it off in the corners, particularly the higher speed corners. It's not a particularly cheap hobby, but then how many are, but if it's the kind of thing that takes your fancy and/or you want to introduce your kids to it then Surbiton Raceway is a great place to start.
Pardon the music. I thought it'd be better than background chatter and kart engines