TOUR OF: CENTURY KARTING, CANAL WALK
Review & photos:
| Canal Walk Shopping Mall parking lot, Century
CENTURY KARTING TELEPHONE NUMBER: 021 525
Faizal Jacobs and his dad took over Kenilworth Karting a few years
back, they transformed the dying business into the thriving and
entertaining grassroots motorsport stage that it is today. They
rebuilt the name and image of Kenilworth Karting so much so that
Canal Walk Shopping Mall stood up and noticed the gap they had
in the market with their go kart facility, which was closed down
due to a law suit regarding negligence from the previous owners.
Canal Walk approached Faizal and his dad to get the go kart track
back on pole position again and since then it’s been a battle
against the clock for the Jacobs duo. But just like in any reality
show, the job gets done sooner or later. Century Karting has been
on the tips of everyone’s tongue for the last few months
and with any endeavor that starts from scratch, I say scratch
because the whole venue was broken and torn down and basically
rebuilt again, they had their delays. But the time has finally
come when we can announce that Century Karting will be opening
their doors to the public today, the 17th of August 2012 at 2PM.
With the Jacobs family having the right experience in the industry
for the last few years, they have rebuilt Century Karting into
the marvel that you all will soon experience. Brand new go karts,
brand new everything. The track layout has been changed also as
well as the general area inside the venue. We thought we’d
give you guys a tour of the place. (I just can’t wait for
league to start again!) Check it out below…
This is the main entrance. It’s been improved with larger
sliding doors which allow more visibility in and out of the track.
They have also included a corner display area where Faizal and
Waheed's 125cc Superkarts are currently parked.
might look all shiny and cute... but they will rip your head off!
125cc Superkarts... 6 speed gear box, runs on Avgas racing fuel,
these bad boys will outrun most cars around the track. You can
watch them in action at the monthly short circuit regional race
meeting at Killarney Raceway.
Walking in through the sliding doors, you are immediately greeted
by the sheer size of this circuit. There also just happens to
be a Class A GTi Challenge race car of Faizal Jacobs with matching
Century Karting/Kenilworth Karting decals parked inside.
So you think you can race? Get to know your flags! Large signage
is on either side of the entrance doors. You can’t say you
never saw it when you get black flagged for driving like a monkey!
is where you need to go if you want to book a race. The "famous"
ticket office! Prices can be seen alongside the window.
A closer look at this Class A GTi Challenge VW Polo which is piloted
by owner Faizal Jacobs. A great opportunity for the kids to see
a real race car in the metal. They might even get a chance to
sit in it for a photo. Watch Faizal in action every regional race
meeting at Killarney Raceway.
the left of the entrance is the waiting/spectator area where pool
tables, grand stands and games can be found. This is also the
way to the pits, where you will need to be if you are going to
Pit area parking for karts and the briefing/waiting area on the
left. This is where you should find your helmets.
the pits and proceed around the corner to the start line.
This is race control, where the race director will sit and communicate
with the rest of the track marshals as he overlooks the race with
his numerous monitors/equipment inside. Careful guys, big brother
is always watching!
Mulsanne straight (Le Mans) as I like to call it because it’s
so long! It gets even longer due to the sweeping bend which leads
onto this. But more of that in a bit.
This is at the end of the long straight. It hard on the brakes
going into a 90 left which then enters the S bends past the workshop.
Some of the brand new karts are parked at the entrance of the
four S bends. The workshop can be found on the right of this.
The end of the workshop S bends which enters the pit entrance
Looking back at the workshop S bends, spectators have a viewing
area right in the middle of the track getting them up close and
right in the middle of the action giving them that "on track"
entrance. Remember to slow down if you're going to enter, if not
this is more or less where you start giving full throttle to build
up onto that long main straight.
is after you pass the pit entrance and the grand stands and pool
tables which we saw earlier are behind you now. This is the sweeping
bend which takes you onto the main straight and over the traps.
Remember there’s a 90 left at the end of the straight. Hard
on the brakes, and do it all over again!
Who will be setting the new lap records here...
Last minute tweaking, preping and cleaning happening in the workshop
before the doors are opened to the public.
A marshal does some testing on a new kart while laying some rubber
down onto the new asphalt!
Another marshal cleans some dirt off the sticky rubber from the
brand new track.
Mr Jacobs Snr aka "Papa Smurf" getting involved and
helping to clean up before the big open. Goes to show the type
of people who you will be dealing with here.
rules displayed again. No excuses guys!
The passage way along the main straight. On the right is the eating
area where you can sit, relax and watch the entire race. The toilets
can also be found down this passage for those who suffer from
the infamous "nervous pee".
Just like at Kenilworth Karting, monitors with all the race information
like lap times, positions, race time etc can be found all along
the perimeter of the track keeping everyone in touch with what’s
going on track side.
That's basically how I can best describe and illustrate this awesome
new venue for now. I will be doing some laps soon enough and I
will be posting the onboard video with my analysis of that. Be
sure to stay tuned to check that out. For now you can browse the
rest of the pics below to get a better feel. Also find some details
of their opening specials so dont miss out on that...
Karting will officially open today 17 August 2012 at 2pm,we are
situated on the Eastern Mezzanine Level Canal Walk. Opening Half
Price Special on 10,15 & 20 lap races on Friday 2pm-11pm,
Saturday & Sunday from 9am-5pm. Trading hours will be till
11pm. For more info contact Faizal on 0823555111 or bb pin 2934118D.
more info on karting be sure to check out www.karting.co.za