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New Member Spotlight - June 2016

Kingston Park Raceway

Kingston, Queensland, Australia

At Kingston Park Raceway, the focus is on real thrills and entertainment for all ages. Based in Kingston, Queensland, Australia, this karting attraction features three tracks, including a minature replica of a NASCAR circuit for kids. Since opening in 1997, owner Terry Skene has grown the facility from five employees running 10 cars, to a staff of 52 and 100 karts. The facility combines racing with rides and games for a full day of fun.

Skene has been involved in the Australian region of the industry for some time, serving as past director of AALARA. “I became a member of IAAPA because I wanted to expand my knowledge and contacts. We can become a bit isolated here in Australia, and I wanted to stay abreast of all the latest ideas and opportunities,” he says. “I saw my IAAPA membership as the best way of staying abreast of the trends in the market.”

  • When founded in 1997, it was Australia’s first commercially operated outdoor karting facility.
  • The main tracks are modeled after Le Mans and Monte Carlo racetracks.
  • A new app offers a digital dashboard on your phone that shows lap times, compares results with other drivers, and allows you to share info on social media.
  • The karts at the raceway collectively traveled 41,000 kilometers in March 2016.
  • The attraction designs and builds its own Predator Hire karts made of high-quality chrome moly steel to closely replicate racing products used around the world.
  • In one year, the motors will complete, on average, 730 hours or 43,000 laps around the racetracks.
  • The facility is also home to a series of rides, including “Scrambler,” “Gee Whiz,” “Super Slide,” and “Astro Cars.”
  • The kids’ Daytona track is 220 meters long and has banked corners and long straightaways  like a NASCAR track.
  • All cars have remote slow-down systems for safety.
  • The facility is located strategically 35 miles away from three major cities: Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Ipswitch.
  • The tracks can accommodate 60 cars at a time.