This post is part of a series on Bahrain’s tourist attractions, notable places of interest, and just about everything I love about the island. Bahrain has been home to me since 2007.
Once upon a time, The Thursday group went crazy.
On karting. 🙂
It all started in Feb 2010. My work colleague Kuya Marlon kept yakking about Gulf Speed One weekends with his family and encouraged my group to give it a try.
He said we should give weekend drinking sessions a rest and go karting instead. = p
And so one Friday afternoon, we just found ourselves behind Bahrain City Center, Seef District – where Gulf Speed One is located.
Kuya Marlon was indeed there, with his whole family! Brothers, sisters-in-law, teen children. Okay, they have a big family based in Bahrain. Awesome lah? I wish my family were together too. Haist.
Gulf Speed One has a simple, yet practical set up. Ample parking space, entrance gate leading to the container – ticket booth – snack bar, garage, a top deck set up for viewing, and the race track of course.
Ok, practical karting dress code means shirts and jeans and no eye glasses (wear ur contacts instead). However this is not so strict that they let me when I was wearing skirt one time (one of our spontaneous, tara let’s go kart weekends, but yes it was a bit uncomfortable). Meanwhile, Jolut and Jinkee had their eyeglasses “smashed” during one of our “fun races” as they weren’t wearing contacts that time. Exciting lah?! Hehe.
The karting craze really hit Pinoys in Bahrain to competitive levcls, bongga!
In Apr 2010, the 1st Pinoy Karting Championships was held and siempre, nood kami to support our friends who braved several events. Singles, doubles, endurance racing, et al.
Siempre, join sina Kuya Marlon, he was part of Aimee Racing Team with friend Kuya Jerry. Then his brother Kuya Jon, Joel & Martin were with Team Dota. Kuya Dwight was with Team KIB. And our tough princess Marj was with Team BISDAK. Ayos! Daming teams to cheer! 🙂
In no time, it was signaled for the endurance race to start!
That was just the first of many competitions our friends joined. Next came 1st Ambassador Pinoy Cup, 2nd Pinoy Karting Championships Two Hour Endurance Race, et al. Supportive kami lah! 🙂
And we joined them during their practice sessions, para feel na feel nila maraming karts sa track, but of course we are “slower” than them hehehe!
I cannot count how many times we went for “practice sessions.” Looking back, I can just say it was magastos (costly) well, if you sum it up 🙂 but the fun we had, it was all worth it I suppose. This was definitely better than bump cars in Adhari Park, hehehe!
Well, as we matured (pak!) the karting craze had subdued a bit. After the 2011 Championships we’ve went back to drinking. LOL I don’t know when we’d get hooked again. 🙂
For more information on Gulf Speed One’s schedule & services, please click: http://gulfspeedone.com/
NB: Aside from Gulf Speed One, there are also karting race tracks in Adhari Park and the relatively new Viva Karting track in Bahrain International Circuit (Sakhir) – which my friend & former Balexco colleague Irene keep telling me “Let’s go sa winter Ate!” The guys – Nabeel, Cyrus braving the heat, already started spending weekends there…
Hence I feel, the craze is about to start all over again… 🙂