By Ruben Lowman
Get your motors runnin’.
Instead of heading out on the highway, residents and visitors of North Myrtle Beach can now look no further than Main Street for the thrill of the race, as a new go-kart track opened in the former Bi-Lo shopping center.
K1 Speed Myrtle Beach officially opened this week, after unveiling with a soft opening over the previous weekend to build up the suspense for the latest attraction to the city. It offers a unique upscale entertainment concept for casual consumers, racing enthusiasts and corporate or group events. In addition to the state of the art electric go-karts, the new venue features a professionally designed track, the safest barriers, a Paddock Lounge eatery, a gaming area and a private event space for parties and functions.
K1 Speed is the world’s premier indoor go-kart racing operator, with an emphasis on thrilling rides that are sure to have drivers on the edge of their seats. The new track is the only indoor all-electric go-kart track in the area, with their Superleggero karts for adults and teens having been clocked at 45 miles per hour, which makes them the fastest available throughout the Grand Strand. K1 also has junior karts for kids which can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.
The entertainment continues off-track for riders as the venue has a specially-themed gaming area, which includes classic and modern video arcade games, billiards and air-hockey. The Paddock Lounge located onsite serves a wide variety of foods and refreshments, including burgers, wings, pizzas, nachos and non-alcoholic beverages like sodas and Red Bull energy drinks. Additionally, a private event space can accommodate groups and parties for any occasion, from kid’s birthday parties to company parties and private events.
For group outings, you’ll have a reserved race time, so it doesn’t matter how busy it is that day. Another advantage is that you will be able to race with only your party. And after racing, the company has an exclusive podium ceremony where the top three finishers of the final race receive prizes and stand proudly on the K1 grand prix podium.
K1 Speed Myrtle Beach is now open seven days a week and no reservations are needed to race. The new franchise location is the second in the state, after Bluffton added a K1 Speed last year, and is owned and operated by local business owner AJ Nardslico.
Founded in 2003, K1 Speed is the world’s largest indoor electric kart racing operator and will soon have 73 locations in seven different countries and 23 states.