Richmond Go Karts permanently closes today after over 50 years of racing

Sep 2 2019, 10:14 am

It is the end of the era for a longtime amusement institution in Richmond.

After over 50 years of business, Richmond Go Karts (RGK) will be permanently shuttering after today’s business hours.

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The outdoor track has been operated by a family at its location at 6631 Sidaway Road — south of Richmond Auto Mall. The 10-acre parcel of land for the attraction is leased from the municipal government, and it was purposed for go-karting before the provincial government’s establishment of the agricultural land reserve.

City of Richmond records indicate RGK secured a five-year lease agreement in January 2000, with three further five-year options, effectively ending in early 2020.

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Richmond Go Karts at 6631 Sidaway Road, Richmond. (Google Maps)

With a track length of 0.8 kms, it is the longest go-kart track in Western Canada, according to the family.

It has a fleet of standard karts that reach speeds of up to 35 km/hr, and high-performance karts up to 50 km/hr. On average, it takes drivers one minute to perform a lap.

Over the years, RGK has faced increasing competition from newer, indoor go-kart attractions, including SPEEDERS Indoor ProKarts (13471 Crestwood Place, Richmond), TBC Indoor Racing (2100 Viceroy Place, Richmond), and Fast Track Indoor Carting (5760 Production Way, Langley City).

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