The new Niagara Speedway attraction, North America's largest elevated go-kart track and the first of its kind in Canada, opened for business Thursday, May 24th on Clifton Hill.
The Mario Kart-style multi-level go-kart track was originally set to open June 1.
"We completed all our inspections and we had the sign-off from the (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) which is the Ontario regulator so we were ready to go and decided to go ahead and open," said Harry Oakes, president of HOCO Ltd.
Word quickly spread through social media that the highly-anticipated attraction was open and crowds quickly formed as people clamoured to be among the first to enjoy the ride.
"We had a lot of positive comments," Oakes said. "A lot of smiling faces coming off the ride."
Oakes said the Niagara Speedway is a combination of traditional go-karts with a roller coaster-style track.
"It's like go-karts on steroids," he said.
"You drive on a road course for a portion of the race then spiral up to about 40 feet and then come down a long hill…kind of like the way a wooden coaster would be."
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