This is a family affair, so pack the kids in the car and burn some rubber over to Arundel. Heck, you can even tie Gran Mammy and Gran Pappy's rocking chair to the roof of the car and bring them along too. You're guaranteed to get a warm welcome from owner Jamie Kirkpatrick and partner Regan. If you're lucky you might even be greeted by the smell of sausages sizzling on the barbie!
iLOL Slot Car Racing offers three massive race tracks, each with their own challenges to conquer. Let your finger do the driving while you challenge your brain to calculate corners and tricky curves on the track. One false move will send your lean mean driving machine shooting through the air for a grand crash spectacle. When you get sick of walking around the track to put your car back into action, you'll start to work your brain harder to get better cooperation from your trigger-happy finger. The level of difficulty is controlled by adjusting the voltage to the track so young kids can enjoy a slower pace until they get the hang of it.
For the serious slot car racer, the voltage is turned up on a Wednesday and Friday night for a little friendly competition on the tracks. Competition racing requires you to bring your own car. There are two divisions run to accommodate the novice racer, and the more experienced racer. Race night kicks off with a tasty BBQ feast for those who like to socialise and make new friends before they try to outrace them.
There's a great atmosphere on race nights and a comradeship amongst the die-hard racing enthusiasts. So, how fast can these mini rockets go? Jamie has clocked one super car at 85km ph in real time. This is a 5 second lap time on a 47m track. Impressed? Think your supercharged slottie can do better? Get down there pronto and show 'em what you've got. You'll be hooked in no time. Wednesday nights usually rotate between Muscle cars and Sports cars, and Friday nights are Nascars.
For those who want a little more grunt, there are four racing simulators that offer a more realistic race experience. It's a great way to test your driving skills and harder than it looks until you get the hang of it. There's a good variety of cars and tracks to choose from and once you're really swinging you can get racing with online racers from all over the world. Headphones allow you to speak to each other (a bit hard if you're racing against a foreign speaker) and provide all the rev your ears can handle, making this as close to a real experience as possible. The steering wheel even shakes if you hit a bump. Pretty wild stuff! I found out I had a knack for drifting – onto the wrong side of the road!
It's beginning to sound like the adults have all the fun but iLOL has become a popular place for kid's birthday parties. Kids from 5 years and over have a choice of two packages: The Turbo package costs $25 per head. The Super Charged package costs $30 per head.
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What else is great about iLOL Slot Car Racing?
It has wheelchair access and caters to disabled groups for special functions
Caters to After School Care groups
Open 7 days during school holidays
Custom makes tracks for your home or fundraising function
Slot cars available for purchase
Cold drinks and snacks available for purchase
What does it cost?
Track time hire including car hire and control is $20 per hour
If you bring your own car it's only $15 per hour
Race competition nights (own car essential) cost $15 for two hours of racing tournaments.
Race night dinner is $10 (optional)
Racing simulators cost $30 per hour
Race simulator package for 4 people is $99 ($24.75 each)
So, what are you waiting for? Race on down, but make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment.
General Trading hours are:
Wednesdays – 3pm to 10pm (7pm to 10pm for competition racers only)
Thursdays – 3pm to 6pm
Fridays – 3pm to 10pm (7pm to 10pm for competition racers only)
Saturdays – 10am to 6pm
Sundays – 10am to 6pm
QLD School Holiday trading hours are 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm with the exception of Wednesdays and Fridays race nights which run from 7pm to 10pm for competition racers only.
UPDATE 10.2.2015: i LOL Slot Car Racing has ceased operation. Jamie is now employed at GCRC Raceway in Arundel. - click here for more information