Pro Karting: at long last, something to do in Colombo!

Posted: March 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s been a tiring month. It was time to do something, I decided, sipping on thambili from a coconut on a beach with some friends on Sunday.

I usually get into ‘it’s time to do something’ mode when I realize I haven’t had absolute unadulterated frolicky fun in a while, and in the past it’s resulted in things like prancing through some meadow in Bentota or a train trip out of town – and on particularly busy weeks when you can’t afford to spend the day travelling outside the city, I’ve settled for a lazy day with the trees in the park, or candy floss and dodgem cars at Sathutuyana, or a movie at MC.

But man, this week, they’re playing Gnomeo and Juliet at MC, Sanctum at Savoy (both of which are, according to reliable sources, predictably ridiculously crappy), I don’t remember what’s playing on Liberty which means it’s not something worth watching either, the park and Sathutuyana have been visited too often as it is, the only thing to do at coffee shops is eat (too broke for that anyway) and talk and leave, and I am way too broke for some retail therapy at the bookstore.

So after going home on Sunday and after the usual ‘why is there nothing to do in Colombo?’ whining, I remember someone having mentioned Prokarting in Pelawatte. Tiny fast cars on a race track, HMMM.

Monday had been a dick to me, Flailer and Angrylady. A lot of it had to do with the horrible afternoon heat and tuk-tuk drivers being assholes. ‘Close your eyes and walk away, Flailer,’ I say, because Flailer has green-grey eyes and fair skin (grandma’s a dutch mix or something) which makes her really inconvenient to have around when negotiating prices with cocky tuk drivers who have rupee signs in their eyes when they see a sudda (which she isn’t even). Flailer is used to this new standard protocol and obliges.

Finally, we get a nice nondickhead tuk guy (after 1st meter tuk guy yells and leaves for making him wait for 10 minutes – what a drama queen – and the 2nd one passes our stop and turns and comes back and tries to charge extra for his retardedness – I told him to go cry in a corner about it) and head off to Speedrome in Pelawatte, swearing all the way.

We’d planned to get there by 1pm but what with all the day’s faggotry, we got there at around 4 – which was awesome, we found, when we looked at the board that said HAPPY HOURS: Monday 3pm to 8pm – Rs. 500 per ticket instead of the usual Rs. 750. Woot!

So I skipped around and lalala-ed a little about how it’s a divine miracle that all the dickyness of the day had happened for a reason, till I was stared down by the other two into stopping. Such haters.

Pro karting is the awesomest.

1. Speeding is a great way to blow off steam.
2. They give you gloves, I got fingerless Spiderman gloves, LOLWUTYAY.
3. I got a badass jacket too and didn’t have to wear the stupid showercap under my helmet – both because of my shawl. Flailer and Angrylady didn’t let me take pictures of them in their showercaps and lackofjackets lest they are posted to the hall of shame on facebook the next day.
4. I think it lasts for 15 minutes but it’s so much fun that it feels like 30.
5. Speeding and swerving at the corners is like the racing track equivalent of Chuck Norris roundhouse kicking someone.
6. Dude, 500 rupees for wearing a badass helmet, jacket, fingerless gloves and going super fast down a race track? So worth it.
7. There’s a KFC that’s 50-rupees-in-a-tuk away from the place, so we went and had chicken and ice cream afterwards. Omnomnom.

The icing on the cake was when I looked at the Best Laptime sheet that they give you after racing around. Oh yeah. Needless to say I was all,

like an excited giggly fool for an hour after that. Flailer and Angrylady were not pleased because the hyperlols were contagious and were taking over their brains. The awesome 40 rupee takes-forever-to-finish ice cream at KFC did not help.

Anyway, it is now my new goal in life to get rich just to set up my own prokarting race track and prokart the crap out of it. Haven’t gone kart racing yet? DO IT. It will blow your mind. Or at least turn you into an irritatingly happy person flailing all over the place for the next 24 hours.

  1. Chavie says:

    Sounds awesome. 😀

  2. Yeah Karting is fun… But the tyres were horrible yesterday 😦 They’ll be putting new tyres somewhere next week so you should try Karting after that.

    And one more thing.. try the somewhat new place “Coco Citrine” ( ). The superb inside restaurant of Coco Citrine is closed on Mondays but they have a small outside place where they serve Shawarma and stuff for just Rs. 250/- (I think that’s reasonable). Coco Citrine is located approximately 500m from SpeedRome towards Battaramulla side. Should be Rs. 50/- from a tuk-tuk or you can even consider walking there.

    Just letting you know the options around there 🙂

  3. Gehan says:

    oh i am so on this…!

  4. greene says:

    gah. such epic noobiness

  5. magerata says:

    Ha I learned about the skin and price relativity when I visited last December, looked like they add one more zero to regular prices, for everything, including way side fruit stands on the way to Nuwaraeliya. Karting? I get mu thrills on my bike and car 🙂

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