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Checkered Flag Indoor Karting: The need for speed.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 by

If you look close enough, you’ll find there are some pretty amazing things hiding within the otherwise nondescript warehouse spaces around Ward Hill. Case in point: the 23,000 square feet of speedway at Checkered Flag Indoor Karting, 239 Neck Road in Ward Hill West.

While I have yet to slip behind the wheel myself, I’ve heard great things about this place, including that the facility is super nice, the owners are friendly, and it’s got a pretty sweet arcade in the front room. But so far, the closest I’ve come to getting my race on is being sent some totally embarrassing photos of  a bunch of my guy friends in the requisite head socks. (not a good look, by the way)

Luckily, this past weekend Flickr member Bertron8 and his friends felt the need for speed, and he was kind enough to let me showcase these really cool shots he took that capture all the action:

"The obligatory we-are-not-responsible-if-you-die form. Read and sign."

"The karts were 15hp with electric motors. Pit lane was lined with charging plates for the karts to park on when not in-use."

"Helmets of various colors and sizes for everyone."

"4-point harnesses in each kart to keep you in place."

"Ben shoots for the apex."

"5 racers come down the straight."

"The fastest laps of the day were tracked on this track-side board."

Looks pretty awesome, huh? If you’re inclined to put the pedal to the metal, Checkered Flag is open 7 days a week (a Haverhill miracle!) all summer long.

You know, all these sweet snaps got me to thinking- who do you think would win in a race: me, Chris or Eisme?  Winner gets crowned King or Queen of Haverhill Fever. Place your bets now, because I say we make this happen!

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