Karting Around My Life 09 SEP 2010

Go kart seats are not made for big people.

This I found out first hand last week when Touchwork took its development team out on its first ever team-building excursion. As you might have noted by now, go karting was selected as the activity for the day, and as such Simon had us all heading down to the Kenilworth Karting track come midday on a stunningly beautiful Friday afternoon.

The team building strategy for the day was simple. Beat the crap out of one another on the race course and then build a spirit of camaraderie over some boerewors and chops done over the coals, with loads of beer to wash everything down.

Now I haven’t been in a kart since Dean’s bachelor’s a number of years back, but I’m sure that I remember the seats of the little carts being far more spacious back then – though that said I was also half my current self in those good old days! ;)

So on went the dainty little hair nets and the helmets were all dutifully selected, before Dave, Steve, Jaco, Simon and myself picked out our speedsters of choice and prepared to do some fierce 10 lap battles!

Admittedly, riding around in a little car which has never heard the words “road clearance” before, with one’s ass perched kind of on top of the seat because it doesn’t fit in it, and one’s balls being gently chafed with every turn of the steering wheel doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun, but boy would you be wrong in assuming that!

What an absolute blast I had. In the end we did a good four or so races, which proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that motorbike-riding Jaco is by far the most accomplished speedster among us, with Stephen following him close behind – thanks in part to his particular weight advantage that he carries over the rest of the field! Dave was pretty steady and while Simon kept on gunning it and giving it all, the curse of his tooth that kept popping out cost him dearly in the standings I’m afraid!

As for me, I hovered between places 3 to 5 over the races, but bettered my overall time with each and every race completed, as did my fastest lap improve with each run in my little car. True, I was by far the slowest off the starting line thanks to my distinct weight disadvantage (a fact that Stephen gleefully exploited by putting me in the front of the grid, whizzing by me on green, and then letting me block the other riders!), but once my car picked up speed inertia proved itself to be a good thing and damn was I throwing myself around those corners by the end of the day! :)

As for the beer and braai, it was all good, in fact, the whole day turned out to be a massive success (even if my pool skills let me down badly on the day), and quite frankly I thoroughly enjoyed the outing, meaning that it’s a definite plus mark if the company plans on doing more of these activities in the future! *hint* *hint* ;)

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About Craig Lotter

South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.