Racing around the track.
I don't think Ben has the lead.
Who better than Ben to sample some mini Grand Prix action!
Graham Muir, who owns Action Formula 1, has racing in his blood. In 1981 he was the Australian road racing champion, went overseas and had a road accident. His injury and lack of funds meant he could no longer race … but the passion was still there.
In 1986 he began to develop and construct go-karts but was still keen on racing bikes. As Grand Prix bikes could not be raced on his track, he went about developing a Peewee 50, a smaller version of the big bikes. They go up to 50kph which, because you are so close to the ground, feels a lot faster. The front forks, wheels and tyres have been changed and the frame strengthened and lengthened.
The 500m bitumen track has one long straight bit and two hairpin turns and bends, each different from the other to make it challenging for the rider. It has a white line which must be followed and before anyone can go on the track, they need to complete and sign a liability release form and read the rules and instructions.
Action Formula 1 is on three hectares and has night lights.
A member of staff show important things such as throttle and brake use, and beginners will be accompanied for a few laps until they get the hang of the bike and following the white line. A driver's licence is not needed, but riders must be at least nine years of age and at least 112cm tall. Helmet, gloves, elbow and knee pads and wet weather gear are supplied.
Those who stay on the bike for an entire lap are given two extra minutes of riding time.
You can choose to be an endurance rider: 50, 70 or 100 laps between a team of two or more riders; or a grand prix rider: 10 warm-up laps then two 15m lap heats. Points and medals are awarded.
Two-stroke and four-stroke go-karts are available and they alternate on the track with the mini-bikes.