LONG BEACH — The past two weeks have been a feverish race of repairing, repainting and replacing. On Friday however, Fun Beach Speedway officially reached the checkered flag as owners Glenn and Hillary Trusty opened for their first official day of business.
By 1 p.m., more than 250 riders had fulfilled their need for speed, Glenn said. The price is $10 per session, which lasts about five minutes and equates to about 10 laps. Double occupancy carts are available for $15. The height requirement is 54 inches. A smaller, “junior track” is available for younger drivers.
Twenty-four glistening gold go-carts neatly line the track that has undergone an overall over the past few weeks.
“The track was always known for being a fun track, it just wasn’t always known for being the safest,” Glenn said. Initially, a lot of attention was focused on cleaning up glaring issues at the facility, but repairs and improvements to the track and equipment have been extensive, albeit less apparent.
The most obvious change is the carts themselves.
“All the carts are band new,” Glenn said. “They’re state-of-the-art for safety.”
They purchased 20 single carts and four double carts from J & J Amusements based in Salem.
“They’re local, American-made carts,” Glenn said. “That meant something to us.”
Each cart has been calibrated to the same maximum speed and outfitted with four-point harness belts.
“I won’t say the speed they’re set at, but I will say they are as fast or faster than the carts that were here before,” Glenn said. “You can drift the corners.”
A lap typically takes about 30 seconds. Along the track are safety improvements — including new, spring steel railing. A system that can control the carts’ speed remotely has also been installed.
“If there’s an accident on the track, we can stop everybody by pushing a button,” Glenn said.
A pit gate was also added to give the pit crew more protection. At night, racers will be able to see better under brighter lights since a new LED light system has been installed.
“We’ve made a lot of changes for safety for the public and staff,” Glenn said.