Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Greenhouse or Go-Karts?
From Singapore (above) to Oswego, Go-Kart racing is a popular fastime
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- On Sunday nights in Oswego beautiful beds of flowers bite the dust. Literally.
Surrounded by a go kart track, Galletta’s greenhouse moonlights as a place to put the pedal to the metal.
“Sometimes, people will come up and be looking at the plants and see a go kart track and be like, ‘Look at this thing!’” said Chris Stevens, co-founder of Galletta’s Go-Karts.
Stevens and his brother Matt started racing Go-Karts in the 1990s but after Oswego speedway drove them off its track last year, the brothers took matters into their own…feet.
Every Sunday night, Galletta’s plays host to Go-Kart races. The Stevens brothers don’t charge for track time, only rentals, and prefer keeping the Kart track a place for fun, friends and fast racing.
“We like it the way it is now. Although we always leave the door open to something bigger,” said Matt Stevens.
And though the races rev on, the owners say it’s not about winning, but about whipping around corners, and having fun.
“We don’t have trophies…nothing like that. None of us will ever drive Nascar or anything like that, probably, but we still have fun,” said Rusell Hockey a regular Galletta’s racer.
NCC News reporter Zachary James reports on a Sunday-night sport that takes place in Oswe-GO