Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 | 4:32 p.m.
Robin Leach has finished his annual summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, and many of our Strip personalities again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. As Robin enjoys the remainder of his working vacation with his family, we continue today with our popular guest columns. Here is go-kart track star Gene Woods of Gene Woods Racing Experience.
I never get twisted in life going around circles. Whether I am racing Las Vegas Motor Speedway circles or speeding through social circles, the circle of life is the most important for my family and me.
It all started in the late 1950s. My parents lived in Las Vegas, and my father operated a go-kart track at the Sahara. During this time, my mother thought she had breast cancer but in reality was pregnant with me!
Now 50 years later, I’m back living in Las Vegas and operating a go-kart track, just like my old man. What a coincidence!
Gene Woods Racing Experience is not just a go-kart track. It’s more of a family-racing adventure. Why do you ask? Well, during my childhood, all I wanted to do was race and watch people race (like watching my big brother Rick race LVMS motorcycles), and that’s all I wanted to experience.
In fact, I like racing so much still to this day that I love to watch families arrive together and have fun. It reminds me of when I used to race for NASCAR and would race around (in circles); families enjoying themselves and spending quality time together.
The Gene Woods Racing Experience go-karts travel at top speeds of 45 mph and are half-an-inch off the ground. Being able to compete against your friends and family is a blast, especially when everyone lines up and anticipates the wave of the checkered flag.
Life is just like racing in circles. You always seem to come back to places that you remember as a kid with your family and love to enjoy making priceless memories that you’ll remember forever.
The Gene Woods Racing Experience is located at 121 E. Sunset Road next to McCarran International Airport.
Be sure to check out our other guest columnist today, CrossVegas race director Brook Watts. On Thursday, it’s all about SLS Las Vegas opening this weekend with guest chef and nightlife columns.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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