- Toddlers and motorsport
Not participating – sadly.
Thinking about taking boy 1 to Knockhill this weekend for the Scottish Motor Racing Club (SMRC) race day. I’ve been going for years, so know that Knockhill is probably the one of the best circuits going to take youngsters to (wont be busy, very good viewing points, its short enough to get right round, good paddock access, play park! etc), but I can’t convince myself that it’ll be worth taking a 2 year old along to?
It’s not too far away, he’ll get in for free (i’m £13, so not exactly scandalous) and there are a good range of races. OTOH, cant help but feel he might be bored out of his mind pretty quickly and just want to head home? There’s then the question of ear defenders…..?
Anyone here been silly enough to take wee ones along to races? Worthwhile?Posted 6 months agodiggaMember
Apparently, I saw Agostini race at Oulton when I was three. Vaguely remember the noise being slightly terrifying but also intriguing and, oddly, the silence when they had to red flag a sidecar race (I think someone was sadly lost).
Take ’em, just watch their little ears.Posted 6 months agoDezBSubscriber
Similar things I took my lad to when he was small werePosted 6 months ago
– Monster Trucks – hated that cos they were so loud. Drove for an hour+ to get there, lasted 10 mins.
– Motocross racing – liked that but mainly cos there were a lot of crashes (or was that me?), especially with the sidecars (or was that me?)
– Extreme show – monster trucks, freestyle motox, stuff like that, enjoyed that, he was about 10.
You can never tell when you’re gonna get the “Can we go now?” boredom siren.mrmonkfingerMember
Took ours to Prescott, they loved it, ages one and four. Youngest slept a lot, in & out the buggy all day, eldest happy to wander around all the time.
Cars going really fast – great.
Some really noisy cars going fast – also great.
Hot dogs – bonus.
Ice cream – dandy.
Tons of machinery to wander around – great.
Lunchtime aerobatic demo by a Pitts – awesome.
Wander in the pits to watch them lining up to have their go – great.
Stayed for a good few hours.
YMMV.Posted 6 months agoa11ySubscriber
I’ve taken mine (now 4 and 6) to lots of SMRC’s from when my youngest was not quite 2. Attention span doesn’t last the day which is a pity as the later MINI and Legends races are inevitably where the most action happens! Plenty of distractions: playpark next to karting track, walking to different bits of the circuit, walk over bridge into centre of track, wander around the pits, etc. Bench seats in grandstands make great ‘balance beams’ to walk along.
Arrive early and park somewhere you can view from the car if necessary always helps.
Never needed ear defenders.
Biggest issue is almost always the weather. If the weather’s OK I’m planning to go on Sunday too (with kids) – I’ll be in a silver Monaro.Posted 6 months ago
Well played there sir! Parking on the hill with a view towards the hairpin was my thinking to help weather proof the day a bit. Forecast is currently good, but we all know Knockhill cant be trusted!
The ear defenders thing is interesting, as exposure is limited (especially with more and more turbos being used), but it certainly wouldn’t do him any harm to have them.
Take the iPad loaded with Roary the Racing Car
Currently a Lightning McQueen fan, so will adjust to taste.Posted 6 months agomeshSubscriber
Taken my lad to a few events a year since he was 4/5, he’s always enjoyed the day but can flag a bit after a few hours. Also don’t underestimate how much walking you may do in a typical day if you like to view at different points of the circuit. Worth noting that the Palmer circuits all have good facilities, including kids play areas which can break the day up for them.Posted 6 months ago
Worth investing in a pair of ear defenders as you’ll often get at least a few cars during the day which can be properly loud close up – we use Peltor Kids.
Took 3yr old daughter to Harewood hill climb a few weeks ago and her attention was waning after about two hours though, but when it is local and only a tenner, club level stuff is a great introduction.philjuniorMember
A circuit is relatively safe, when I read the title I thought you might be marching him into a forest to stand in a ditch by the course or right next to a hairpin bend.
I’d go for it, if you want a good day out bring cake in large quantities (along with other toddler essentials). Get forgiveness for this afterwards from other parent.
I’d bring ear defenders too, or ear plugs if toddler will be happy with them. They might like the noise enough but if they get scared by the first race you’re on the way home pretty soon.Posted 6 months agoceeptSubscriber
We have tried a couple of times (ours is now 4) and find boredom kicks in after 2-3 races.
We popped up to the tracknight last night to see how it went (and catch up with a few people). Lasted about 15 minutes of watching before other entertainment was required. If we took the tablet for her to play with while we are watching it we could probably stretch to a 1/2 day there now. I think it’ll still be a trip to granny’s house if we want to go to the BTCC though.Posted 6 months agoa11ySubscriber
Ear defenders: we brought some first time but didn’t need them. Kids loved the noise and the stuff at KH generally isn’t that loud. In contrast, LMP cars at Nurburging were (far) too loud for them, so if you’ve got them bring them – it’s one less thing to avoid disaster.
Cake, large quantities of, is a great bit of advice.
My little weirdos love hot chocolate which always goes down well when it’s baltic at KH. i.e. every time.Posted 6 months ago
Yeah from prior SMRC visits (been a while) I can think of 1 or 2 cars that wee proper loud, does the Marcos even still race?? I’ve got a set ordered though so will have them ready to go if required
Always willing to provide cake. Mine currently loves a “babycino” so a wee flask of hot milk might come along – although the forecast is oddly warm….. still don’t trust itPosted 6 months ago
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