Hull's Derelict Go-Kart Track
Early in January 2015 I went for a wander around the old Go-Kart Track at St Andrews Quay in Hull. It had been a few years since my last visit and it hadn't really changed that much apart from a few more burnt out car chassis and fresh drug use paraphernalia.
I can actually remember this as a working karting centre although I never did test my driving skills on this particular venue. St Andrews quay was quite an entertainment venue in the day, with a cinema and bowling alley as well as a nightclub to attract the punters out of town. It really was quite unique at the time and I can remember having to catch two buses to get to the cinema on a Saturday morning.
Replaced these days by the popular furniture outlets and DIY megastores, the entertainment value in this area has all but gone with just a couple of chain restaurants, and a few independent outlets offering something different. The old buildings of the cinema and bowling alley are long gone replaced with new steel clad eyesores. The Go-Kart Track however eerily sits awaiting discovery once more.
Like a land that time forgot with the exception of joy riders and local 'druggies' the track remains almost as was back in the day with the two storage containers now used by the homeless and a housing for the odd bonfire.
A Volkswagen sits on the site looking rather worse for wear, depleted of its once former glory as a German engineered masterpiece. Smashed to pieces and unusually not burnt out it provides a showpiece for the modern explorer of the area. I watched a couple of young motorcross riders tear around the area, spraying shards of windscreen amongst the overgrown track.
I decided I'd return later in the year and I plan to visit soon. I'm told the area has somewhat been cleaned up lately so it'll be interesting to see any differences over the past few months.
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