Your Time: Go-karting at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley

  • Ashton Rakoske, 12, of Wilbraham, left, is instructed by Annika Fett of Hadley, front, while Nick Damon of Northampton instructs Brandon Cote, 12, of South Hadley Jan. 7, 2017 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Racing karts buzz around the indoor track Jan. 7, 2017 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Scott and Shelley Behan of Hinsdale, N.H., watch and photograph their son Garrett Behan, 17, as he prepares to race Jan. 7, 2017 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Ashton Rakoske, 12, of Wilbraham, left, and Brandon Cote, 12, of South Hadley gear up to race Jan. 7, 2017 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Nick Damon of Northampton, left, and Annika Fett of Hadley work as the pit crew on race karts Jan. 7, 2017 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • 1. Eddie Martinez 2. Peter McCosker 3. From left, Eddie Martinez, Eddie Martinez, Justin Brady 4. Miles Lashway, Annika Fett, 5. Annika Fett, Miles Lashway 6. Ashton Rakoske, Brandon Cote 7. Scott Behan, Shelley Behan, Garrett Behan 8. Tyler Galenski, Ashlie Galenski 9. Ashton Rakoske, Annika Fett, Nick Damon, Brandon Cote 10. The track On the cover: Garrett Behan 1. Eddie Martinez 2. Peter McCosker 3. From left, Eddie Martinez, Eddie Martinez, Justin Brady 4. Miles Lashway, Annika Fett, 5. Annika Fett, Miles Lashway 6. Ashton Rakoske, Brandon Cote 7. Scott Behan, Shelley Behan, Garrett Behan 8. Tyler Galenski, Ashlie Galenski 9. Ashton Rakoske, Annika Fett, Nick Damon, Brandon Cote 10. The track On the cover: Garrett Behan

  • Eddie Martinez, 12, of Greenfield, left, and father Eddie Martinez are assisted by Justin Brady of Hadley while they prepare to race Jan. 7, 2017 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Peter McCosker, 16, of Hinsdale, N.H., puts on a head sock and helmet in preparation to race Jan. 7, 2017 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Annika Fett of Hadley, right, helps Miles Lashway, 9, of Florence, to gear up to race Jan. 7, 2017 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Tyler Galenski, 7, left, and Ashlie Galenski, 9, both of South Deerfield, watch karts race Jan. 7, 2017 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Garrett Behan, 17, of Hinsdale, N.H., races a kart Jan. 7, 2017 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

Published: 1/12/2017 1:48:52 PM

Photos and text by Sarah Crosby

While motorists cleared snow off their cars Sunday afternoon in the frigid cold, visitors to a new indoor speedway were already buzzing around the track.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley features electric go-karts that reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Junior karts with slower speeds offer children 8 years and older a chance to get behind the wheel.

Eddie Martinez of Greenfield brought his son Eddie, 12, to try it out.

“These karts are really fast,” Martinez said. “It helps teach kids coordination and stuff like that.”

Annika Fett of Hadley, who works at the speedway, said the job is a blast. Fett says she loved racing in similar karts as a child and jumped on the opportunity to share that fun with children and adults alike.

“How can you not have fun working with go-karts all the time?”




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