Checkpoint 103

Featuring: Epic Karting, Bubble Soccer, Paintball, Target shooting, Fuel Cafe, Obstacle course, Zorb ball and Team Building challenges.

Grade

Epic

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

No

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

Checkpoint 103 in the Midlands is the perfect venue for Birthday parties, Bulls/Hens parties, Team-building, School groups and general weekend entertainment for all ages.

With so many activities to choose from, we can accommodate all ages and group sizes. This is where the hassle-free, fun happens!

Party snack packs and meal options.

Multi activity packages available, or we are happy to customise something for you.  We would host your party or function.  Come have some memorable fun with us.

We can provide a fun, active outing for your team or a more elaborate outcomes-based team building experience. If you wish to identify leaders, encourage teamwork or work towards specific skills building and identification, we can put a package together to suit your requirements. We can also accommodate presentation facilities and offer catering.

Epic Karting

Race our Epic multi-level indoor track. Lap times are recorded, and speed limits meant to be broken!

Arrive and Drive race options (6min, 10min, 15min) or pre-book for exclusive use of the track (30mins, 60mins,90mins,120mins)

From 10 years and 1.4m tall

Zorb Ball

Run and roll around the field inside our giant inflatable hamster wheel. Great for small kids and adults.

Bubble Soccer

Wearing an inflatable ball on your upper body, you run around, roll over and bmp into each other, while playing games like Bubble Soccer and Open Gates.

12 Balls available (4slightly smaller for younger kids)

Get ready for a good laugh!

Paintball

We have a large bush field with various hides positioned across a valley. Challenge each other with various games, such as capture the flag or defend your base. We also have a shooting range set up for those less keen on being on the receiving end of the paint! Karting

They are fast, fun and challenge your driving skills and just about every Formula 1 racing driver started his career racing them. Whether you are really into racing or just out for a bit of adrenalin laced fun, karting is an ideal way to experience the thrills and challenges of motor racing. Kart racing is a relatively cheap form of motorsport that usually takes place at a specially designed circuit. These open wheel racers come in various guises depending on engine size and gearbox specs. Amazingly, Superkarts are able to achieve speeds of close on 250km/hr (160mph)! However, most places where you can hire karts to race for fun have detuned four stroke engines that are not quite in that class as far as speed goes – but when you are seated just 100mm above the tarmac, they still have enough oomph to give you the ride of a lifetime.

Equipment

As with all motor sports, safety is a prime concern in karting. Helmets, overalls, gloves and boots should always be worn by the driver while the circuits that are raced on are designed with safety considerations in mind. Most karts don’t have any suspension or transmission differential but do run on specially manufactured racing tyres to ensure maximum grip.

Safety

Kart racing is usually used as a low-cost and relatively safe way to introduce drivers to motor racing. Many people associate it with young drivers, but adults are also very active in karting. Karting is considered the first step in any serious racer’s career. It can prepare the driver for high-speed wheel-to-wheel racing by helping develop quick reflexes, precision car control, and decision-making skills. In addition, this extreme adventure sport brings an awareness of the various parameters that can be altered to try to improve the competitiveness of the kart (examples being tire pressure, gearing, seat position, chassis stiffness) that also exist in other forms of motor racing. Most current Formula One racers grew up racing karts, most prominent among them Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen or Scott Speed in the US. Many NASCAR drivers also got their start in racing from karts, such as Darrell Waltrip, Lake Speed, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon.

Interesting Facts

Typically, race formats are one of the following: Sprint Sprint racing takes place on dedicated kart circuits resembling small road courses, with left and right turns. Tracks go from 1/4 mile (400 m) to over 1 mile (1,600 meters) in length. The sprint format is a series of short-duration races, normally for a small number of laps, that qualify for a final, with a variety of point scoring calculations to determine the event’s overall winner. Typical duration does not normally exceed 15 minutes. Here, speed and successful passing is of the most importance. It normally occurs in the format of three qualifying heats and a final race for trophy positions. The FIA championships, including the Karting World Championship, take place in this format. Endurance Endurance races last for an extended period, from 30 minutes up to 24 hours or more, for one or more drivers. In general, consistency, reliability, and pit strategy is of greater importance than all out speed. Speedway Speedway racing takes place on asphalt or clay oval tracks which are normally between 1/6 mile and 1/4 mile long. Tracks primarily consist of two straight and four left-turn corners, few tracks are symmetric and often the shape parallels that of an egg or a tri-oval. ‘Offset’ kart chassis have been developed for precise handling and adjustability in left-turn-only racing competition taking place on oval and tri-oval tracks. Speedway kart races range in length from 4 laps for a trophy dash, to 20 laps for a main event.

History

The first test drive of the contraption surprised himself and his friends when his little kart took off like a rocket across a neighborhood parking lot. The first possible gathering of kart drivers took place in the Rose Bowl parking lot ( Pasadena, CA) in 1957, based on a recorded picture as shown below. From the impromptu racing and gymkana type of events in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl, more individuals were involved in the birth of the kart sport. Three notable individuals who started with Art in Pasadena were Duffy Livingstone, Roy Desbrow & Bill Rowles. From the initial design from Art’s kart, many other designs soon flourished from the joint venture of Duffy & Roy. Their creations included the “Drone”, “Go Kart” and the “Dart Kart”. Their close cooperation was possible as both of them were already business partners of “GP Mufflers” when they started the hobby and were also experts in fabricating welded components. Meanwhile Bill had located a source of inexpensive engines from a failed West Bend rotary lawn mower venture and the three operated the partnership initially from the premises of GP Mufflers, naming their venture Go Kart Manufacturing Co. Inc. in 1958. In 1959, responding to their business success, they built a new Go Kart Mfg. facility in Azusa, California, for manufacturing karts. The facility included a test track on which they tried to incorporate a variety of turns from sweeping corners, to tight turns and even a high bank turn. It incorporated one straightaway of sufficient length to allow the karts of the period to reach speeds of approx. 100kph ( 55-60 m.p.h.) The sport soon flourished to the rest of USA and other parts of the world, and the rest, as they say is history…

Paintball

Paintballing is a rapidly growing adventure sport world-wide and there are essentially three main variations of the game – Capture the Flag, Elimination and King of the Hill. Capture the Flag – In this option the paintball game is for the team must take the flag from the designated flag station, either at the opponents’ starting position on the opposite side of the field, or in the center of the field. The flag from the opponent’s starting position must be ‘hung’ at one’s own flag station or in the case of center flag (also known as the “Cutthroat” variation), at the opposing team’s station. Elimination – This action paintball game is all about a team or individual player eliminating all of the opposing team members. “King of the Hill” – This option is great for a paintball party as two or more teams are required to capture and hold one or more bases. The game is won by the team that holds the base(s) for the longest net amount of time. You can participate in this adventure sport at a number of different levels. If you are looking for a fun outing or team building event, then this sport is perfect and an ideal day’s adventure experience. If you get bitten by the bug, and the thrill of the hunt, then you can go on to join one of the many leagues and even compete in local and international paintballing competitions.

Equipment

The rapid growth of the adventure sport has seen a huge increase in the number of paintball venues. It is now a huge industry and you can kit yourself out with a large number of extra items and specialised pieces of paintballing equipment, to increase your tactical advantage. Although equipment used in the paintball game depends on the type of game being played, the environment and the skill levels of the participants, each player must have three basic pieces of equipment, a Mask (for protection), a Paintball Gun/Marker and Paintballs. If you want to play paintball and are less serious about the game, these items can usually be hired out on-site, or are included in the entrance fee. For those out to excert their tactical authority, you can get specialised gear from a number of online and offline retailers – but beware, before you know it you could be walking out of the store with your wallet feeling a lot lighter. Serious competitors spend up to R10,000 on specialised equipment to give them the upper hand.

Safety

Action paintball as an adventure sport is not inherently dangerous, but as with many sports if you don’t obey the rules you are going to get hurt – or hurt someone. For this reason, the rules are strictly implemented and there are usually one or more referees on-site during a game. For those that want to play paintball the first and most important rule, is that safety goggles/helmet must be worn at all times. No helmet = no game!! Other rules vary between paintball venues but usually include the following; restrictions on velocity of paintball, prohibition on overshooting and blind shooting, no physical contact and no shooting of spectators or referees! Also rules may vary depending on the size and age of the participants in a paintball party. The penalties for overstepping these rules, range from instant disqualification to some sort of handicap in the game.

Interesting Facts

The following interesting facts were sourced from a Wikipedia article. Paintballing has grown dramatically over the past 23 years with it currently being a multi million-dollar industry, played in over 60 countries around the world with a wide variety of paintball venues that offer various obstacles and features. # In 2003, over 10 million people played Paintball in the United States alone. # Paintball is the third most popular extreme adventure sport in the United States. # 7600 Paintball teams compete in the USA in over 325 tournament events. # 1.4 million people play Paintball more than 15 times per year. # 90% are between the ages of 12 and 24 with 85% of them been male. # The average Paintball player spends $44.00 every time they play and nearly $100.00 every time they visit a Paintball retail shop. # 45% of frequent players come from households with incomes of more than $50,000.00.

History

This first action paintball game was devised to settle a long-standing debate as to which type of person could prove themselves the most cunning and capable in a competitive rural environment played by city slickers against the traditional country wise person. The concept of the paintball game was originally conceived by three individuals; Bob Gurnsey, Hayes Noel, and Charles Gaines. That must have been a great paintball party! In June of 1981, 12 friends went into the New Hampshire woods with Daisy markers, oil based paint, and shop goggles. They played a game in which the goal was to capture each player’s flag – 12 flags in all. The winner (Ritchie White) captured all 12 flags and never fired a single shot! Soon after their first action paintball match, paintball pioneer, Bob Gurnsey saw the potential of what went on that day in the woods of New Hampshire. He went on to secure direct sources of the necessary products from the companies that supplied paintballs and markers to forestry and agricultural markets. He then marketed the first paintball venue and franchised it under the banner of the “National Survival Game (N.S.G.)”. In 1983, the first official N.S.G. paintball tournament was held. Paintball was on its way…. and those who now love to challenge others to play paintball are eternally grateful.

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