Malibu Grand Prix in Redwood City closing its doors

August 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The final lap in the history of Malibu Grand Prix in Redwood City is about to end. There's still plenty of fun to be had there, but not for long.

On a hot afternoon, you'll find kids in bumper boats, sweating it out in the batting cage, playing mini golf, taking refuge in the air conditioned arcade, or most likely, speeding around the go-kart track.

The spirit of the Malibu Grand Prix in Redwood City has been the same for 35 years.

"This is probably the only place where it's truly family, you can get the kindergarteners all the way up to the high schoolers to be happy and be entertained," Philip Wang said.

At the center of it all is the racetrack -- three-quarter scale model Indy cars with a top speed of 40 miles an hour. Once a staple of the amusement world, they're now almost impossible to find.

But now the owners say rising costs and rising rent have made it impossible to stay open. As word got out, long-time guests have flocked back for one last trip around the track.

It's going to mean one less thing for Peninsula teens to look forward to.

"They couldn't wait to get their driver's license; this was the first place they wanted to come after they got their driver's license because that enabled them to drive the grand prix cars," general manager Craig Stieglitz said.

Malibu Grand Prix closes its doors for good on August 18.