One Last Ride: Malibu Grand Prix to Close

By Bob Redell and Lisa Fernandez
|  Friday, Aug 16, 2013  |  Updated 1:01 PM PDT
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Malibu Grand Prix shuts its doors on Sunday; Bob Redell got behind the wheel to give the go-karts a spin, one last time.

Malibu Grand Prix shuts its doors on Sunday; Bob Redell got behind the wheel to give the go-karts a spin, one last time.

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RAW VIDEO: Bob Redell Tools Around at Malibu Grand Prix One Last Time

NBC Bay Area's Bob Redell takes one last ride in an Indy-style racing car as Malibu Grand Prix in Redwood City is set to close.
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Strap on your seatbelt and take one last spin around the racetrack.

That's because the Malibu Grand Prix Family Entertainment Center in Redwood City is closing its doors Sunday after 35 years of providing guests with Indy-style go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, arcades and games.

"People have a lot of great memories here," General Manager Craig Stieglitz told NBC Bay Area on Friday morning. "We've had a great outpouring."

RAW VIDEO: Watch Bob Redell Take One Last Spin

The park first opened its doors in 1979 and is home to the fastest  Indy-style racing cars that speed up to 40 mph on an the largest outdoor single-racer track in the Bay Area. They are so specialized and fast, you need a driver's licence to drive them.

But Stieglitz said even with its reduced rent, Malibu Grand Prix has not been making money and that its parent company, Palace Entertainment, decided not to renew its lease with the landowner, Granite Rock.

Malibu Grand Prix has locations in Texas and Georgia, but they don't have these specialized Indy racing cars. The Speedzone in Los Angeles, which is owned by the same parent company, is now the only place in the country to ride this special cars.

"We just couldn't come to an agreement on a lease," he said. "It's a sad ending."

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 NBC Bay Area's Kristofer Noceda contributed to this report.

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