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New hands on the wheel at Aviemore kart track


By Gavin Musgrove

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Messages of good luck have poured in for the new owners of Aviemore Kart Raceway at the north end of the village.

Kenny Findlay and Gillian Oldham took over the popular attraction at Granish on Wednesday from the Bain family.

Aviemore businessman Colin Bain oversaw the development of the kartway and built most of the track and facilities himself over several years leading to its opening in summer 2016.

Aviemore Kart Raceway at Granish, just north of Aviemore, is back to racing.
Aviemore Kart Raceway at Granish, just north of Aviemore, is back to racing.

He has a long association with go-karting in the village, having run the one-time track at the old Aviemore Centre.

As well as the messages of good luck to the new owners, the Bains have been thanked by those on social media for bringing karting back to the village after an absence of nearly two decades.

The Bains said on the kartway’s social media: “We would like to wish Kenny and Gill all the best and all the success in their new roles, and we want to say a massive big thank you to all of the great customers and staff who have supported us over the past five years.

“It has been a wild ride, and now we are off for a lie down.

“Good luck Kenny and Gill we know you guys will smash it!”

Mr and Mrs Bain have decided to retire from the business they opened in May 2016.

Racing resumed there at the start of April after the Covid lockdown.

Mr Findlay told the Strathy: “Gill and I have been coming up to Aviemore for years – I was a marine pilot in Dundee and Gill was an accountant with the Care Commission – and had long wanted to do something like this. Sort of ‘retire’ up here, but I was speaking with Colin a while back and when he said he was thinking of retiring I found myself offering to take on the business and here we are.

“We think it’s fantastic and we’ve certainly had a good busy start. We have four children between us, of various ages, and they’re all exited about our new life.”


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