Father’s Day celebrations send families out of the house en masse. Some hit local parks for family picnics, others take in a movie dad might not have had time to see. But some wanted to do something with a little more energy and take in some races at the MB2 Raceway in Clovis.
Some said it was something special, others said it was something new, but everyone said it was something fun.
“It’s something new,” said Cliff Mello, a father there Sunday with his wife and two kids. “It’s been really fun, and it beats the heat.”
The raceway is an indoor go-kart racing track – setting it apart from others in the area like Boomers and Blackbeard’s Family Entertainment Center. It’s in the old Gottschalks building at Sierra Vista Mall.
Cliff and his wife, Ash, cheered on their kids Jocy, 12, and Brody, 8, as they raced.
The family is originally from Fresno, but they have lived in Hawaii for the last six years.
“We’re visiting for the summer,” Ash said. Cliff added, “It’s hard to get me off ‘the rock.’ ”
Cliff said the raceway gave them an opportunity to spend family time together in a different way.
“There’s nothing like this in Hawaii,” he said.
When it was the parents’ turn to take to the track, the kids cheered them on.
“You’re in first, baby,” Brody yelled as his dad passed by on the track.
Chuck Rizzo was in town from Southern California visiting his son Phillip for Father’s Day.
“We don’t get as much bonding as we need,” Chuck said. “But he’s pretty much grown up now.”
We don’t get as much bonding as we need, but he’s pretty much grown up now.
Chuck Rizzo, spending Father’s Day with his son Phillip, 26
“It was both of our first times,” Phillip, 26, said. “This place has been here for a while, and it was the perfect opportunity.”
Phillip said he loves driving anything with wheels, and this was good father-son bonding.
“This is fun. He’s into NASCAR,” Phillip said. “If you’re into racing, this is a great place to get out to.”
“Father’s Day is special, especially if you’re coming here to race with him,” Steve Thomas of Auberry said about racing with son Brendin. “We’re a racing family. I’ve driven race cars professionally for 15 years, and he’s raced the last couple years.
Father’s Day is special, especially if you’re coming here to race with him.
Steve Thomas about spending Sunday with his son Brendin, 11
“We enjoy the competition with other people and each other,” Steve said.
Brendin, 11, said he was just happy to be there with his dad.
“I just like keeping up with him,” he said.