Took a friend's 10 year old son to the Go Cart racing track. I was amazed what has happened to this 'once exciting' activity.
The track is indoors with plastic covered floors. The so-called cars are wrapped all around with a layer of thick rubber bumper. A high roll cage encapsulates the entire cockpit. The throttle is dummied-down to very slow acceleration with a whopping top speed of 12, maybe 15mph... and the thing is entirely electric. Ha, they've actually added a fake growling engine sound.
This is not even near the same exilerating, coming of age experience I remember from when I was about that age, with a dirt track, 40hp gas powered engine, choking fumes and no helmet required!
Now that was cool :)