Grand Prix of Scottsdale to premier at Fourth of July event

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Grand Prix of Scottsdale is hosting a “prixview” of its vintage kart race at WestWorld’s Fourth of July Celebration.

The preview race is free to attendees and will give drivers a first-hand experience of the inaugural Monaco-inspired race scheduled to take place in early November in the streets of downtown Scottsdale.

Local artisans, culinary establishments and major corporations join forces to bring the roaring ‘20s to life and create a first of its kind racing experience, according to a press release.

The Fourth of July celebration will be held in the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center, a 300,000-square-foot air-conditioned venue on the WestWorld campus, stated the release.  An assortment of activities will be taking place including an X-Games stunt show, bull riding, live entertainment, a zip line experience and more. The night will conclude with a fireworks show against the McDowell Mountains, according to the release.

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The Grand Prix of Scottsdale producers will facilitate individual test drives on a 1.5-acre track on the east side of the exhibition center. Eight custom-built karts speed around the track at up to 40 mph and the general public will have a chance to drive the classic race cars, according to the release.

“We are ecstatic to give the public an opportunity to experience the thrill of driving one of our custom vintage race carts,” stated Event Producer Napoleon Smith III, in the release. “Our team has worked tirelessly to create a one-of-a-kind experience and we could not have chosen a better place to launch than the iconic WestWorld venue.”

Mr. Smith is also well known as an executive producer on last year’s blockbuster hit movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” stated the release.

Military members and veterans will have the first opportunity to race from 2 to 3 p.m. and the track will open up to event guests over the age of 16 from 2 to 8 p.m.

For more information on the Grand Prix of Scottsdale, visit

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