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Yelpers Put The Pedal To The Metal At Podium Raceway Hawaii



We may not have NASCAR in Honolulu, but that didn't stop 150+ Yelp Elites (& their +1s) from roaring their engines at Yelp's Talledega Nights Elite Event! Dressed in faux race gear and cleverly fashioned Ricky Bobby costumes, party guests were treated to a fast and furious good time with free races all night at Podium Raceway, Hawaii's only indoor electric racing kart track. 

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With a windy track, hair pin turns and karts that run up to 50 mph, yelpers turned into adrenaline junkies and competed for best times in packs of ten. Speed demon Olivia D showed off her rubber necking skillz on the road and came to the realization that "Mom might be right. I do have too much yang and not enough yin. Too much testosterone!" 

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Off the track, yelpers re-fueled with tasty treats from a few amazing local businesses. Angela R discovered "heaven in a cup" at The Curb, a gorgeous blue food truck where guests were treated to full-sized coffee, dessert drinks and their ever popular Oxymoron Chocolate. Paul's Poppers kept it hot by serving up delicious deep fried won tons stuffed with pork jalapeno and mozarella basil. Track expert Gary N states, "Their little dumplings may not look like much, but there's an explosion of flavor hidden in every one." Boom!

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While cheering on their newfound friends, racers licked their fingers with delight as they devoured cubano sandwich bites from Shogunai Tajine. Guests played giant Yelp jenga and got to know each other via a quirky fact ice breaker game. To seal the deal on top of nostalgic snacks and bevvies, party yeoples stuffed their beliies with a custom make-your-own-sundae bar. Leimalani F moans "My race outfit now requires stretchy pants. Thanks guys!" Our pleasure!

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To close out the evening guests captured their racing memories with a photo station shot with cameras from Hawaii Photo Rental. Newbie Elite Cassie T notes: "Burning rubber, good eats, and lots of new friends! What could have made my first Yelp event, the Talladega Nights Yelp event at Podium Raceway, any better? Uh, Nothing!" You taste of America!

Read the solid 5-star reviews, speed by fun event pics from photographer Jonas Maon and Yelp intern Thomas O, and recap a mile a minute on Talk!

SYOY & Aloha!

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Emi H

Senior Community Manager

Yelp Honolulu

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