Things that you might like to know.... AKA FAQs !
What is the Wacky Wheelers Concierge Service?
Driving Licences - what do we need to know?
Medals - joint parties
Chequered Bunting - how much do we need?
Extra 30 minutes driving time - why might I need it?
Do you have insurance?
Is the venue included in the price?
Because we cover such a wide area we are not able to have a close relationship with many venues - and as the prices vary so hugely between areas it would be impractical for us to include the venue hire in our price - sorry! back to top
Do I need to find a venue?
We have a huge database of venues so its quite likely we will be able to recommend a venue near to you. But as we cover such a wide area - your local knowledge may be better than ours, and you might know of an alternative venue - which we are happy to comment on - although site visits are not viable unless we make a separate charge for. If you really don't want the hassle of tracking down a venue and organising it - you may consider using our concierge service where we do all the work for you! back to top
Do the cars damage the floors?
We don't put a floor covering down as we don't need to! As with much of the Jeeps, we have modified the wheels too - so that where they meet the floor - instead of hard plastic they have a soft velvety finish. Of course when we're doing outside events we remove the soft finish and put on a rugged one - a bit like wearing wellies! So whether the floor is a brand new sprung wood one, a tiled one or one made of marble - we're confident that no harm will come to it! back to top
How long do we need to book the venue for?
We need about 30 mins to set up - however our record is 7 minutes so if for any reason we are delayed - don't panic as we can get the party moving in no time at all! So if it takes you 30 minutes to get all your guests collected and all your bits and pieces back in order, we'd suggest you only need to book the venue for 3 hours. back to top
How much space do we need?
The first things to consider are which size track is being used, and how many people are coming? First, take account of the track size, then think about the space needed to wait/eat etc.
Small Party - the track size is flexible, but generally about 10m x 12m. We can take bits out and add bits to make this track fit, but don't really like going narrower than 8m.
Standard Party - this track is about 10m x 15m, or about 1.5 x badminton courts. We can squeeze it a bit so can use less than 10m width, but bear in mind this will then make it longer than 15m!
Large Party - this can be as per the standard track, or adding in a couple of metres length - according to availability of space at the venue. So if there's space, we can be up to 10m x 17m
Supersize Party - we use 2 tracks here - so will move to fill the space available, but would recommend a minimum of 12 x 18m.
Now the next thing to consider is how much waiting space is required. Are the parents staying or is it a drop off party. Will you be providing food in the hall or in an ante room? We also need some space for the waiting chairs (as many as there are jeeps) and also for the table football games. So for example, for a 24 child party with standard jeeps and eating in a separate room, there will be 14 waiting. So probably about an extra 10m x 3m is ample. If you're not sure - just ask and we can help! back to top
If the cars are suitable for 4 year olds - wont they be too tame for my older child?
Our Jeeps are far from 'off the shelf'. We have completely customised them so that they are all now 24v, and they have computerised controllers inside that enable us to change such things as top speed, rate of acceleration, braking efficiency, maximum current (good for slopes and bumps) - all by pre-programming them with our laptop. We also have a dial under the bonnet so we can alter the speed by miniscule amounts - to suit the drivers ability level - meaning the younger drivers would go a bit slower than the older ones, so its exciting whatever the age! Our jeeps also are fitted with remote controls, so we are also able to stop a jeep from wherever we are standing - and also change the speed! Being able to be so precise with the speed is something no-one else offers - and makes such a difference to the parties. back to top
Will my child is big for his age - wll he fit?
The seats in the cars are adjustable so will slide forward to fit the youger drivers, and back for the older ones. However, sometimes that just isn't enough - its rare, but does happen - even though we sometimes get an adult in! Usually the child in question that is too big is a teenager - so in those instances its not possible to have a passenger on board - its just one up! back to top
Which size of party is best for me?
We do 4 sizes of party so we are sure to offer one that fits closely with your requirement. If you want to keep the party small and intimate - then the choice is easy - go for the small party. If you are in the mid 20s then there's no need for anything bigger than the Standard size party - but if you are in the high 20s it may be worth considering the large 6 Jeep party. It really depends on budget and SPACE available. The thing to consider is that we have a progression of 4 driving exercises to get through plus the photo and finale at the end (where else would it be?), so with each 'go' taking 3 mins plus changeover time means the more children the less liklihood that they will all get a chance to drive all the different tasks. That's not to say they won't all get lots of goes in the jeeps, but it is a question of mathematics! back to top
What happens if it rains?
Well, the simple answer is... we get wet! Being very British and all that we just get on with it (although we may discuss it quite a bit as Brits are wont to do). However, we are aware of the inherent risks in torrential rain (not to mention the displeasure of the drivers) so we won't operate if it is absolutely bucketing down. The other thing to beware of if you are thinking of booking an outdoor party and it does go all wonky weatherwise, is that we may have to make a cleaning charge, as the track can get muddy when packed away, as well as the jeep wheels. If you are at all concerned please talk to us. back to top
Do I have to provide food?
We concentrate on making the entertainment the best it can be, and if you've ever tasted the boss's sandwiches you'll realise why we want to keep it that way! So really the answer is yes - you do...unless.... why not get use our Party Concierge service to organise a caterer for you so all you have to do is sit back and relax before, during and after the party! To find out more - use this link... back to top
Products / Options Questions
Party Concierge Service
None of us seem to have enough time in our lives and often the last thing you need is to organise a party, which is where our concierge service comes in. From start to finish we will help you organise your party from sending out the invites, collating the responses, finding, organising and booking the venue and tying that up with Wacky Wheelers availability, organising party bags, decorations, caterers, menus, even the cake! So all you have to do is turn up to the party and enjoy! Prices start from £95 back to top
Our driving licences are totally fab! They are completely personalised with the party goers name, the date they passed and at whose party. They are credit card sized and laminated. But because they are personalised, we need some time to produce them - preferably 3 days. That also means we need the names in advance, and preferably in a format we can import into our system. That format is by the forename followed by the surname with just a comma in between, nothing else - as an example - John,Wayne
We need each name to be on a separate line - and voila ! Job done! back to top
Our medals are unique to us - and are proper metal (not cheapo grungy plastic ones). We include one in the cost of the party, but if you choose to share a party, please make provision to add a medal or two - as we dont want any squabbling at the end of the party! back to top
Our chequered fabric bunting is a MUST if you want to give the usual leisure centre a lift, and to turn it into a pukka polished racetrack! You only need one to go around the whole track - but do order more if you want to use it to decorate the separate hall (if you 've hired one) for eating etc. back to top
Extra 30 minutes driving time
Our party programme is designed to fit into 90 minutes - but sometimes, if there's more children than its possible to get through in the 90 minutes, its worth considering adding 30 minutes on to give 2 hours solid driving time. A caveat though - don't choose this as an upgrade for a normal sized party - only consider it if you are pushing the boundaries (ie 30 kids for a 5 jeep party) as normally 90 mins is ample...back to top
Do you have insurance?
Yes we do - our public liability is £5 MILLION. Why so much? Because we also do big events - we need the extra cover (most companies only offer £1m) - so should anything go wrong (and it hasnt yet in all the years we've been running) then you can be assured you're covered. If you would like confirmation we can send you a link to our brokers that gives the details.