Flash flooding from a freak storm put the Scalextric Racing and Pit Stop Cafe out of business for just over a month.
But – amid echoes of thunder – the centre in Weston Hills Road, Low Fulney, Spalding, won its race against time last night (Wednesday) to reopen for a long standing booking made by South Holland PHAB (physically handicapped and able bodied) Club.
It reopens to the public this weekend.
Business owners Bernie and Angie Parrish, their son David and Godson Josh Robinson-Green were still making last minute tweaks to the centre as PHAB members arrived.
Bernie said: “We had a thunderstorm just as we started and our hearts were in our mouths and we thought, ‘oh no, not again’. We were just praying it would pass over and it did. The previous storm was exceptional.”
That exceptional storm not only flooded the couple’s business but their home in Mallard Road, a bungalow they own behind their property and their son’s home next door.
The couple are camping in the bungalow at the moment and don’t know when builders will have their house ready.
Scalextric Racing has eight tables, each with four-lane tracks, so 32 people can race at one time. Racing tables had to go out while new flooring was put in, there was a lot of rewiring for the racing tables and specialists have deep cleaned the cafe and kitchen.