Less than two months to the race season finale. If you are like me, you are already thinking of the most comfortable and affordable way to attend this one of a kind event in Nigeria. In my three years of attending the BT held every last Saturday in November, one of the major difficulties for me was getting to the track. With the addition of three more race weekends- qualifiers in 2018, the need for convenience and safety to get to the races has become increasingly important.
While it is a niche market, it is clear that people have taken note and we have a couple of services that will get you from Lagos to the track and back to Lagos. with a number of things in between. Today we will be focusing on Ofero and Hangout Buddy.
Originally a ride hailing app for interstate travel, they can be classified a pioneer in this space – transporting racers, fans etc to the track on race days. Interested folks can book a ride to the track by downloading the app on the Google Play store (for Android users), nothing for the iPhone users at this time though. As of today, there are two options when you want to book, either Charter or Carpooling. The former is recommended for people that want to be dropped off at the track and picked up. The latter option drops you off at the nearest bus stop to the track. They are also open to to bespoke service where the vehicle is at your disposal within the town.
For more information, you can reach them on their website, @Ofero_ on Intagram. You can also call Paul on +2348036840223 or Blessing on +2348066402029.
The good people at Bikers Wearhouse teamed up with the people over at Hangout Buddy to create purpose built packages for race aficionados. Besides the trip to and from Lagos, all their packages include the following;
- Airport pick up
- VVIP access on race day
- After Party
- Silent Disco
- Tour of the city
- Bikers Wearhouse/MRE/Hangout souvenirs
There are a number of options with Hangout Buddy such as; amount of days, the choice between hotels, air or road travel, single or room sharing packages. Savings up to 17% are available with a room sharing package. Get that friend or family member ASAP!!!!!
For more information, you can reach them on Instagram and twitter @hangoutbuddy, you can also call Lola on +2349093631558. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is a relief that there are now options to get to the track on race day especially with the addition of more dates (this year) and format change (2019). With the popularity of the sport set to grow in the coming years, we are sure to witness the new players entering this space.
Hangout Buddy affords the customers quite a number of options and flexibility which is always a plus for the customers. Their knowledge in the adventure and tourism space is evident in the service provided. Ofero, are more about getting you to the track and back with not a lot more. This is not to say say they do not do that well. After all, they are first and foremost a transport service.
Both services are for predominantly for people setting out from Lagos. Both are open to extending the service to folks based outside of Lagos. Terms and conditions apply.
While it is not a cheap expenditure, it is an affordable expense for what you will be getting in terms of a day out on the track soaking in all the activities.
If you always wanted a race day experience and logistics was a problem, these two service providers are at your service. See you track side in November!