They were the original home-built race cars and their garage builders made use of every available automotive and sometimes non-automotive part they could use. Some cars were even powered by outboard boat motors. Modern amateur cars have advanced in terms of technology, but the racing has the same premise: Drive as quickly around a dirt or paved oval race track. They are characterized by their scratch-built single seat chassis , 4 cylinder front-engine, rear-drive layout, and encompassing roll cage. Due to the scratch-built nature of midget cars, you should be knowledgeable in handling, chassis , suspension, powertrain, aerodynamic and safety design. These six major areas of the car design work as an integrated unit and the designer must have an understanding of how changes to one area affect the others.
Midget Racer Built from 1948 Plans
Build Your Own Midget Race Car (Full Size) ~ FREE Guide!
Over the last few years vintage racing has become more and more popular with racefans. There is no denying that these drivers of these historic machines were the true heroes of our sport. Many times they would disregard safety, and simply raced because they loved to do it. Our very own tech editor Bobby Kimbrough has ventured onto a project that we wanted to make you aware of. Bobby had the opportunity to drive a vintage midget at the dirt track at Willow Springs, and ever since then has been bitten by the bug to own one of these racers. After speaking with him numerous times and seeing the clear passion he has for these machines we knew we had to document his journey with this build. Midget car racing is a relative newcomer to the open wheel racing scene when compared to Sprint cars and Champ cars, but the affordable little cars became one of the stepping stones to higher profile racing.
Quarter Midget Race Car
They were the original home-built race cars and their garage builders made use of every available automotive and sometimes non-automotive part they could use. Some cars were even powered by outboard boat motors. Post-World War II, the Quarter midgets appeared much as their full-scale counterparts did, as home-builts.