50s Quarter Midget
A recent column on Gilmore Stadium mentioned midget auto racing. Turns out those little cars had a big fan base. The Rose Bowl hosted several midget car events in the late s and early s. For racing at the Rose Bowl, promoters erected a banked, wooden track.
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Auto racing’s history on display at Pennsylvania’s EMMR - Old Cars Weekly
In the s and s, America was gripped by a new kind of motorsport — midget racing. Modelled on the larger cars that raced at Indianapolis, midget racers competed across the country on tracks in football and baseball stadia, at county fairs, on purpose built quarter-mile ovals and even on rough tracks carved out of cornfields. For nearly two decades midget racing took place seven nights a week and twice daily at weekends. Most racing organisations set engine capacity limits between and cubic inches, limiting the choice of passenger car engines for constructors so that most early midgets were powered by outboard motors or motorcycle engines. In , Ford launched a cubic inch, 60 horsepower V8 engine intended as a more economical alternative to their larger flathead V8 engine. At last there was an alternative for 'cash-strapped' midget racers that could challenge the dominance of the 'Offy' and Vs remained successful in competition into the s.
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Hanks’ Death Ends Golden Era of Midget Racing
Q: Greg, I enjoy your nostalgia columns and went to many midget auto races when I was young on the s. Can you give us a little history of the midget racing as many drivers went on to win the Indy in the s in Indy cars. Thanks much, Kathy M. Augustine, FL. From tracks like Gilmore Stadium in California to Williams Grove in Pennsylvania, midget races were the proving grounds for up and coming stars as every big name driver that ran at the Indianapolis surely had midget racing credentials.
EMMR president Lynn Paxton shows off one of the sprint cars that carried him to his many victories on the rough-and-tumble Pennsylvania dirt track circuit. The sprinter is among the more than 80 race cars on display in the museum. The museum, located in York Springs, Pa.