I’ve been resisting writing about quarter-midgets for quite some time – for several reasons. First, they are new to me and there is a great amount of information out there on the internet about them. And second…. they are just too cool and I’m deathly afraid I may like them way too much and find their history irresistible to study.
But as of tonight….I give up.
Most recently, I wrote about a car that would be related to a quarter midget – the James McDaniel Special. Click here to read the story about this car. Then, after I found the cool Viking Craft brochure on building your own quarter midget – I could resist no longer. So….from this point forward I’ll start including information about quarter-midgets as I find it and as those of you who have copious amounts of files share them.
What’s A Quarter Midget, You Say???
Well remember I’m still learning, but quarter-midgets were smaller version of race cars for kids. They may have started in the late ‘40s, but by the mid 1950’s I see plenty of advertising and magazine articles about them. They even raced them too, and there were some really neat designs. Sadly, with the advent of the go-cart in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, all the cool-bodied quarter midgets disappeared.
So how are they related to our Forgotten Fiberglass interest group? First, many but not all were constructed of fiberglass. Others were aluminum, and of some were of course steel. Second, several companies that produced full-size fiberglass sports car bodies produced quarter midget bodies too. Names like Victress, Kurtis, Viking Craft, and others. These are “our” kind of companies, gang!
So let’s have at it, and check out the first brochure I’ve found from Viking Craft about their Quarter Midget Roadster – sold in complete kit and ready for assemble. How ‘bout that!
Viking Craft: Quarter Midget Roadster Brochure (1955)
So this is the start of something new and I hope to be able to share many and varied histories of these companies and the quarter-midget cars they made – all small scale and fun to learn about, no doubt.
So Merrill Powell from Victress….want to spend some quality time with me on the phone and share with us what you and Victress did concerning quarter midgets? I know many of the Forgotten Fiberglass fans out there would love to learn more.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
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