Midget Car Racing is a form of racing involving cars of smaller dimensions than normal. The first Midget Car Races were held as far back as 1936 with the present day machines being derived from a type of vehicle known commonly in the USA as a Bantam Car. These cars were quickly adopted by a group of competitors in Wicklow who raced them on grass. This format is still in use today. Midget Car Racing is very much a family orientated branch of the sport. Race meetings are generally held at venues around the country coinciding with local festivals and local communities welcome the midget brigade, whose events are often charity based. Midget Car Racing is a very good and economical way to learn the concept of car control on slippery surfaces.
Click on the image above to see Midget Car Racing in action
Type of Vehicles
Single seater-type, scaled down home built machines using standard components obtainable from any car dismantler nation-wide. Classes of vehicles are defined by engine capacity and are as follows: up to 850cc rear-engined mini, up to 1000cc front engine driving rear wheels and up to 1200cc front engine driving rear wheels. Chassis and bodywork construction details are kept simple and straightforward for the not too mechanically minded enthusiast. Exact specifications are published in the current Motorsport Ireland Yearbook.
When and Where
Events are held from April to early October in grass fields around the country.
Licence Requirements and Starting Age
A clubman category "National B" grade licence is required along with a medical certificate. The minimum age limit is 16 years. A Road Traffic Act driving licence is not required. Competitors under 18 years of age require written permission from their parents or guardians.A first time licence costs as little as €40 if you are a member of one of our Affiliated Motor Clubs - non-club members pay €80.
How to get Started
If you are interested in becoming involved then the first step is to contact Motorsport Ireland, the governing body of the sport, at phone 01-677 5628. Motorsport Ireland issue competition licences and annually publish a "Yearbook" containing all the rules and regulations for Irish Motorsport. The "Yearbook", in DVD format, is issued free with every competition licence or alternatively you may buy a hard copy costing €30.A calender of events can be downloaded here.
The Midget Racing Car Club of Ireland can be contacted through their Secretary, Patricia Dunne - 087 9320325 or Frank O'Connell - 087 2386133. Training and advice on car preparation is provided free of charge by a special panel of club officials.
Special Equipment Required
The car must be fitted with a safety rollover cage, electric cut out switch, fire extinguisher and safety harness.
Personal safety equipment includes crash helmet, fireproof overalls, boots and gloves.
Outlets for Clothing / Equipment
EARS Motorsport, Muddy Hill, Mallow, Co.Cork (022) 42050
Marks Models, Unit 7, Greenogue Business Park, Newcastle, Co.Dublin (01) 4124829
Murray Motorsport, Unit 20, Beechlawn Industrial Complex, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 (01) 4500555
PR Reilly Ltd., 221 Howth Road, Killester, Dublin 5 (01) 8336924
Ashgrove Interparts, Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin. (01) 2805066
Average Cost of Entry Fee
€100 - includes Competitors' Personal Accident Insurance.
Officials / Marshalling
One of the best ways to learn all about a particular division of Motorsport is to get involved in the day to day organisation. So if you do not feel ready to compete, or you would simply like a sociable friendly attachment to Midget Car Racing, your invaluable help would be more than appreciated. Contact anyone involved in the Club and get started. It could change your whole life and at the same time help others enjoy a great sport held in a responsible controlled environment.