Youngsters RaceMidget Midgets
DRIVING MECHANIC. Eleven-year-old Mike Oli- WOMEN DRIVERS are in the running too. Donnavero makes with a wrench on the front-end as- Richards, seven, awaits flag as her father liftssembly of his car. Dad takes over on tough jobs. the rear of her car for drop starting.
Dads build the cars, but America's youngest drivers take the wheel in this new racing fad that's fun for the whole family.
By Hi Sibleyand Andrew R. Boone
IRT-TRACK racing is child's sportnow—and the kids love it. So do thefathers who convert wheels, one-lungengines and junked auto parts into tinyhot rods. It's hard to tell who has more
Few grownups could shoehorn them-selves into these midgets. They're tailor-made for youngsters four to 12 years old.Some of these drivers can't read yet—butKIDS TAKE SKIDS as a matter of course aroundtight turns. Although races are in grim earnest,low center of gravity, crash guards and bump-ers keep them safe.
Color photo by Walt Frisbie.
they run real races on miniature dirttracks, pitting their homemade cars anddriving skills against each other likeIndianapolis veterans.Jams on the turns are frequent as driv-ers battle for the rail. On the straighta-ways, throttles are floorboarded forspeeds up to 25 m.p.h.—plenty fast whenyou're sitting only 2-1/2" above the track.The small fry quickly learn to steer out ofskids, nurse the wheel around turns, andmake a fast getaway on the break.
Born in California.
Officially desig-nated as one-quarter midgets, the littlecrates were first raced at Hemet, Calif.They are now running at Upland, Ana-heim and Norwalk, too, with plans under
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