Post by administrator on Jun 16, 2009 18:59:32 GMT 1
SOUTH AFRICAN MIDGET CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
South African midget car championship was first held in about 1946 or 1947, won by Murray Pohl.
Information to be verified and further updated.
SOUTH AFRICAN DIRT TRACK MIDGET CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 1992 - A Fontini 1993 - F Grobbelaar 1994 - F Grobbelaar 1995 - D Basing 1996 - D Basing 1997 - G de Jongh 1998 - D Botes 1999 - C de Ronde 2000 - C Cotriet 2001 - W Rabe 2002 - R Smit 2004 - W Rabe 2005 - R Smit 2006 - R Smit
SOUTH AFRICAN TARMAC TRACK MIDGET CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 1992 - W Zurich 1998 - C Basing 1993 - A Rossouw 1996 - H de Bruin 1999 - C Basing 2000 - C Basing 2001 - W Kitching 2002 - C Landsberg 2004 - W Nel 2005 - Q Lehman 2006 - A Talle
Post by administrator on Jul 5, 2009 14:49:57 GMT 1
I think you are going to be correct about the missing championship details. Even contacts in RSA cannot help me - apart from the first result won by Murray Pohl - with a debateable year as either 1946 or 1947 for that!!!
I don't pretend to be a midget car racing fan - my interest lies in motorcycle speedway. But I may be able to shed a little light on SA matters:
An update on the lists of SA Oval Track Midget Car Champions
SA OVAL (TARMAC) TRACK MIDGET CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
1995: D Brits 2001: R Kitching not W Kitching 2004: D Nel not W Nel 2006: A Tallie not A Talle 2006: there appears to have been a 'B' grade championship - won by G de Jongh - in addition to the title won by A Tallie
SA OVAL (DIRT) TRACK MIDGET CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
2000: S Lotriet not C Cotriet 2006: C Prins not R Smit
Since 1992 occasional championships have been awarded for Super Midgets and Micro Midgets and I will gladly supplies details of these if required.
All the championships from 1992 onwards have been awarded by Motorsport SA (MSA) the official governing body with affiliations to world bodies. As others have commented, finding results prior to 1992 would be difficult to say the least. The governing body of SA motorsport has changed several times over the years and I think the controlling organisation before MSA was the AA and before then the RAC. Whether the AA still maintain records is debatable.
There has been no MSA Midget Car SA Championships since 2006 and no Oval Track Championships in any category in 2011 and 2012. It was announced in December that Oval Track Championships would be re-introduced in 2013 but no confirmation in what categories.
To further complicate matters, a rival organisation to MSA was formed a few years ago - The World of Motorsport SA (WOMZA)- and they hold their own National Championships. The 2012 WOMZA National Midget Car Championship For Dirt was won by Richard Ackerman. The oval tracks here in SA are either in one camp or the other with no clear indication when or if peace will ever break out!
Post by midgetmemories on Jul 15, 2015 8:58:47 GMT 1
Greetings to all, I dont't know if this is the correct procedure. I have registered under the user name of Midgetmemories.
Yes, I watched Murray Pohl in his white and blue no 3 many many times at the Malvern Stadium Johannesburg.His closest rival was Hilton Gray no 2?, then came ,in my opinion, Jimmy van Staden no 13, Norman Kent no 4, Sparky Davidson no 8? and Curly Johnson, I think he was from Bloemfontein, as a child I did not like him as he was too busy to give me his autograph.There were several others but my memory fails me.
One race that enthralled me at the time was a race between Murray Phol in his midget against Buddy Fuller, the then South African Speedway Champion two Champs against each other. I think it ended in a tie.
I can also remember Murray overturning on the Germiston side straight, head over hills but no injuries, and then Norman Kent, his Midget was Racing green, he smashed in the fence on the sourthern side of the track, also no injuries.
Their local pub after the racers was normally the Wayside Hotel.
Ihope this is a bit of info about the Mighty Midgets, oh yes the engines were normally Chev Millers, Chev Specials or Ford?
We also watched a demonstration by George Canal in his, I think, Maserati.
The last meeting I attended was the 1st August 1949, a public holiday, I think it was the King's birthday I was 13 years of age.
To add a little to what midgetmemories has said, the race between Murray Pohl and Buddy Fuller took place at the Old Barn on 5th August 1947 after Pohl laid down a challenge to Fuller. Pohl’s car was a 2800cc Chev Miller midget racer whilst Fuller’s machine was a 500cc OHV Jap speedway machine. I have heard from other sources that the challenge did end in a tie although apparently it could have been a contrived result!
Another such challenge was held at the S.A. Stadium at Malvern, Johannesburg probably in 1947 and involved midget car racer Hilton Gray but no record seems to exist as to whom the speedway rider may have been or the result. I suspect there were probably no more of these type of challenges as, with the exception of Malvern, the midgets were dropped from the programme of events at speedway meetings from 1948 onwards and consequently the midgets had to operate on their own.
I have been able to partly find the reason for the large time gap between Pohl's SA championship win in either 1946 or 1947 and the first MSA Championship in 1992. An organisation called the SA Oval Racing Association (SAORA) controlled oval track racing, e.g. sidecar speedway, sprint, midgets, production cars etc. , in South Africa prior to 1990 but were not recognised by the official governing body of motor sport (MSA). The SAORA collapsed in 1990 and moves were then set in motion for oval track racing to come under the control of MSA. Sadly no records of SAORA champions has been found with the exception of sidecar speedway nor is it known when SAORA came into existence. A few more SA results below: SA OVAL (DIRT) TRACK MIDGET CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 2007: G de Jongh 2014: Eerick Horn 2015: Wessel Rabe 2016: Wessel Rabe WOMZA OVAL (DIRT) TRACK MIDGET CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 2014: Shawn Jordaan WOMZA OVAL (TARMAC) TRACK MIDGET CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 2013: Richard Ackerman 2014: Tiaan Greyvenstein