Can the cars which raced in 1934 really be called midget cars. More likely they were lightweight roadsters converted for use on small tracks. It was not until 1936 when the Eltos and Skirrows appeared that real midget cars were seen in Britain IMO. The nearest to a midget before that was probably the 'Gnat' built and designed by Jean Reville.
Post by administrator on Mar 31, 2013 16:31:41 GMT 1
I think its generally accepted that the cars racing in 1934 were not 'genuine' midgets but rather light cars. As you say the first attempts at midget cars were in 1935 with Jean Reville's "Gnat' and also Spike Rhiando's car - didn't he call it 'The Duck'? 1934 midget car racing was akin to the 1928 start of speedway when stripped-down road bikes competed - then came the specialist bikes like the Douglas and Rudge. And so it was with early midget car racing - and small light car capable of a turn of speed was used on the track.