Looking at the 1969 revival midgets that have been posted they look more like what one regards as a midget car than some of the vehicles now being touted by the MGPC and so many rear engine racers. What went wrong after 1969 is simple to work out - no hard and fast rules by Spedeworth on car specs - tragically. That's why the formula has never taken off - I recall many of the soap-box image racers that were allowed on track in the early 1970s. I cannot ever see midget cars in the UK having another chance at what many term as 'the big breakthrough' which is tragically sad for small oval racing fans.
Having read through the various bits in Living With Spede I think these pictures must be the opener at Wimbledon in 1968 - Rod Tanswell talks about completing the build of the cars and I am fairly sure the white Mk3 is his. I have always had a notion that 1967 were demonstration events and that all of 1968 was competition but of course the first showings in the latter could well have been demos too.
...and now you must excuse me, I need to have my nap...
John can you tell me if these pictures had any accompanying text (article) and captions? Many thanks. Interesting to see one of the cars facing the wrong way unless the shot is mirrored.
I am sure this has been covered elsewhere but yes it was Jenks in the Mk3 Dastle and Ez Walker had the car but I think Richard Nadin's is still the only restored Mk3 out there.
Also I think these pics are late 1967 or early 1968 rather than 1969. The lack of race numbers on the cars suggests it might be '67. The article text might clear that one up too.
I must apologise for the delay in replying. Sadly, part from the photos I have no other information in regard to either the cars or who was in them.
However, as has been mentioned. the data in 'Living With Spede' is about the best source for any comments on the revival. Was it before 1969 - as far back as 1967 has been mentioned.
Maybe Geoff Rumble - who I think is still around? - could be the real source for the early development of midget car racing.I last saw Geoff when I took the midgets (the other drivers were Tony Stubbs, John and Pete Smith, and Dermot McGivern) to a practice at Hackney Speedway very early 1980s (I think 1982).