Quarter Midget Racing is Great Fun for All!
The Baylands Quarter Midget Racing Association is a non-profit organization providing children ages 5-17 in the San Francisco Bay Area a clean safe place to race Quarter Midget cars.
The club has a permanent facility with a paved 1/20th mile track at the Santa Clara County Off-highway Vehicle Park, on Metcalf Road in South San Jose.
They’re bringing a big display of quarter midgets along with some of their young racers to showcase at this year’s Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, April 30 at Half Moon Bay Airport.
Quarter Midget Racing is a family oriented sport that involves racing with specially prepared, very safe race cars. The cars, called a "Quarter Midget", follow rules and safety procedures that are designed specifically for kids. Quarter Midgets race on oval tracks approximately 1/20 of a mile and can be on surfaces of concrete, asphalt, or dirt.
Safety features include full roll cages, multi-point seat harnesses, full face helmets, and other gear. The Quarter Midget Association is constantly reviewing and evaluating safety rules to ensure that quarter midget racing remains a safe, yet competitive sport.
What is a Quarter Midget?
A Quarter Midget car is a scaled-down version of an actual midget racer, approximately 1/4 scale. The cars are built around a tubular frame and are fully suspended with springs or torsion bars and shocks. The bodies are fiberglass, usually painted to the drivers preference. Surrounding the driver is a chrome-moly roll cage and nerf bars. The engines are single cylinder and are manufactured by Honda, Continental, Briggs & Stratton, and Deco. In the motors stock configuration they produce between 2.5 & 4 horse power. Modifications in the upper classes allow these engines to reach several times the stock horse power. These air-cooled 4-cycle engines are reliable and can produce as much as 10,000 rpm's in their more highly modified forms.
Learn more about the Baylands Quarter Midget Racing Association at http://www.baylandsqma.com