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History: "It started with a Midget"
Started in 1966, when my Dad & I purchased the new 1/24 scale Monogram Midget slot cars and the "Hot Shot" midget kits.
A short time after the release of the midgets, a friend of my Dad's started racing these cars at his home on a 4 lane Revell track. He had Friday night races with the neighborhood kids. All the midgets he ran were modeled after midgets & drivers, from "USAC" or "Badger". The name of his group was called the
"Short Circuit Racing Assn. (SCRA). He did this for 18 years. (1966 to 1984).
Dad & I occasionally raced at his house. We decided to form our own group, so in November of 1976, we formed the "Mighty Midget Racing Assn. (MMRA).
In 1976, our first home track consisted of a plywood table with rough routed slots. As time went on, the tracks got better, along with the routing. We tried plywood, particle board, luan wood, & now MDF wood. MDF has turned out to be the best & smoothest surface to work with. (Although it is the worst when routing).
In 30 plus years of midget racing, my Dad & I built 12 tracks, everything from a 4 lane road course (1960's) to 4, 5, & 6 lanes ovals. The current track is a 5 lane semi "D" shape, on 1/2 in. MDF. The table is 7'10 in. wide x 14 ft long. The track is on the 7 ft x 14 ft section of the table. The 10 in section was set aside for scenery & bleachers. (Can be seen on the "2000 to Present" page).
The midgets have basically stayed the same. From the old "Offy" styled body to todays look of the fancy hoods & cowls. (Aerodynamics). Some of the midgets we run are the old style and some are the new style. Some cars are modeled after real ones and others are our own design. Out of the 40 + cars I have, at least half still have the original motors, and the majority of them are running the old "Aj's" silicones tires. When making the newer body styles, it's a matter of doing some chopping of old style and using sheet plastic to form the new look. We use the original driver. On occasion I have cut the drivers arms & hands to make a better fit in the cockpit. When I make the role cages, front and rear nerfs, side bars, I use 16 gauge handy wire.
Over the years, we ran on a lot of different tracks and surfaces. Dad & I enjoyed building each one, with improvements made on each one.
Tosa Raceway Park" is the home for Midget racing, but we do run other shows, stock cars, sportsmans, modifieds, un-limited modifieds, sprint cars and jalopy's.
I'm glad to say, the "Mighty Midget Racing Association" is still going strong today, with help from other fellow racers that have interest in the slot car hobby. My thanks to all.
This site is dedicated to my Dad, who enjoyed slot car racing, building cars, & tracks.
I will post pictures of our different tracks & cars from the past 40 + years.
Thanks for taking the time to look. Hope you enjoy it.
Any questions or comments about the web site, contact me at: Gene@TosaRacewayPark.com