Midget Car Racing is a form of racing involving cars of smaller dimensions than normal that race on grass. It is very much a family orientated branch of motorsport.

Race meetings are generally held in Wicklow, coinciding with local festivals. Midget Car Racing is a fun and economical way to learn the concept of car control on slippery surfaces.

 

TYPES OF VEHICLES

Vehicles are of a single seater type and are scaled down, home built machines that use standard components obtainable from any car dismantler nationwide. Classes of vehicles are defined by engine capacity and are as follows: up to 850cc rear-engined mini, up to 1000cc front engined driving rear wheels, and up to 1200cc front engined driving rear wheels. Chassis and bodywork construction details are kept simple and straightforward. Exact specifications are published in the current Motorsport Ireland Yearbook in Appendix 92.

 

WHERE AND WHEN

Midget Car races run between April and October in grass field sites. View the Motorsport Ireland calendar of events for details of each event.

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LICENCE REQUIREMENTS AND STARTING AGE

A Clubman category "National A" grade licence is required. A doctor’s certificate is required for a first time licence and this is part of the licence form. The minimum age limit is 16 years of age. A Road Traffic Act driving licence is not required. Competitors under 18 years of age require written permission from parents or guardians. A first time licence costs as little as €50 if you are a member of a Motorsport Ireland affiliated Motor Club.

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HOW TO GET STARTED

If you are interested in getting started in Midget Car Racing the first step is to contact Motorsport Ireland by phone on 01 677 5628 or email info@motorsportireland.com, Motorsport Ireland annually publishes a Yearbook containing all the rules and regulations for Irish Motorsport, with Appendix 92 catering for Midget Cars. The full Yearbook is available to view on this website as is the calendar of events. 

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SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

All vehicles must have a safety rollover bar, electric cut out switch, fire extinguisher, and safety harness. All vehicles must pass scrutiny each time to compete in an event.

 

SPECIAL CLOTHING

You will require a helmet, fireproof overalls, boots, and gloves. Details of helmet and clothing standards are published in Appendix 2 of the Motorsport Ireland Yearbook.

I FIRST PUT ON A HELMET AT 21 AND WAS INSTANTLY HOOKED ON THE THRILL OF MIDGET CAR RACING AND WELCOMED INTO A COMMUNITY THAT HAS A LONG AND RICH HERITAGE.
Joe Sheppard, MRCCI Club Secretary

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