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HISTORY LIVES: Quarter Midget Racing


The Aug. 18, 1959 issue of The Doylestown Intelligencer reported that “Billy Kline, driving car No. 9, highlighted the weekly racing of the Doylestown Quarter-Midget Racing Club Friday night on the Country Fair Grounds track before a crowd of 300.” On May 19, 1960, the newspaper reported on “tomorrow night’s opening program of the DQMRC at the Doylestown Shopping Center parking lot.” In August 1962, “Quarter Midget drivers from all over the United States will converge on the Doylestown Quarter Midget track at the Doylestown Shopping Center. More than 100 entries are expected… from as far away as California.”

The dedicated racetrack was located on the site of today’s Wesley Enhanced Living until 1976 when, with no place to race, the season did not open as “the track was closed in the fall of 1975 due to its proximity to new high-rise apartments.”

Quarter midget cars are approximately one-quarter the size of a full-size midget race car. The cars, rules and safety procedures are designed specifically for kids. They race on oval tracks approximately 1/20 of a mile, and a child who is 5 years old to 16 years old can race.

According to the Honey Brook Speedway website, the Doylestown Club moved to the Speedway at 2177 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA, in the 1970s; and racing continues there today.

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