Newsletter Vol. III 2006 Ed. #2
Moss 1/4 and 1/2 midgets
Posted on 7/1/2006
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One of the many companies to produce quarter and half midgets during the 1950’s was the Moss MidJET Sales Corporation, 192 E. Beach Avenue, Inglewood, CA. Moss produced eyecatching quarter midget and half midget versions for drivers from age 3 to adult. These sharp cars utilized positive rack and pinion steering, 3 H.P. Continental engines, a 1” diameter rear axle running in sealed self-aligning ball bearings, friction shocks, 50 3/8” wheelbase, 34” tread, with 6” diameter front and rear wheels and tires. Bodies were one-piece heavy fiberglass with a removable tail cone.

Moss quarter midget

On display at the EARHS showroom are examples of both a 1957 Moss quarter midget and a 1958 Moss half midget owned by member Paul Weisel of Orefield, PA. The quarter midget features original mag wheels with asphalt tires and was campaigned in the acramento, CA area. It was purchased in original condition from Bruce Risley of Rancho Cordova, CA in 2000.

The half midget was purchased at auction in January, 2006 and received a complete transformation in the shops of Bob Howe in Lititz, PA. The restoration was recently completed and it is a wonderful example of the 1958 version of the Moss half midget. The two cars are on display next to each other and the differences between the quarter and half midgets are striking. Cockpit size for the Moss half midgets easily accommodates most adults and the half midget features the Moss header pipe as optional equipment.

Moss half midget before resoration


Moss half midget after restoration

EARHS Corporate Level Sponsors

Please support our sponsors
Weisel Racing Equipment, Inc. Orefield, PA
Joseph J. Plunkett, P.C. Allentown, PA
The Gang at Stoner Racing Enola, PA
High Speed Graphics Orefield, PA
Butch's Burner Service Bethlehem, PA
Father & Son Spl. #33 Junie & Bing Metz
R&S Oil Co. Breinigsville, PA
KLASCAR, Inc. Orefield, PA
Leigh Earnshaw Ent. Morgantown, PA
Pocono Raceway Mattioli Foundation Long Pond, PA
Midnight Machine Works Eddie Gittens Mountaintop, PA

Your monetary sponsorship in any denomination or donations of historically significant items, photos, documents, etc. toward projects undertaken by the EARHS are welcomed and encouraged. EARHS is recognized as a federally tax exempt charity by the IRS under Section 501c(3).

EARHS "wants and needs"

Wanted: Racing photo collections - share and preserve programs. If you have vintage racing photos, EARHS would like to be able to scan and copy these items. All items will be returned intact and we can provide you with a computer disc of those items from significant collections.

We are especially interested in Dorney Park items from the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's and all Allentown Fair items, including indoor racing events, but all items are welcome.

We continue to fill our showroom - all members are invited to visit and check our progress. Please call Pete (610 398-2188) or Paul (610 395-5303) to arrange a time to visit.