Midget cars, also known as street racers in Australia, are a category of racing automobiles. The vehicles are usually very small with a high horsepower-to-weight ratios and usually use four-stroke engines. They were first developed in the U.S in the early 1930s and have been raced around the globe since that time. In Australia they are generally used for racing and are sometimes modified to become more aerodynamic. However they are also used for touring and racing events.
Midget racing has been around for quite some time. In the past it was a source of livelihood for many people in Australia. They built the cars in large quantities and then sold them to racing organizations. Some countries were known for having the best midget racing, which included the United Kingdom, the U.S.A. and Italy. The first race in Australia was held in Perth, Western Australia in 1933. This was the birth of the world renowned Midget Auto Racing Association of Australia (MARA).
In Australia many races take place on streets and open paddocks, and often times these pits are owned by the organizers themselves. Many times there are large numbers of spectators at the track, which can be a problem for some organizers. In these situations there are typically pit boxes attached to the track, or sometimes in between the track itself. These pit boxes are the venues from where the teams will do their racing. In addition to the pit box, there are usually a few rows of spectator stands at the track to provide spectators with an extra view of the cars in action.
Many Midget auto racing events are held in local arenas and even in road racing venues. These venues are usually made out of concrete, wood and fiberglass. There is often a fence along one side of the arena to keep spectators from being able to view the racing. Many times the pit and arena walls are made out of aluminum and steel, so that the spectators can have a great view of the cars. When there is a race going on, a security guard will be posted at the entrance to the pit and arena, but even after this he will stand by to let the driver and the spectators know when he is coming out so that no spectators will be able to get in.
Pit boxes are made out of either metal or fiberglass. A metal pit box is usually more durable and much heavier than one made out of plastic or fiberglass. and has a reinforced wall and flooring. Fiberglass and plastic pit boxes tend to be light weight, although they can still be constructed with thick walls and a reinforced floor. As far as the flooring is concerned, a plastic pit box will not last as long as a fiberglass one, but can still be made to last a long time with proper maintenance. The steel and fiberglass boxes however are very heavy duty and can support a lot of weight without any problems.
Midget cars and pit boxes are built by companies in Australia that specialize in this type of racing, which are known as Midget racing organizations. These companies purchase the pit boxes, chassis, engine and any other parts that are necessary for the running of a Midget race and sell them to the right individuals who will then put them to good use.