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Year: 1954

Manufacturer: Viking Craft

Model: Quarter Midget

Country: USA

Leslie Kendall

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1954 Viking Craft Quarter Midget

This glassfibre-bodied runabout was built by Viking Craft of Anaheim, California. Viking Craft was a travel-trailer manufacturer owned by Doug Caruthers, who was also an early quarter-midget enthusiast. The father of two boys, Caruthers formed the Quarter Roadster Association to standardise quarter-midget rules and safety regulations. He also built the well remembered Jelly Bean Bowl during the early 1950s on property that was acquired in 1955 by Walt Disney, who terminated the lease just one year later in order to make room for Disneyland.

One of the first midget-racer manufacturers to use glassfibre in the construction of their bodies, Viking Craft displayed five quarter midgets in its booth at the 1954 Petersen Motorama at the Pan Pacific auditorium in Los Angeles.

Unusually sophisticated for a quarter midget, this example is equipped with a transmission, having two forward speeds and a reverse gear. It was given to the owner by his father when he was two years old, and remains in entirely original condition, including paint, upholstery and mechanical components.


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