Derek Chima’s 1966 MG Midget Race Car Number 9

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Derek Chima’s MG Midget Car, Number 9

Owner: Chima

City: Akron,

Model: 1966 MG Midget

1275cc BMC A-Series

Race by: CC Motorsports

History of the Mike MG Midget

This MG Midget was by Jim Pinney for his son Mike in 1975. it, Mike convincingly won SCCA’s G-Production national championship. the race, Mike sold the so that he could purchase one of the Huffaker built MGB race The Midget went to a local racer in northeast Ohio, who raced it about a dozen over the course of three

The engine and transmission were removed and the car was stored from through 2001, when Chima purchased it.

Cosmetically, the car has hardly changed 1978. From the front rearward, it hasn’t even repainted. Derek wanted to the look and feel of late-seventies but nonetheless the car needed to be restored and up to date with current requirements. A few changes were made to make the car more fun for racing. Derek hired his Craig to handle these

He couldn’t have made a choice! Craig has been and racing Midgets (and British sports cars) for twenty-five years. Craig his own number-9 Midget to an F-Production national championship victory in


Craig runs a race and restoration shop called CC in Akron, Ohio.

Derek’s was originally produced in very 1966. It was one of the last Midgets with a 1098cc engine. (MG a running change and began 1275cc engines.) Depending on size, MG Midgets have raced in three different Production classes. Derek’s raced in the middle one:

For vintage racing, the Chima decided to install a 1275cc and thus move up to the F-Production

Craig worked closely George Bauchman of Midwest in Toledo to get the engine just Over the years, these two have dyno tested a lot of together. They know works.

Bauchman built the cylinder and provided the custom camshaft and for Derek’s motor.

BMC A-Series four cylinder engine, Weber sidedraught carburetor.

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an engine always involves a of decisions based on intuition and on the specific needs. For example, if you a highly skilled driver and gear ratios (in both the and axle), and if you want your to win an SCCA championship, you’re going to want S.U. Craig explains that carbs will usually demonstrably better peak on a fully race-prepped 1275cc engine that’s turning or higher revolutions per minute.

However, a Weber 45DCOE makes more sense for application because it suits a variety of conditions. For example, the brothers are running one axle all season long, instead of ratios to suit specific (Bonus: starting the engine and across the paddock is a whole lot

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Craig built tuned long branch headers for Derek’s However, these aren’t the same headers Craig install if he were building a for SCCA racing today. The fashion is to carefully route the back through the differential so that the car can sit lower. (In SCCA this is a big advantage because routinely move suspension points on the chassis to improve geometry, while achieving a low ride height.

Vintage racers are generally to leave suspension pick-up on the chassis in their original The custom headers on Derek’s car are they suit its conventional routing and higher ride

In total, it took about a to restore Derek’s Midget to condition. The two brothers take it to a lot of and simply enjoy playing the car. In 2009, we saw it run strongly at The Classic Gold Cup races at International Raceway and also at The US Grand Prix at Watkins

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