About the Club.
Welcome to the home page of the Midge Owners and Builders Club. The organisers are volunteers, and all income received is used for the benefit of Club members. The club consists of people from all walks of life, and aims to be a source of information and interest for those who are owners, builders, buyers or enthusiasts of the Midge car designed by John Cowperthwaite.
This home page is www.mobc.co.uk , The domain is now directed here, if your computer pulls up the old home page I've left instructions there how to get back here which used to be called www.midgebuilders.homestead.com but there's not much point in duplicating that information here. Click Old Web Pages on the left to go there.
What is a Midge?
The Midge was designed by John Cowperthwaite, who ran JC Auto Patterns of Sheffield and also designed a Lotus Seven styled kit car called the Locust and the Moss range of kit cars. The Midge first appeared in 1985 as a home built car that could be constructed from a set of plans using the majority of the mechanical components from a Triumph Herald, Vitesse or Spitfire. An alternative donor car was a Ford Escort, but Ford Midges are comparatively rare as they required a special chassis. The project was passed on to T&J of Rotherham, followed by White Rose of Kent. When White Rose ceased trading, the Midge plans and manufacturing rights were purchased by the Midge Owners and Builders Club. Various interested parties, such as insurance companies, aren’t too keen on the term ‘Kit Car’ so the club has decided to use the term re-bodied. Midges are not a kit as such. The term Coach-built seemed rather pretentious although not entirely inaccurate The Triumph based Midge is constructed on a modified Herald, Spitfire or Vitesse Chassis. The bodywork is constructed from materials including marine plywood and sheet aluminium. The plans are used to cut out the bodywork and with the help of the build manual, a Midge can be completed for around £2000 plus the cost of the donor car. The final cost depends on the mechanical condition of the donor, where the builder sources his parts, and the authenticity he wishes to incorporate. For instance a set of wire wheels look great, but the original Triumph steel wheels are quite serviceable. Potential builders should also note that because the original chassis is modified by removing the front and rear outriggers and making other adjustments the car falls under the UK IVA regulations so some allowance should be made for these requirements. There is an advisory note at the bottom of "how do I join" on the left hand menu. For the enthusiast who wishes to build one of these cars, it is easier to purchase a Midge requiring restoration, but which is correctly registered with the DVLA.
The Mk2 Midge is based on 4 wheel drive Suzuki SJ models 410, 413 and 413 Samurai and does not require chassis modification.
The Midge Owners and Builders Club is web based and is able to provide technical advice and support to members. It has around 110 members mostly in the UK but stretching into countries including France, Italy, South Africa, Netherlands and Australasia. Club membership is just £10 for a one-off Registration Fee so it is very good value for money in my humble.
For this you will receive a regular Newsletter, free technical advice and prior information about Midges for sale and wanted.
There is a Facebook page which members can join. It's a closed group which keeps out the public, and if you can stand facebook it has useful facets
Some members arrange the occasional get together at Car shows and visits to places of interest in the UK. Although Planetary Secretary, I'm in Scotland which restricts my options.
How do I join? Hint: top left and down one.
Where to get the Construction Plans and build Manual for a Mk1 or the NEW MK2?
Answer: Call me, I've got John's number.
How I can I find out about Midges for sale and wanted, or post an advert on the Website? Hint: same as previous.
Does anybody else know my dreadful secret?
Who can I talk to?
Answer: probably the best bet is email me, and we'll see what we can do.
What are you waiting for? - Why not join today?
My apologies to those Non English speaking Midge owners outside the UK. It is difficult being international and multi lingual. If you have an enquiry please email it in your own language, and if you can, add a translation from https://translate.google.co.uk/ or similar.
Mes excuses à ceux non Anglais parler Midge propriétaires en dehors du Royaume-Uni . Il est difficile d'être multilingue et multi internationale . Si vous avez une question s'il vous plaît écrivez- le dans votre propre langue , et si vous pouvez ajouter une traduction à partir https://translate.google.co.uk/ ou similaire qui aiderait .
Ich entschuldige mich für diese Nicht englischsprachigen Midge Besitzer außerhalb Großbritanniens . Es ist schwierig, dass internationale und mehrsprachige . Wenn Sie eine Anfrage haben, mailen Sie es in Ihrer eigenen Sprache , und wenn Sie eine Übersetzung aus https://translate.google.co.uk/ oder ähnliche hinzuzufügen , die helfen würden.