Peter's Midge, known locally as the Midgelet is, like almost all Midges, unique. But his is a bit more unique than most. Assuming that is grammatically acceptable.
First it has been through two complete builds in its 29 years by the same Peter (rare) and is still the same colour (more rare) and secondly (even rarer) it now has a coach-built wooden frame and a hand beaten beetle back. For those interested in making bodywork the hard way Joep Bustin’s Midge might also be of interest.
Here, however are Peter's words.
Those of you of a similar age to me might remember a BBC children's TV program in the late 60's ' called Picture Box. One episode showed our hero building a car from bits of cars he picked up from a scrapyard, remember those? This stayed with me throughout my teens and into my twenties when I became keen to own something a bit different from the rest and I discovered a plan built car called the Burlington Arrow with the faintly derogatory tagline that went something like "...have you seen the price of plastic bathtubs?". I bought a copy of Kitcars and Specials and found the Burlington wasn't the only plan built car available, a local guy by the name of Roy Richards had built something called a Triumph 'Midge' using nothing more than a couple of sheets of ply and a Spitfire chassis. No money to buy a 'plastic bathtub' it looked like this was my only route. I visited Roy to get some hints and tips and found he was selling the original engine for £90 so the build was on! I managed to score a chassis from a nearby farm where someone had mixed concrete in the boot which had eaten the rear bodywork, I didn't need this anyway so I called in a favour from a friend with a flatbed and crane and got it home to my single lock up with no heat, light or power. The chassis needed a few modifications and the body was cut out of three quarter inch ply using the full size paper patterns purchased from John Cowperthwaite. The tub was skinned in thin Aluminium and it was time for paint but what colour? Roy's was red so that was out, then I saw a car on the front cover of another Kit car magazine and managed to contact the owner who told me the colour of his MG replica featured was Jaguar indigo blue, the decision was made.