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WQMA - A VERY SHORT HISTORY
WQMA will be 60 years old in 2017, although its history may predate the official start in 1957. In the early days it was known by various names such as Renton QMA and Northgate QMA. Because it did not have a permanent track, races were set up in parking lots. The name evolved into “Washington QMA” because it moved around Western Washington.
Eventually a home was found near Paine Field in Mukilteo, WA. Track a ge, limited space and a growing club lead to its current location at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe in 2007. The present facility was built with a grant from Snohomish County and countless contributions and volunteer hours, in order to host the Western Grand Nationals in 2011.
This short summary oversimplifies that in its history the club has had its fair share of challenges. At times membership was low and money was tight, but it has continued to exist due to dedicated individuals who recognize that watching their driver mature and thrive with racing – as well as the long-term friendships forged with other families - are priceless.
Goals and Objectives:
- To create and maintain a clean, safe, and healthy sport to be enjoyed by the entire family.
- To acquaint the younger generation with the handling of mechanical devices, coordination, alertness, and ability to handle motor-driven vehicles.
- To impress upon the younger generation the idea of fairness, generosity, good sportsmanship and a sense of responsibility, without envy of others.
Races, Racetrack and Cars:
- Races are held on an oval track, 1/20 of a mile in length.
- Speeds of 20 to 40 miles per hour are possible based on motor type.
- All races are staffed and run by family volunteers.
- All cars are required to undergo a strict safety inspection.
- Girls and Boys, ages 5 to 16
- Compete in divisions by age, weight and motor type. Girls and boys race against one another in 15 different classes.
- Safety is the club's number 1 concern. All drivers must have seat belts, racing jackets, gloves, full-face helmets, and neck and arm restraints.
- Drivers are required to go through a driver's training program.
Handlers, Parents, and Other Family Members:Children are the focus of quarter midget racing. Fathers, mothers, stepfathers, stepmothers, grandparents, and aunts and uncles - all can be involved! Ways to be involved:
- Working in the tower (scoring races), judging, flagging, corner workers, race directing, cafe, concessions, working in the scale house and staging (checking safety gear before a race).
- Holding club officer positions.
- Having FUN.
How much does it cost to watch?
Admission to our races is always free!
The engines are single-cylinder and are manufactured by Honda, Continental, Briggs & Stratton, and Deco. In the motor's stock configuration it produces between 2.5 & 4 horse power. Modifications in the upper classes allow these engines to reach several times the stock horse power. These air-cooled, 4-cycle engines are reliable and can produce as much as 10,000 rpm's in their more highly modified forms.
Engine specifications are set by the national governing board and enforced at each local club race by track officials.
The tracks are 1/20-mile banked ovals comprised of dirt, concrete, or asphalt surfaces. WQMA's is asphalt.
This sport has fewer injuries than little-league football. Quarter Midgets of America (our governing body) is constantly reviewing and evaluating safety rules to ensure that quarter midget racing remains a safe, competitive sport.
It teaches sportsmanship. A genuine respect for the rights of other drivers seems to be a natural development.
It develops coordination, a sense of timing and the ability to plan ahead.
It teaches self reliance. Once the green flag is dropped, the kids are on their own.
It is competitive. They learn to play hard but that rules must be observed. Rule infractions will result in disqualification.
It teaches safe driving and develops driving skill. Very few people ever develop the skill that these children develop. We believe this level of skill will be invaluable as adult drivers where they will have the instinct developed to do the right thing in the unforeseen situations we all encounter.
It develops a sense of responsibility. Alertness and concern for the safety of others is acquired.
It gives the drivers a well earned right to a sense of pride of accomplishment. They stand just a little taller and are a little more confident after becoming a Quarter midget driver.
Many people after seeing their first race feel that they are seeing a group of children far above average in ability. Most of us in the sport remember when we had the same impression. True, some drivers develop faster than others but almost all become skilled, competitive, alert and safe drivers. It is almost 100% certain that your child will too.
There are a variety of motors used for the many different classes we run. The Honda is probably the most economical; these engines cost about $900 new, but many good, competitive used motors can be found for $500-$600. For faster classes, engines can cost $1,500 or more.
You will also need to purchase all of the necessary safety gear for your driver. This includes a driving suit, gloves, arm restraints, full face helmet, and neck collar. Our current rule book has specifications for each piece of equipment.
The cost of a family membership at WQMA is currently $210 annually. For a "handler" membership (a grandparent, friend, etc.) the cost is $50. This membership includes secondary insurance for handlers and drivers. Pit fees are charged for entering your car in each race; these range from $20.00 to $60.00 depending on the type of race - be it club, regional or national.
Perhaps your driver is the next Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte, Bobbie Labonte, Kasey Kahne or Ryan Newman. They all got their start in Quarter Midgets as well as Sleepy Trip, Jimmy Kite, Kenny Irwin Jr. and many others. Admission is free at all events.
Our members are very friendly and passionate about quarter midget racing! We are happy to answer any questions you have, so feel free to contact anyone on our Contacts list for more information, or come watch some races and ask our other members for guidance!
Family Memberships cost $210 and single (Handler) memberships cost $50. Memberships expire at the end of the calendar year; there is a $15 penalty for late renewals.
Annual Membership Forms: If you would like to have membership forms mailed to you, please contact Jamie Loonam. To fill out these forms on your computer, please download (click "download" - not "print") and save to your computer, then open the saved document. You will then be able to edit, save and print the completed forms.
Forms for Your First Race of the Season: At (or before) the first race you participate in each season, you and your child will have to fill out an annual waiver for racing at WQMA (this waiver is for our land owners, the Evergreen State Fairgrounds). Please click here for the forms. You can also turn in these forms with your membership application to save time the day of the first race!
See our Training page for more information about getting started!
Our club meetings are usually held the first Friday* of each month at Alfy's Pizza:
19121 State Rte. 2, Monroe, WA 98272
* Please check the schedule page regularly, as dates sometimes change due to racing conflicts.
** Say you're there for the WQMA Meeting & get pizzas for 1/2 price!! **
Check our Schedule page to see what's on the calendar!!
Car Set-up: Click here for more information on how quarter midgets are set up and other information.
Do your kids want to try out quarter midget racing? Join us for our annual Ride Day! Please see our Ride Day page for more information.