Early Microd History

 

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The Sport of Microding began in Skaneateles NY, in 1955 as the number of Microds exceeded 25, village officials approached the cars designer Bob Robinson, about creating a “safe place” for the kids to drive their Microds. Bob designed a 1/10th mile oval track for the kids to race on. (see Drawing Below)  It was dirt & built in Austin Park. (Where the Welch-Allen Ice Arena is now)  Skaneateles Microds Inc. (as the club was called) lasted 11 Seasons till 1965. See Chart at bottom of Page for all past & current club dates.

 

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Microding’s first Track, (Austin Park, Skaneateles New York 1955)

 

        As the 1956 season arrived three new Microd Clubs were formed and started racing. They were located in Auburn, Camillus, & Syracuse at the NY State Fair Grounds.  The New York State Microd Association (NYSMA) also began in 1956, it’s sole purpose was to co-ordinate efforts between the four clubs for their appearance during the NY State Fair with the “New” State Championship Race being held on Labor Day each year. Later NYSMA became the sport’s sanctioning body when the founder Bob Robinson left the sport. Chester Copes Won the First ever NY State Championship at age 12. (See Picture Below). 1957 brought the addition of the Homer Microd Club, bringing the total to five. Racing’s third season also included the dimension of driving on an asphalt track when the Syracuse State Fair track was paved. Two more clubs were added bringing the total to 7 in 1958 with the addition of the Fulton & Wolcott Microd Clubs. Then in 1959 (Lyons and Williamson) both in Wayne County NY were added bringing the total to 9. It would be 17 Years before another Club would be added (Southern Tier) in 1976.

 

 

 

        In 1966 the car’s design was changed so that the axels were on top of the frame instead of below. This lowered the center of gravity and reduced the number of flips especially on the blacktop tracks. This 2nd verision of Original “woodframe” design called the ‘Special’ was tested during the 1965 season, before going “State Wide” in 1966. The “Special” is still in use at The Finger Lakes Microd Club today.

 

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Photo’s  (1) -  Tom Morrison with his “Original Special”(Note: NYS {New York  State} after the number, Photo taken in 1965 {the test year} at Lyons NY)

               (2) - Chester Copes Receiving the 1956 NY State Championship Trophy from TV Star Leo Carillo (Poncho).  NY State Fair Grounds

 

         In 1976 the Metal frame era began when Square metal tubing was permitted to replace the wood 2 x2’s that have been in microds for so long.

 

Today there are 1 Dirt & 1 Asphalt Microd Tracks in New York. **Click Here for a Map of both current N.Y. Microd Tracks.

 

A List of Past & Current Microd Clubs as of 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of Seasons

Years

 

Year Started

Club {Original} Name

of Existence

of Existence

Other & Current Names

1955

Skaneateles Microds Inc.

11

1955-1965

 

1956

Syracuse-Geddes Microd Club

59

1956- Present

 

1956

New York State Microd Assoc.

59

1956- Present

 

1956

Camillis Microd Club

 

1956-?

 

1956

Auburn Elks Microd Club

14

1956-1969

 

1957

Homer Microd Club

58

1957- Present

Cortland County,  Midstate

1958

Wolcott Microd Club

9

1958- 1966

 

1958

Fulton Microd Club

3

1958-1960

 

1959

Lyons Jr. Racing Association

27 + 5 = 32

1959-1985, 1990-1994

 

1959

Williamson Microd Club

56

1959- Present

Sodus

1976

Southern Tier Microd Club

39

1976- Present

 

1983

Finger Lakes Microd Club

32

1983- Present

 

1992

Classic Microd Club

4

1992-1995

 

1993

Tri-County Microd Club

22

1993- Present

 

1995

Groton Microds {part of Flmc}

20

1995- Present

 

1997

Starlite Racing Club

10

1997- 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Clubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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