Rick Haynes' 1965 MG Midget Vintage Racecar

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Owner: Rick Haynes
City: Hebron, Ohio
Model: 1965 MG Midget
Engine: BMC A-Series 1275cc

 

Coming off the scales after winning his race. 1275cc Spridgets are required to weigh at least 1470#, plus 20# if "no headlights", plus 25# if "no charging system", plus 20# if "removal of passenger seat".

 
Exterior

At the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association's 2012 US Vintage Grand Prix of Watkins Glen, Rick Haynes circled the challenging 3.4 mile circuit with a very quick best lap time of 2:23.203 (85.473mph) to finish first overall in Saturday's Group 1 feature race.

 

Rick Haynes won the 1985 SCCA National Championship (F-Production Class) in an MG Midget.

 

Fastest qualifier, Charlie Guest, comes back to shake hands with Rick before the race.

 

Authentic vintage-style aluminum MG Midget chin spoiler.

 

Flared fenders.

 

Kendall GT-1 livery. Late model Ford Mustang "Grabber Orange" paint.

 

Front: Panasport Racing 13x6 aluminum wheels and Hoosier Street T.D. *S P185/60D13 racing tires.

 

Rear: fake Minilite Sports eight-spoke wheels, probably made by Western.

Engine Installation

1275cc BMC A-Series engine with 0.020" overbore.

 

The remote reservoirs are marked: "Use Only Castrol Girling Fluid".

 

Sports & Imports modified Spridget pedal assembly.

 

George Bachmann at Midwest Motorsports ports Rick's cylinder heads.

 

Engines run better and make more power from cooler air.

 

Sports & Imports modified dual S.U. HS4 (1.5") carburetors.

 

Sports & Imports copper and brass crossflow radiator.

 

Mallory Unilite distributor and Jeg's 8mm Power Wire spark plug wires.

 

MSD (Multiple Spark Discharge) model 6AL ignition box. Note: the 6AL
model includes a rev-limiter, but Rick doesn't use that feature.

 

Custom fabricated aluminum coolant header and crankcase breather tanks.

 

Megaphone style exhaust tip.

 

Jaz Products Pro Sport fuel cell with D-ring cap and breather.

 

Dual Facet (Bendix style) fuel pumps. Fram HPG1 fuel filter.

 

Two styles of Sports & Imports wet sump oil pans. The pan in the center
(with external pickup port) is similar to what Rick uses on his own car.

 

Titan roller rockers (1.5:1 ratio.) Isky chrome-moly tubular pushrods (8.437" long, part# SP-003).

 

Top of frame: a nifty pointer to aim your dial-back timing light at. Center: a Hall effect
sensor has been positioned to detect crankshaft speed, but apparently it senses just one
tooth once per revolution. (In this view, we can't see any teeth on the trigger wheel.)

Front Suspension

Modified upper and lower control arms. Normally, a Spridget's upper control arm is a single link
that's integral to the lever shock absorber. Here, a supplemental link extends rearward.

 

A theoretical advantage of lever shock absorbers over telescoping shocks is they don't add
unsprung weight. In practice, most racers prefer tuning telescoping shocks.

 

Billet steel kingpins.

 

A swaged Monte Carlo bar stiffens the front suspension mounting areas.

Rear Suspension

Straightened axle housing for a welded differential and 4.2:1 gears.
A Watts linkage keeps the axle centered, relative to the body.

 

Gullwing springs were developed to provide clearance for the very wide
racing slick tires used on MG Midget racecars in the 1970s.

 

This is a slipper style three-link rear suspension: spacers prevent the U-bolts from
clamping to the leafsprings, so the springs only locate the axle in one axis. Three
radius rods (two under the springs and one centered, above the driveshaft) locate the axle.

 

This is one of the radius rod mounting brackets.

 

Spring shackle.

 

Rick is using two-piece axles. The axle shaft and the hub are connected by splines.
Blue sealant helps deter axle lube from seeping through the splined joint.

Interior

Vitaloni Sebring mirrors. Toggle switches are labeled "Oil", "Dist", and "Crank".

 

This very same fiberglass bucket seat was used by Jon Woodner at the 1971 SCCA Runoffs.

 

Lecarra steering wheel mounted on a quick release hub. G-Force 5-point harness (w/ Pyrotech pads).

 

Jones / Moroso mechanical tachometer, AutoMeter Sport-Comp oil pressure gauge, Westech
dual pyrometer, Stewart Warner oil temperature gauge, low oil pressure light, AutoMeter
fuel pressure gauge, and AutoMeter Sport-Comp coolant temperature gauge.

 

Allstar Performance remote brake bias adjuster knob.

 

What a nifty little dead pedal!

 

This Accusump oil accumulator is electrically actuated from a toggle switch on the dashboard.

 

Attwood Sea Guard marine battery box. Phoenix Halon fire suppression system.

 

Fram Racing HP11 engine oil filter, remotely mounted.

 

Shoulder harness attachment details.

 

This is the spring mount at the rear of the trunk floor which supports the tailpipe.

 

 

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E-Mail: Rick Haynes

Phone: (614) 231-7194
352 National Rd, SE
Hebron , Ohio 43025
 

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