The King Midget Car Club hosted its 70th Anniversary Jamboree in Athens County August 12-14. Every 10 years, the car club takes a break from hosting their annual jamboree around the country to come home to Athens. The visits always add to Athens’ whimsical vibe, so we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from this year’s jamboree.
But first, let’s discuss the King Midget…
It’s a microcar that was conceived and built in Athens, Ohio between 1946 and 1970.Originally, King Midgets (called “Kings” by their owners) came as a kit you ordered and assembled by yourself. By the late 1940s, you could purchase a King Midget Model II fully assembled, but owners continued to tinker with and customize their Kings. While brakes came standard on all cars, some King Midget owners liked having backup systems in place.
Throughout the 24 years they were manufactured, King Midgets were considered “the world’s number one fun car.”
In order for a King to be considered road worthy, it had to pass the High Street Hill Climb, which meant the car had to be able to make it up one of the highest hills in Athens. Each time the Kings host their Jamboree in Athens, they recreate this challenge.
Another favorite tradition of the King Midget Jamboree is to host a cruise-in along Court Street in Uptown Athens.
Unlike the 17-year cicadas, the 70th King Midget Jamboree has been an invasion everyone in Athens enjoyed.
Thanks for visiting us, Kings! We’ll see you at the 2027 Jamboree.
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