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Banger Racing

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Published March 25th 2011
Whereas in most forms of car racing drivers worry about crashing and damaging their vehicles, in banger racing drivers worry more about not crashing and damaging their vehicles.

Any driver ending a banger race with an intact, shiny vehicle would be deemed a complete failure. It's just not the way it's done in this sport.

The idea is to win the race, and on the way to the finishing line it's also a good idea to knock all the other drivers out of the way, hopefully bashing their cars to bits in the process.

Spedworth Motorsports are the main UK organisers of what they call 'short oval' races, which involve a mixture of both contact and non-contact types of racing.

Races might comprise the impressive National Hot Rods, 2.0 litre Hot Rods, Stock Rods, Rookie Rods, as well as a variety of Banger classes.

The very powerful, as well as funky looking, Brisca F1 stock cars also race at various meetings through the season.

London has its very own racetrack in Wimbledon. Considered the UK's top oval racing stadium, the 390-yard circuit has its pit lane close to the main grandstand, so spectators can easily enjoy all the action when the beat up cars come in for repairs, as well as the race itself of course.

Races take place on Sunday nights, though be sure to check their website to confirm dates and times.

A night at the banger races involves some of the craziest driving you'll ever see unless of course you're a regular on the M25...
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Why? Because it's hilarious and thrilling all at the same time.
When: Sunday evenings.
Where: Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, London SW17
Cost: Adult: 12; Senior Citizens: 10; Children (5 to 14 yrs): 6; Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children): 35.
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