The biggest Banger racing meeting for a generation takes place at the Arlington Stadium, Eastbourne next Saturday, all in the name of charity.
In what has been a quiet year for Worthing’s Mike Maggs by his high standards, the driver who specialises in chaos and destruction is set to take on Europe’s best at the discipline.
Hosted by the country’s largest and most respected team, The Bears, ‘The Bears Big Bash’ aims to raise as much money as possible for The Royal Alexandra children’s hospital in Brighton.
Over 130 drivers from right across England, Scotland and Wales will be descending on the Sussex village of Arlington, to do battle and to support a very worthy cause.
For the first time, a sizeable contingent has been attracted by the organisers to cross the water from mainland Europe. Team Wolf has a four man team travelling from France, whilst Hammertime are a team from Holland renowned for their hard hitting.
Amongst the overseas drivers, will be the winner of the car raffled earlier in the year. Alan Leonard from Ireland was the name drawn out of the hat much to his surprise.
As well as The Bears, other teams racing and crashing include the Wild Bunch, The Squad, 3 Litre, Wonky Donkey and the Wild Boyz.
With so many drivers descending on Sussex with the intention of taking on the sport’s biggest names on their home turf, The Bears may have their work cut out to preserve their reputation of being the biggest and the best.
Traditionally, the strength in depth of the team always sees them victorious in the Destruction Derby where the last car running is the winner. There will be several drivers looking to return home with that scalp, but only time will tell.
This is the third time The Bears have hosted this event, which has grown year on year. The meeting has become so popular that a move to a purpose built stadium became essential on Safety grounds.
With Arlington being The Bears home track, where better to hold this massive event.
Racing starts at 5:30pm with gates open at 3:30pm.
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