Mouldy Old Dough (Ongoing)

The deafening sounds of revving V6’s reverberating around your chest, the unmistakable smell of petrol and burning rubber offering unrivalled ecstasy, this is the stimulation of the senses that banger racing omits. It never fails to bring a smile to my face. It has been a huge part of both mine and my families’ life. My grandfather raced during the 1970’s and my father raced during the 1980’s, inevitably the steering wheel passed down to me. I went to my first meeting aged 4, began racing aged 10 and continue to spectate to this day. 

This is a familiar story across the world of banger racing, a community motorsport at odds with the riches and marketing power of Formula One. It’s like a family heirloom, handed down from generation to generation, valuable to some though not to others but it’s a tradition increasingly under threat. The ever-decreasing number of tracks across the UK is caused by the value of land for development and the lack of finance to sustain their use for motorsport. Since the 1960’s, 111 tracks have closed or no longer run the banger formula leaving just 30 tracks, many of which are being run event to event. The bleak reality is that they are far more economically viable as development sites, resulting in generic housing estates and retail parks replacing them as social hubs for the community. Is there a long-term future for the UK banger racing scene?

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