Dozens of racing stock cars banged their way round the Harringay Stadium circuit in London on Saturday night (December 1), while long queues formed at petrol stations throughout the city.
TGV Cars around track and past official on rostrum (2)
TGV Cars shunting and piling up at the first bend
TGV Car smoking while others pass
TGV Cars around bend and piling up
TV Car smoking
TV Pan Cars around corner pan car reverses into another
TV Cars around bend at speed
TV smoking car in collision
TV Car passes piled up wrecks
GV Cars piled up on track
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Background: Dozens of racing stock cars banged their way round the Harringay Stadium circuit in London on Saturday night (December 1), while long queues formed at petrol stations throughout the city.
The cars were taking part in a "special once-a-year extravaganza of seven races including the Banger World Championship. The competitors attempt to knock each other out of the race. The winner is the driver of the last car still running.
Some 25 of the best stock car drivers in the United Kingdom took part in the World Championship, having qualified in earlier races. The winner was Peter Miles of Edgware, in car number 327, who is also this year's Southern British Champion.
Because of the current electrical power shortage, the Harringay Stadium floodlights had to be powered by an emergency generator to allow the event to go ahead.
Many petrol stations in London were closed on Saturday night and motorists formed long queues at those stations with fuel to sell.