• Short Summary

    A sport where aggressive instinct is perhaps more important than ability is "banger racing" - a form of motor racing where the cars are deliberately collided with each other, and where the winner is often the only competitor left on the track.

    "Banger" racing, long established in the United States, is gaining popularity in Britain.

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    A sport where aggressive instinct is perhaps more important than ability is "banger racing" - a form of motor racing where the cars are deliberately collided with each other, and where the winner is often the only competitor left on the track.

    "Banger" racing, long established in the United States, is gaining popularity in Britain. At the industrial city of Ipswich, where it's been long-established, competitors do their best to demolish every other car on the track as part of regular programmes of more conventional speedway racing.

    Despite the spectacular crashes, "banger racing" has a good safety record. In the eleven years "bangers" have been racing at the Ipswich Speedway, there have been no serious accidents. The rare injuries are usually bruises or, occasionally, a broken bone.

    The old cars seldom last longer than one race meeting. With a few "warm-up" races before a "destruction derby", all that is usually left at the end of the day are a few mechanical parts which are built into another "banger" to be raced the following week.

    The old cars are inspected for safety before the races, but that is virtually the only rule of "banger racing".

    SYNOPSIS: Old cars in the British industrial city of Ipswich don't always retire quietly to the wrecker's yard. Many of them are coaxed into running order and then battered into scrap at the Ipswich Speedway in a motor sport known as "Banger Racing".

    After a few races to warm-up the drivers, the cars are entered in what is also called a "destruction derby" to decide the winner of the day.

    Despite the apparent disregard for any rules on the track, "banger racing" has a surprisingly good safety record. In the eleven years of such races at Ispswich, the injuries have been confined mainly to bruises with the occasional broken bone. When the time comes to present prizes to the winners, it's not always the most skilled drivers who win. The judges take note of aggressive driving and the driver involved in the most action on the track usually wins the day.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADOLRN4N4FBFUI87H401IIE7LM
    Media URN:
    VLVADOLRN4N4FBFUI87H401IIE7LM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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