What The Hell Is Banger Racing?

posted by Scott Hammer -

Every once in a while I would come across one of these strange race videos on my social media that seemed like a cross between a race and a demolition derby where it appeared insane drivers were intentionally just trying to just wreck each other. This apparently is a sport called banger racing which is popular in the U.K., Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and some other parts of Europe.  

You wouldn't know it by the videos below, but the object of these races is to actually be the first to the checkered flag after completing a set number of laps. There are incentives for not just being the first to the checkered flag though, such as awards for 'best wrecker' and 'best entertainer'. This supposedly splits the drivers into one of two categories; rodders and wreckers. The rodders are the ones who try to avoid the chaos and make it first to the checkered flag. The wreckers are...well...that is pretty self explanatory. They are the ones who are out to damage the other cars and are usually crowd favorites. 

I am not sure this sport would make it to the states since I can only assume the insurance liabilities would be out of this world, not to mention you would have to find drivers insane enough to compete. Actually insane drivers probably wouldn't be too hard to find. 

For now though, we can enjoy this bizarre form of auto racing from videos on YouTube unless you are planning a trip to Europe.

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