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Top 10: Classic banger racers

Banger racing. Love it or loathe it, there’s no more dramatic a way for a car to meet its end than on the short oval circuit – and there’s no denying the fact it’s an entertaining spectacle.

While many enthusiasts are opposed to the destruction of classic cars, it's important to remember that many of the cars used on track are well beyond economical repair. And, in fact, many of the parts taken off the cars that are broken will go on and help another classic stay on the road.

And although some banger racers have a bad reputation for seeking out and racing rarities, there are also plenty who have sold a car that was due to be raced because it is too rare.

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Austin Westminster

The ‘Westie’ was always the banger racers’ favourite. Built out of heavy gauge steel, on a unitary chassis, and benefiting from 3.0-litres of high torque straight-six BMC C-series under the bonnet, the once-bourgeois Westminster is rare today. For despite the fact that many of them lived charmed lives as chauffeur driven transport, a massive number went out in a blaze of glory on Britain’s banger tracks. Even today, it’s regarded as the best banger racer ever.

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