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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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Ford Cortina/Sierra/Granada

Once a sight on every street corner, throughout the 1980s and 1990s the Ford Cortina, Sierra and Granada were also popular on the banger tracks. We’ve lumped them all together because, otherwise, this feature would have way too much of a Ford bias. Thanks to front wishbone suspension, which prevented the banger racer’s ultimate fear of a collapsed strut pushing the wheel back into the A-pillar, they all also benefited from rear-wheel-drive, decent handling and surprising structural strength.

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Rob Bennett    on 14 January 2019

That was my car! ?? It was a 216 by the way, with the Honda D series engine, so no problems doing the gasket.

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