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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 Cambridge/Morris Oxford ‘Farina’

Not a car renowned for its out-and-out performance and, at the time of its launch, a very unlikely car to do well in motorsport, the Farina-bodied Cambridge and Oxford (identical in all but name and detail) were great bangers. Like the bigger Westminster, they were of unitary construction, a well-protected engine bay and rear-wheel-drive, while the simple B-series engines and running gear meant keeping them running was always viable.

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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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