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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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Lada Riva

Any car built to survive several Russian winters is clearly going to be tough, and while the ‘touch-and-feel’ build quality of the classic Lada may have been a laughing stock, there’s no denying its incredible mechanical strength. Very popular in the more recent low engine capacity banger classifications, the Riva has the rear-drive ruggedness and mechanical simplicity that banger racers love, along with a traditional three-box design that takes hits in its stride.

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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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