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Racing and Wrecking Hearses - 1

It always turns eyes when someone turns out at a Banger race meeting in a funeral coach!

The hearse is regarded as something a bit out of the ordinary in the Banger racing world and are invariably saved to race in special events as most of the examples shown on this section of rolling START! illustrate.  Once the green flag goes down the hearse(s) in any race tend to attract a lot of attention from their competitors and usually, it has to be said. don't last very long!  Whatever the outcome it's a fine way for a funeral coach to end its days!

I was inspired to rebuild and extend this section of rolling START! after visiting GRIM RIDES which is a superb US-based site.  I recommend that you pay a visit to that site as well as some of the other sites you can find linked from there.  Please also take the time to read the acknowledgements at the bottom of this page for the great spooky graphics and effects that I have used!

As Limos and hearses go together rather well don't forget to check out the Limo Galleries and, of course, the rest of rolling START!

Contributions for further updates to this section would be gratefully received. 

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While the racing of heases is reasonably commonplace on the UK's Banger Tracks a race winning hearse is something else!

The following video clip shows Dean Steele's Daimler DS420 Hearse being spun out just having won a race at Hednesford's Pre-68 Classic Banger Day on 7 October 2001.  AWESOME!

Dean Steele is spun out after a fantastic race win @ the Pre-68!!

Pre-68 - Hednesford 7-10-01 - click thumbnail for video clip

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The chances are that many visitors to this page have an interest in Classic Cars.  These too are highly rated as "material" in the world of Banger racing.  The following galleries show the cars that were raced - including ten hearses - at the 2001 Pre-68 Classic Banger Day at Hednesford Raceway

CLASSIC BANGER DAY 2001 - Pictures of almost all the cars raced

Pre-68 - Hednesford 7-10-01 - Pics of 156 Classic Cars - Click thumbnail to access

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If you would like to witness Hearses racing for real the two best chances of doing so are the annual Classic Banger Day at Hednesford which is held in early October (for details visit the INCARACE website) or the Annual FIRECRACKER which is held at Arena Essex to the north-east of London, on the first Sunday in November.

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Banger racing is a unique and very popular form of racing on many UK and some European short ovals.   Whenever anyone experiences a Banger race for the first time the whole affair really seems quite unbelievable and very difficult to fathom out!  This is essentially because the participants fall into two distinct categories.  First there are the racers, the guys (& gals) who race to win, or at least they start the race with the object of winning!  The second type of driver is the wrecker, i.e. he who has no intention of winning but every intention of causing as much havoc as possible.   It is all very unpredictable - and highly entertaining -  because any particular driver may start some races as a wrecker and others as a racer!  The effect is that some Banger races can turn out very much as - races - with others becoming wrecking frenzies.



Can you add to this collection?  Do you know any good stories about racing with hearses?

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The GRIM RIDES FUNERAL CAR CLUB for the inspiration to rebuild and extend this part of rolling START!

The following photographers who have very kindly allowed me to use their work:

AR = Alan Reynolds
AT = "Big Aust" Austin Tomlinson of the website NORTHERN STAR
TA = Tim and Alex Catley of TIM AND ALEX'S PHOTOS
TC = Terry Collins of BANGERNET
DM = Dean Mayer of the INCARACE magazine THROTTLED
Unattributed photographs by Dave Carter

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for the fancy spooky graphics and sounds!.

AND last, but by no means least to all those Banger Race Teams without whose efforts this site would not have been possible!


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