These are a full contact formula, which is not for the faint-hearted.
When you mentioned Stock Car racing, this is the image that many people think of.
While it may appear that Banger racers have spent little time preparing their cars for battle, nothing could be further from the truth. Many hours are spent painstakingly preparing these cars.
The 'National' Bangers as the name suggests is a full contact, crashing formula. This is the last stop on the line that leads to the car crusher for somebody's one-time pride and joy, which has generally failed the dreaded MOT test!
The origins of this Formula date back to the late 1960’s and was intended as an entry level Formula for anyone to get into Oval Motorsport. Although rather specialised nowadays the average working man or woman can still compete in National Banger Racing.
Needless to say this formula is not only a contact formula but it is actively encouraged, the big cars like Ford Granadas, Volvos, Jaguars and now Supras and Lexus are the preferred weapons, and the action at times can be very heavy. Destroying the opposition is often the preferred objective rather than actually winning the race you've just entered.
The name Bangers, lends itself to many types of automobile, Big Vans, Figure of 8, Team racing and even Caravans all get a chance, whilst the lower engine capacity limits on a number of the meetings throughout the season give the chance for the smaller fry to perform without getting their prize blitzed by the big stuff!
The rules for the formula are strictly controlled by the governing body, with rules on car options and design, power-plants, drive train and tyres being controlled to maximise safety, control costs and maintain fairness.
Today's National Banger contains a full steel frame inside and a heavy steel door plate to protect the Driver
With National Banger racing, your budget may or may not have any control regarding your success on track as this is a full contact Formula where everyone can contact with everyone! The novice has every right to retaliate to a faster Star Driver coming through the field! To get you started, there is the possibility of hiring a National Banger from some Drivers whilst others will prepare a car for you for a fee to get you started. Once committed, most Drivers self – assemble and prepare their own cars as per the formula’s rulebook which can be accessed through the ORCi and Promoters’ website.
It is a full - contact sport and your car will be hit – sometimes heavily! But you can strike back too! Officials will monitor the circuit closely and take action against those committing misdemeanours outside the Rules!
Most of our National Banger events finish off with a demolition derby where the last car running is declared the winner!
National Bangers at Lochgelly currently consist of events featuring Big Van Bangers (Minimum size SWB transit + on a single chassis only (no lorry chassis)), Small Van Bangers (Maximum size SWB Transit), Unlimited Bangers, 2.0 Bangers and Micro Bangers at Lochgelly Raceway.Current Champions
2020 Shaun Walsh Memorial Winner - 159 Callum Campbell
2020 Micro Banger World Cup Winner - 760 Joey Reynolds
2020 Micro Banger Open Scottish Winner - 760 Joey Reynolds
2020 HRP National Banger National Points Champion - 478 Craig Royal
2020 National Banger Lochgelly Track Champion - 74 Jamie Sangster
2020 Van Banger Scottish Champion - 74 Jamie Sangster
2019 Van Banger Scottish Champion - 159 Callum Campbell
2019 Unlimited Banger Scottish Champion - 880 Neil Naismith
2019 HRP National Points Champion - 880 Neil Naismith
- 2021 National Banger Rules - Updated 4th Feb 2021
- HRP Banger National Points 2020 - Updated 9th Nov 2020
- National Bangers ScrapACarScotland Points 2020 - Updated 9th Nov 2020
Other Useful Links
- 2021 Drivers List
- Roll of Honour [Coming Soon]