Sussex banger races plan smashing event for a good cause

The Bears in action at last year's Gala Day - expect more of the same action on Sunday

The Bears in action at last year's Gala Day - expect more of the same action on Sunday

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All roads lead to Smallfield Raceway near Crawley tomorrow (Sunday, Aug 18) as the stock car and banger-racing community come together in the name of charity for the biggest ever meeting held at the track.

The Bears Challenge is an annual charitable event full of great racing and massive crashing, where the huge crowds are always royally entertained.

More than 120 drivers from all different formulas and from across England, Scotland and Ireland have agreed to give up their time to travel to Sussex to raise as much money as possible for the chosen charity.

This year, all the proceeds will be going to the Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital and Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton.

Organised by the largest and most successful national banger team in the country, The Bears, this meeting has been much anticipated since it was confirmed last December.

The team,who draw members from across Sussex, started this event as a way of putting something back into the community that supports them throughout the year.

Banger stars Jack France (Midhurst) and Kelvin and Michael Maggs (Pulborough) will be keen to impress on such a high profile day.

Ticket prices include a donation to the hospital. For further details visit the hospital’s website at www.rockinghorse.org.uk/events/august

A sell-out with the car park full boards being raised is expected - so arrive early. The first race starts at 11am

MICHAEL BURNAGE