Health warning: banger racing is not for the faint-of-heart, those who don’t like the cold or anyone who cannot stomach a Pukka Pie and pint of ale. On the other hand, if you love beat-up old hearses, utterly bonkers race-car drivers and the joys of the demolition derby, then start planning your trip to the bangers.
Spedeworth is the UK’s very own stock car and banger racing promoter, running events at two London circuits: Wimbledon and Bovingdon. The former is better, as it’s actually a dog track and hence boasts indoor seating, a bar and carvery. To enjoy banger racing at its best, however, you have to brave the chill—races are held on Sunday evenings and it gets parky in the winter—and sit down amongst the locals on the rough seating for hours on end. Your reward is a hilarious evening that will leave you hoarse from cheering on the mayhem.