A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

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An iconic, very french pair...

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CitroJim wrote:I remember from 1970s Banger Racing they were the firm favourite and 1st choice...
A few years ago, a chap I used to work with had a beloved Cambridge. He used to take it to work each day, it was kept clean and in good order, he used it to take his family on holiday in it. Eventually he, and it, got a bit older so he decided to buy something a little newer. He advertised the Cambridge in the local paper and sure enough someone came 'round to buy it. "I've got a box of spares in the shed for it if you hang on a minute" my mate said........ "Nah, don't need them" came the reply "I'm taking it banger racing" :cry: #-o

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The Banger racing "World Final" (at Wimbledon/Ipswich) has produced the following winners from 1973-2014. The A60 did particularly well in 1978 winning in reverse!
Spedeworth World Final (Wimbledon/Ipswich)

1972 - 470 Mike Baker - Austin A60 Cambridge - "World Banger Spectacular"
1973 - 274 Geoff Hubbard - Ford Zodiac - "British Championship"
1974 - 93 Blondie Melbourne - Wolseley 16/60 - "First Spedeworth World Champion"
1975 - 211 Chris Medler - MG Magnette
1976 - 211 Chris Medler - Volvo 122S
1977 - 11 Terry Thomas - Austin A60
1978 - 125 Dick Dawkins - Austin A60 (won in reverse)
1979 - 393 Darwin Melbourne - Austin A60
1980 - 393 Darwin Melbourne - Austin A60
1981 - 87 Nick Linfield - Austin 3 Litre
1982 - 74 Chris Colliver - Austin 1800
1983 - 225 Graham Lashley - Austin 3 Litre
1984 - 267 Shaun Liddiard - Austin Princess
1985 - 161 Paul Shepherd - Jaguar XJ6
1986 - 112 Sean Gallagher - Austin Westy
1987 - 20 Roger Wilko - Jaguar XJ6
1988 - 627 Terry Coke - Rover P5
1989 - 713 Tim Coates - Jaguar XJ6
1990 - 303 Dougie George - Triumph 2000
1991 - 190 Dave Day - Ford Granada Mk2
1992 - 114 Nick Courtier - Ford Granada Mk2
1993 - 210 Terry Harris - Ford GranadaMk2 2door
1994 - 153 Richard Martin - Ford Granada Mk2
1995 - 6 Mark Holdsworth - Ford Granada Mk2 estate
1996 - 7 Colin Farley - Ford Granada Mk1
1997 - 33 Gary Madgwick - Ford Granada Mk2
1998 - 7 Colin Farley - Ford Granada Mk2
1999 - 88 Alan Reed - Jaguar XJ6
2000 - 382 Danny Hunt - Ford Granada Mk2
2001 - 41 Willie Skoyles - Ford Granada Mk2
2002 - 355 Mark Simmonds - Ford Granada Mk2 estate
2003 - 22 Dave Vincent - Ford Granada Mk2 estate
2004 - 46 Keith Painter - Ford Granada Mk2 estate
2005 - 158 Shane Davies - Ford Granada Mk2
2006 - 331 Jason Jackson - Ford Granada Mk2 estate
2007 - 331 Jason Jackson - Ford Granada Mk2 estate
2008 - 27 Dale Hughes - Ford Granada Mk2 (1st time held at Ipswich)
2009 - 82 Paul Tompkins - Ford Granada Mk2 estate
2010 - 27 Dale Hughes - Ford Granada Mk2
2011 - 158 Shane Davies - Lexus LS400
2012 - 331 Jason Jackson - Mk1 Granada
2013 - 294 Lee Hughes - Scorpio Estate
2014 - 427 Dean McPhilimey - Ford Scorpio
That Ford Granada Mk 2 must have been some car! domination or what!

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I would have thought the Zodiac would have beaten the Cambridge hands down, 2.6 litres against 1.6! The Oxford/ Cambridge cars were nice but by no means fast. I had a cambridge diesel, 40 bhp even slower. I think the BMC 1500 diesel had the rare distinction of the starter producing more torque than the engine. :-D

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Banger racing was about what could be damaged, the King Pin uprights and their supports protected the cars "go bits", the engine was low and the rad inside the suspension extensions so was less likely to be damaged, same at the rear with the tall wings over the rear axle/long deep boot.

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Yes, I had forgotten about that, there was a huge space between the radiator and front grill, unlike the previous model which had the rad pressed against the grill, it did have a lot of room inside though. That was the one they use as Taxis in India, Mk 4 I think.

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Two very EASY mods were the rover V8 or the C type 3ltr.....loads of room

Always remember when i lived in Ottery St Mary, we had floods, I attached a hose pipe to the exhaust tied to the boot handle, removed the carpets (most of them) and drove about with water above the sills, it filled up inside a couple of times :)

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I hope you didn't move to the Somerset levels - Ottery only floods occasionally. :shock:

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I like getting my hands on a Pippin or two
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NewcastleFalcon wrote:An iconic, very french pair...

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Love that...

Used to enjoy banger racing in the 70s but now hate it with a passion... Anything that inflicts wilful damage and destruction just doesn't work for me :evil:

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I didn't have to go banger racing - I've been driving them most of my life. :(

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Peter.N. wrote:I didn't have to go banger racing - I've been driving them most of my life. :(

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Me too, never bought a new car, always used the part exchange dog that was taking a long time to sell.

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.....an Anglo-French pair loaded up pour les vacances

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Well this is one half of a nice pair of pop videos featuring
Classic cars......far too easy for whatsthisthen? heavyweights :!: :)



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Healey 3000MkIII BJ8