Bostonians set for banger racing action

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Banger Racing fans are in for a treat at King’s Lynn’s Norfolk Arena this Saturday evening - when more than 70 pre-1985 Unlimited Bangers roll into town for The Big Reunion.

The meeting builds on the unforgettable Axe-tinction event which took place on the same weekend last year and paid homage to one of the sport’s most popular racers, Steve ‘Psycho’ Hemmings, on his retirement from racing.

The entry includes a first appearance on track in 25 years for Boston man Clive Beecham, who will race alongside his son Gary for the first time, in a pair of Jaguar XJSs.

“He decided we’d do a meeting together before he gets too old and before I pack up,” said Beecham junior.

“But I think it’s just an excuse for him to get back out there.

“I grew up watching Steve (Hemmings) race Bangers so I went all-out last year to give him a good send-off,” he continued.

If last year’s meeting is anything to go by, the action will be spectacular, with a wonderful array of machinery expected on track, including some large American motors which will be sure to provide some breathtaking moments.

As well as the Beechams, other Boston-based drivers taking to the King’s Lynn shaleway include veterans Dave Allen and Shaun Stark, plus Dean Moldjord, Mark Ginders and Andrew Newton.

Two other banger racing categories, for lady racers and under 16s, complete the programme for what promises to be a hard-hitting night of action.

One of the leading lady banger entries is Boston’s Amy Brown. The multiple former champion has shown she has lost none of her pace since returning to the track this season.

Action begins at 5pm.