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Banger racing: Not for the weak of heart (pictures)

The XCAR guys try their hand at banger racing and try not to get killed.

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Drew Stearne
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Banger racing involves getting in old cars and racing for the finish without crashing out or getting smashed off the track.
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Damage isn't rare in banger racing.
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Engines can fall out, suspensions can collapse, and gearboxes go "ping" in big ways.
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It's OK, though, because most fixes take liberal application of "hammer" and "swearing."
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Windows, plastics, and seats are removed to make sure you can't get hurt by your own car.
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In our case, some "safety sponge" was added to the bottom of the steering column in case of an accident.
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See, the interiors are really sparse.
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A healthy dose of fear is normal for rookies. Here's Alex feigning confidence.
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Car 700 -- that's bangerspeak for: ROOKIE. Racers try to "James Bond" car 700 by flipping the rookie so the number reads "007." How kind.
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After a few crashes, your car may not be so...factory fresh.
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Safety gear is an absolute must.

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