Big Van bangers promise lots of Bank Holiday traffic choas

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The thrills and spills of stock car racing returns to Eastbourne’s Arlington Stadium this Bank Holiday Monday with ‘delays and chaos promised’ as the mighty Big Van National Bangers take to the raceway.

Spedeworth Motorsports May Day spectacular will be held at the stadium on Monday, 6 May, with the first race commencing at 2pm.

The annual event promises something for everyone, with three very different formulas racing on the day.

The afternoon kicks off with a bang, courtesy of the Banger boys who headline the meeting with their annual Big Van event.

There is only one certainty on the day: that carnage will occur on a large scale as vans, minibuses and even the odd ice cream van or ambulance are given one last hurrah before the scrapyard as they compete around the small oval track.

The supporting cast on the bill are the ironed-up 2 litre Saloon Stock Cars.

Based upon the Ford Sierra, the very physical full contact formula of Stock Cars can always be relied upon to knock each other about to provide the crowd with some extra entertainment.

The final formula on display will be Spedeworth’s oldest formula, Superstox.

Over the years the cars have evolved dramatically while still preserving the essence of the original class.

Superstox are a very fast, purpose-built single seater car with a 2 litre Ford engine.

Again being a full contact formula, they are renowned for providing some of the most exciting racing you are likely to see around Arlington’s tight corners.

The afternoon will end with the remaining vans that are still driveable, competing in a destruction derby, where the aim is simply to inflict as much damage as you can upon an opponent and be the last van moving.

“For all those people who have ever been stuck behind a delivery van across the streets of Sussex, this event is held just for you,” said Deane Wood, Spedeworth promoter.

“There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a typical white van torn apart as it is hit by another driver’s van.”

For those motor sport fans who fancy something a little different, Arlington’s Bank Holiday Spectacular is not to be missed.

Bring along the whole family and experience the friendly atmosphere and thrilling racing.

Arlington Stadium is easy to find just off the A22 near Hailsham.