Crashnet > Guide Index > 6. Formulas
Bangers are full contact road cars with minimal armouring. All
glass fittings and internals are stripped, the radiator is
generally replaced by a header tank, a roll cage, internal fuel
tank and lines and battery added. Certain panels are also
altered or bolted/welded for safety, though armouring of cars
is strictly governed.
Stock Cars are fully armoured mixed contact cars. Specification
National Bangers: Governed by ORC
specification, up to a specified engine limit. (This varies
according to the specification given in the regulations
published by ORC, according to the preferred meeting setup
by the promotion.)
Under 1400/1600/1800/2000cc Bangers: Same
as National Bangers except with an engine capacity limit
(actual limit depends on promotion).
Pre-68/70 Bangers: Same as National
Bangers except with an age bar - must be made before a
certain year, commonly 1968 (e.g. Hednesford) or 1970 (e.g.
Non-Ford Bangers: Same as National Bangers
except engine limit of 2000cc. No Ford cars to be used
(Cortina, Granada, Sierra, Mondeo, Escort, Focus, Fiesta,
Bangerstox: Another name for domestic
limited engine Bangers, similar in some ways to non-Ford or
low engine capacity racing elsewhere. Trackstar coined this
Plastengrave (Non-Ford) Bangers: Named for
sponsor of event. As non-Ford Bangers except that smaller,
FWD Fords may be used (Escort, Fiesta, Ka, Focus only), PRI
Unlimited Bangers: Any Engine size
allowed, any armouring allowed. Not necessarily governed by
ORC regulations. (Often the promotion will give any
specific regulations on the application form including the
engine and weight limits, armouring limits and welding
Van Bangers: As normal Bangers except vans
used (small vans and large vans are often segregated into
their own races or meetings)
Bus racing: Only one example I have ever
heard of at Northampton (Brafield) in the early 1980's,
where buses were used. (Since I first wrote this, I have
heard that this still happens!)
Reliants (Robins): Originally raced by RDC
at Mildenhall, this is not strictly a Banger formula,
though it often turns into one. Now raced at a number of
promotions, this is a single make formula based on the
three wheel Reliant car, a low powered fibreglass car that
was popular in the 1960's. Often erroneously called "Robin
racing" because of the popular Robin model built in the
1970's, although the Regal is also a popular running model.
Colloquially known as "Plastic Pig" racing.
Super Bangers: Domestic limited contact 3
litre formula using old PRI Banger specification, with some
modifications. From 2002 season this will be a single car
make formula (Mk.2 Ford Granada).
Bangerods: Domestic limited contact small
car banger. Trackstar rules, no contact for first three
laps, then limited (spin and go) contact for remainder of
race. Union jack flag signals end of no contact segment.
These rules are also used in some versions of Rookie
Pedal Bangers: Chain driven gokarts for
the kiddies (PRI)
Rookie Racers: Limited version of Banger
formula for drivers with little or no experience, often set
up as "pay to race". Rules vary according to circuit.
Versions spotted at NIR (Incarace), Spedeworth, RDC
Hot Rods are a non contact formula based on road cars, though
many formulas replace the original interior structure with
space frames and may use kevlar panels according to
BriSCA Formula 1: Large engined open
wheeled single seater car governed by BriSCA
BriSCA Formula 2: Smaller version of F1,
governed by BriSCA. Popular alternative to National
National Superstox: Small open wheeled
single seater car. Previously a National formula but some
disagreement between ORC members means that this formula is
now isolated mainly to Spedeworth tracks, with some drivers
changing to BriSCA Formula 2. Since this happened,
Spedeworth have changed some of the specifications and have
dropped the "National" prefix.
Sprint Cars: Non-contact V8 single seater
promoted by Vince O'Connor (ex-National Superstox). Went
through a bad patch during the 1999 season due to
specification changes but appears to be picking up again.
Often seen at the Rolling Thunder Show from 2001.
Rebels: Reliant powered replica
Saloon Stox: 2 litre road car with stock
bars. Preparation is similar to Bangers but stock bars
Legends: Replica single-seaters powered by
bike engines. A more powerful formula than Rebels, this is
raced around the country on a wide variety of circuits in
their own championship.
1300 Saloon Stox/1300 Stock Car: 1300cc
version of Saloon Stox, run domestically but with many
similar variations at various tracks including TrackStar,
Spedeworth, Incarace and PRI. In the 2001 season, the PRI
promoted version also appeared at RDC/KAR circuits.
Ministox: Saloon Stock Cars based on the
Junior Ministox: 850/1000cc Ministox for
11-16 year old drivers only. Note: PRI made this
non-contact at Arena Essex in 1998. A number of other
tracks have followed this idea, so if you intend to race,
you should enquire at your chosen track as to whether they
race contact or non-contact Ministox.
There are other formulas that are
raced by many promotions that may not appear in the above list,
though they tend to be variations on what is described here.
These include such formulas as "V8 Rods" or "Ramp Racers". In
many cases, if you stick to the idea that it is a Banger (Full
contact), a Stock Car (contact to gain advantage) or a Hot Rod
(no contact), you can fill in the details from
National Hot Rods: National 2000cc small
Hot Rod formula governed by NHRPA. Often based on Peugeot
205/206, Renault Clio or Ford Fiesta shells, though drivers
have been known to experiment with many other small
Lightning Rods: National 2000cc Sierra Hot
Rod formula governed by ORC
2l Hot Rod: high specification 2000cc Hot
Rod domestic formula, Spedeworth only.
PRI Hot Rod defunct - see Outlaw Hot
Rod: low specification 2000cc Hot Rod
domestic formula, PRI (based on domestic formula at
Cowdenbeath Racewall, some crossovers allowed). Replaced
National Hot Rods at Arena Essex in 1997. Were known as 2l
Hot Rods until Spedeworth objected (see 2l Hot Rods) in
1997. Formula discontinued in favour of Outlaws as from the
Festival of Speed meeting at Arena Essex in 2000.
Outlaw Hot Rod: 2000cc Hot Rod domestic
formula, raced at various circuits using a variant of the
National formula. Formula often allows for participation of
National Hot Rods as long as they meet the agreed
Super Rod: KAR legacy formula based around
a high performance circuit car, also seen at TSR.
PolleyRod/Economy Rod: budget low engine
Hot Rod (typically 1300cc to 1600cc) domestic formula,
similar to Group A Hot Rod.
Stock Rod: Another name for a budget low
engine domestic Hot Rod, this time used by Trackstar, among
others. There are a lot of variations on this theme, all
with a local name.
Group A Hot Rod: High specification
1300/Low specification 1600cc Hot Rod domestic formula
(PRI) based on PRI Economy Rods (defunct). Dominated in
80's by Toyota Starlet, but now often Golfs, Novas and
occasionally Fiestas used.
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