Banger racing: Jack and Abbie provide the perfect Father’s Day present

Abbie Anscombe in the Ninja Karts
Abbie Anscombe in the Ninja Karts

On a day that celebrates fatherhood it was wonderful to see so many families sharing the experience of Spedeworth’s annual Banger four-a-side clash at the Aldershot Raceway on Sunday.

Fatherly influence also played a big part in the action on the track, as one local father in particular not only enjoyed his own day on the track, but then proudly looked on as his son and daughter also took to the oval to race.

Hailsham’s Steve Anscombe, who recently featured on the TV series ‘Banger Boys’, was team captain of a squad of eight drivers from the Dreamers stable. Regular drivers Mark Longhurst (Wadhurst), Phil Hampton (Seaford), and Pete Osborne (Hastings), were ably supported in the hard-hitting contest by Ashley Rumary, Nathan Olden and Adam Eyles. Their ranks were also swelled by Hailsham’s finest speedway rider, Ed Kennett, who guested for the Dreamers.

Proud Dad Steve then watched with a beaming smile as first son Jack Anscombe raced in the Junior Banger formula, and then daughter Abbie competed in her well-turned out pink kart in the Ninja Karts class for 6-11 year olds. “I’m so proud of Jack and Abbie”, said Steve, “they are both good kids who really put their all in to their racing.”

“Seeing them follow in their Dad’s footsteps so successfully really made my day!”

The season continues at Arlington Stadium, with three formulas being showcased every Wednesday evening, through to the end of September. This Wednesday (June 26) the Bangers return to domestic action as they compete in the South Coast Hydraulics league. The powerful Superstox also roar back into town, after their last successful visit on the May Day Bank Holiday.

Newhaven’s Paul Anscombe will be competing in the 1300cc Stock cars who complete the card, with the first race starting at 7:30pm.