All roads lead to Smallfield Raceway, near Crawley, on Sunday as the Stock Car and Banger racing community come together from right across the UK in the name of charity, for the biggest ever meeting to be held at the track in its history.
Just like buses that come in twos, this is going to be the second major short oval racing event in the South in just three weeks, following the World Series event held at Arlington.
“The Bears Challenge” is an annual charitable event full of great racing and massive crashing, where the huge crowds are always royally entertained.
In excess of 120 drivers from all different formulas and from right across England, Scotland and Ireland have generously agreed to give up their time to travel to Sussex, in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for the chosen charity.
This year, all the proceeds will be going to The Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital and Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton (Charity no. 1018759).
Organised by the largest and most successful National Banger team in the country, The Bears, this meeting has been much anticipated since it was confirmed on the fixture list in December.
Based in Newhaven, the team who now draws its members from right across Sussex started this event as a way of putting something back into the community that supports them throughout the year.
Our own local national banger stars such as TV’s Steve Anscombe (Hailsham), Phil Hampton (Seaford) The Rileys (Newhaven) and Roly Denby (Peacehaven) will all be keen to impress at such a high profile event.
With so many other drivers descending on Smallfield with the intention of taking on the sport’s biggest names on their home turf, The Bears may have their work cut out to preserve their reputation of being the biggest and the best.
“Every family in Sussex knows somebody who has benefitted from the care and treatment offered by ‘The Alex’ over the many years it has been open,” said Bears team captain, Nigel Riley.
“Indeed, some families have seen several generations of children receive treatment at the hospital.”
With the first race starting at 11am, the day is intended to raise urgently required monies, to purchase essential equipment for the famous hospital in Edward Street.
With such a mouth-watering fixture, a sell-out with the ‘Car Park Full’ boards being raised is expected.
So arrive early.
ABOVE: Current Bears team members, Justin and Ashley Riley with their father Nigel, have spent seven months organising the event.