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Video: Battle of Britain 2012 demolition derby is brilliant entertainment

Jeff Glucker June 6, 2012 Hoonivercinema 11 Comments

The Sheffield Battle of Britain 2012 is part of a demolition derby circuit run by our friends across the pond. We have no previous experience viewing this race series before, but judging by the clip sent into the tips line, we need to pay more attention. This is serious demolition derby in its best no-holds-barred form. We don’t want to say much more because the clip posted after the break speaks for itself.

[Source: YouTube | Thanks for the tip, Jeff!]

  • stickmanonymous

    Would the original Battle of Britain have been more fun with Swedish planes?

    • We've lost our Gripen reality.

      • stickmanonymous

        Too much Viggen around.

  • FuzzyPlushroom

    On one hand, this is a good show. On the other hand, now I'm definitely never moving to the UK, because there aren't any 245s left.

    • Sjalabais

      And Volvo can't even use this for ads as their new models are mostly made for hipsters who'd never ever watch a demolition derby "where no man died".

  • Yep, they've used up all the Ford Granadas and old Jaaags, the flying bricks are next in line. 262s are much prized on the oval; extra "style" points or somesuch.

    • FuzzyPlushroom

      At least they end up as LeMons cars here. Those usually last a while and live the good life, relatively speaking.

  • Mad_Hungarian

    Technically, this is called "banger racing," not a demolition derby. I understand some Brits are touchy about the distinction. Unlike in a North American style demo derby, where cars just smash into each other in a big open arena with no pretense of any other goal, banger racing starts out looking like a race. But under banger rules, crashing into other race cars is not only permitted but encouraged, and is part of the strategy. In demo derbies most cars do their hitting in reverse to protect the engine. Bangers, obviously, are moving in a forward direction.

  • Rich

    So that's where all the ovloV's have gone. Really can't stand banger racing, especially the "pre 70" meets, bangers seem to love nothing more than destroying rare cars, the rarer the better in their eyes. This: http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll250/carchaeo
    may or may not have belonged to Winston Churchill, and was bangered despite the owner being offered good money for it. Also a very rare two-door model.

    • FuzzyPlushroom

      I like the idea, but I wish it was more Cavaliers, Renault 19s and Mk5 Escorts instead of really collectible cars. I suppose those wouldn't last as long, though.

  • Nutzforautos

    It's simple the best form of racing…EVER!

    Get over it..they're Volvos…fer crissakes…this is all the action these cars have ever seen after trudging around in useless anonymity for years..