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Arena Essex Raceway
PRI Racing Fixtures
1.00pm , Sunday, 02 August - National Bangers 8 Man Head to Head Team Racing for the Meningitis Research Foundation in memory of Maya Ford plus The Essex Championships for Lightning Rods and Stock Rods

Gates open at 11:00 AM       Admission prices on the gate -
Full Price (15 – 64): £14.00, Children (5 – 14): £7.00 (under 5's free),
Family (2 Full Price and up to 4 Children): £40.00,
Concessions (over 64 and blue badge holders): £8.00
Admission includes car park and programme - (Programmes subject to availability)
No need to pre-book. Purchase tickets at the gate. 

Today's meeting is pretty big as the Lightning Rods and the Stock Rods fight for their respective Essex Championships while we have National Bangers out in 8 man teams for this year's version of the Maya Ford Memorial in support of the Meningitis Research Foundation.
A couple of years ago we ran a charity memorial meeting that was bigger than anything we have ever had before or since. That meeting ran over two days and featured around 300 cars with representatives from around the banger racing world and featured some of the greatest names in the sport, past and present. That was the very first Maya Ford charity fundraiser and memorial meeting organised by Paul Whiteman. People who saw it aren't likely to forget it!
Today's meeting likewise supports the Meningitis Research Foundation but relates to one of the other sides of that first meeting. Over the years, Arena Essex has featured team racing at a number of levels and quite a few teams that issued from there have been infamous around the country. In the case of the first meeting, all attention was focused on the Suicide Squad, a team that once dominated racing here and also toured successfully. While the Squad are mostly history these days for various reasons, teams still race at various circuits around the country hoping to make their mark on the sport just as the Squad did. Today is a chance for them as they meet up to have a go in head to head combat. Just who is the greatest?
We also feature the Essex Championship for both of our non-contact formulas. As far as the Lightning Rods are concerned the money is probably on any car driven by a Norman though the overall chance of any of these competitive 2l drivers to win is pretty even as long as they keep clear of the wall or each other. As for the Stock Rods I wouldn't like to even guess who might be the possible winner there. The Stock Rod formula might be smaller than the Lightning Rods but often turn out more cars and are every bit as enthusiastic and competitive. Possibly more so in some cases! You may want to watch some of the higher grades to see what they are up to, Tony Perfect springs to mind as an example, but the field is often large enough to make getting to the front for the higher grades extremely difficult, giving the lower grades a chance. It all leads to some tight, thrilling racing and with titles on the line you can be sure that the gloves will be off!
Chances are that cleaning up between races may cause a few delays so why not visit our shopping complex on turn four? We have all the latest crash comics and trackside bits in the track shop as well as photos and photographic goods in Racepixels. You could also rent chairs, buy DVDs and grab a bite to eat at the fish shop and in the First Place Diner. The bar is open at the opposite end of the building and there are also food stalls around the circuit.
Talking of Essex Championships, the National Bangers feature in their version of this title in our next meeting on August 16 at 1pm, a fixture that doubles as the third and final World Qualifier. We also have the 2l Stock Cars, more from the Stock Rods and the Ministox. Should be good!