Rainham racer hopes to smash rivals for banger title
PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 October 2015
A broken neck, pelvis and three smashed ankles are not enough to deter a Rainham banger racer from trying to win back his crown.
Jason “Boxer Jack” Jackson, 34, of Finucane Gardens, is the red-hot favourite to win 2015’s Unlimited National Banger Championship Of The World at Ipswich’s Foxhall Heath Stadium tomorrow (Saturday).
With odds of 6/4 Jason explains why his injuries have not put him off the sport.
He said: “It’s crazy adrenaline – once you’ve done it, you can’t give it up.
“Obviously I thought about it and said I won’t do it any more, but it just doesn’t happen.”
Jason, whose nickname derives from his old boxing days, followed his father into racing and has been world champion five times.
The sport involves racing old cars against one another on a tarmac or dirt track. Unsurprisingly, it is the crashes that are among its most popular features.
“I’ve won the championship in 2006, 2007, two in 2012 at different races and in 2013,” he said. “Will I win? I’m not sure.
“There’s at least five people who will try to stop me.”
He described other competitors as being jealous of his wins and how much this spurs him on to drive well.
“We get into battles and no one wants to back down. Every time we get on the track we will end up crashing.”
At least 12,000 fans are expected at the stadium to watch a series of races.
Dean Wood, promoter of the event said: “Jason puts a lot of time into his car and behind the wheel he avoids collisions.
“Having said that, if someone wants aggression he can smash them to bits.”
The winner gets £1,000, about half of what Jason spends on his banger, number 331, a 1977 Ford Mark One Granada, which reaches speeds of 55mph.
“I love the sport and have done it for a good few years,” he said. “ I just can’t give it up.”
The winner also has the roof of their car sprayed gold, which Jason said is the biggest honour.