The Bears set to repel invaders as Arlington prepares for its largest ever meeting

Captain Nigel Riley at Smallfield last year
Captain Nigel Riley at Smallfield last year

It’s the meeting at Arlington that we have all been looking forward to, ever since it was announced in December.

After seven months in the planning, ‘The Bears Big Bash’ thunders into the raceway with a promise to entertain the expected sell-out crowd, and raise some decent money for the Royal Alexandra Children’s hospital in Brighton.

Nigel Riley is known for his American cars

Nigel Riley is known for his American cars

The media, radio, television, social networks…….everyone’s been talking about and anticipating about this event and now it’s finally here.

Quite simply if Carlsberg did Banger racing, this is the meeting they would organise.

With over 130 drivers from right across England, Scotland and Wales descending onto Arlington Stadium, plus for the first time, a sizeable contingent from mainland Europe, all known for their hard hitting this not only promises to be the largest meeting ever held at the Old Lady, but also the most entertaining.

Hosted by the country’s largest and most respected team, The Bears, the event aims to raise as much money as possible for The Royal Alexandra children’s hospital in Brighton.

We want to make ‘The Bash’ at Arlington, an evening that race fans simply won’t forget!

Nigel Riley

The hospital’s board of trustees have given organisers a wish list that has a new heart/cardiac monitor costing £7,000 as their most urgent requirement.

“If we could raise enough to cover the purchase of the monitor outright that would be incredible”, said Bears captain Nigel Riley. “We know how much they desperately need this equipment, and so we will all being going out to do our best to ensure we can provide it for them.”

“We want to make ‘The Bash’ at Arlington, an evening that race fans simply won’t forget!”

With so many drivers descending on Sussex 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.

Shane Fry in action

Shane Fry in action

Traditionally, the strength in depth of the team always sees them victorious in the Destruction Derby where the last car running is the winner. There will be several drivers looking to return home with that scalp, but only time will tell.

This is the third time The Bears have hosted this event, which has grown year on year.

Including a sky dive, to date The Bears have raised over £16,000 for the ‘Royal Alex’.

With such a mouth-watering fixture, a sell out with the ‘Car Park Full’ boards being raised is expected…so arrive early.

Neill Osborne prepares for the green flag

Neill Osborne prepares for the green flag

Racing starts at 5:30pm with gates open at 3:30pm.

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Neil 'Ozzie' Osborne will be driving alongside his son Brandon

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