Wimbledon stadium is about to come alive again, as a new season of stock car and banger racing in the capital starts its collective engine this weekend.

Every Sunday evening (starting on September 29), Spedeworth Motorsports will be showcasing four different formulas, from the hard-hitting contact classes of the 2l stock cars through to the bangers, and the non-contact classes of stock rods through to 2l hot rods.

This weekend's opening meeting features the historic stock cars, where Triumphs and Ford Cortinas are always a crowd favourite.

Also on the bill is the raw power of the V8 stock cars that traditionally carry a Chevrolet V8 engine under the hood. 

The non-contact rookie rods also feature - this formula is due to have its annual final at Wimbledon in October, and so many drivers will be keen to maximise their last run out before then.

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Finally, a new series of domestic banger racing begins this weekend, with the first round of the Refine Metals League.

Rob Haines walked away with the title last year, but he has not had things all his own way during the summer.

The first race begins at 5:30pm.

There are also a number of events taking place during the season, including the annual gala night and firework display on November 3, the ‘Best of Britain’ meeting on November 17 pits the cream of British and Irish drivers against each other in 2l hot rods, the lightning rods, the 1300cc stock cars and the powerful superstox.

The popular ‘micro madness’ event is on November 8 where the national bangers roll into town and they all return after Christmas for the hilarious big van bangers meeting on Boxing Day.

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Ye olde wheels: The historic stock cars include Triumphs and Cortinas