A bizarre car racing sport in the UK puts the driver’s life at risk every time

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Oval Racing drivers compete in a race.
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Short Oval racing may look like a version of Nascar, but they are nothing alike. While both sports require racing around a track, Short Oval racing comes with a dangerous twist – the drivers intentionally crash into each other.

There are different categories, such as stock cars and bangers. Bangers is the most popular category, and is also the most dangerous seeing as the goal is to take your opponent out of the race.

Photographer Dan Giannopoulos started documenting the sport in 2014.

“The one constant that I’ve found in photographing this community is how warm and good natured it is,” Giannopoulos told Business Insider. “A race day is full of humor, camaraderie, and competitiveness that never veers into animosity between racers off of the track.”

Ahead, see brutal images of the dangerous sport.


Short Oval racing takes place on a track that is similar to lower-level tracks in the US. It has been popular in the UK for decades.

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The races are popular for family get-togethers, where families come to support their favorite racer.

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“I’ve never raced before,” Giannopoulos said. “I think it’s far too dangerous.”

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The sole purpose of Oval racing is destruction — get to the finish line first while simultaneously trying to wipe out your opponent.

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The drivers are literally trying to get into an accident.

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Drivers put their own lives in danger each week for entertainment of others.

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The cars are almost completely demolished after a race.

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Sometimes, parts of the car fall off during the crashes and are left on the race tracks.

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Many of the cars are vintage Ford Mustangs, Jaguars, Bentleys and Rolls Royces.

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The cars are typically decorated with bright colors, humorous slogans, and messages of affection to loved ones.

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The winner is determined by whoever makes it to the finish line first, or by which driver is still going, despite being crashed into multiple times.

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Despite the dangers and risks involved in the sport, it continues to be popular among its fans.

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