The third running of The Bears Big Bash in aid of Rockinghorse has a new home, Arlington Stadium in Eastbourne.
Moving to a purpose built stadium allows for the event to be bigger, and to attract more of the sport’s top drivers from even further afield. For the first time, among the 100 plus cars due to take part, there are several drivers crossing the channel from mainland Europe and Ireland to be a part of this special meeting.
So what is The Bears Big Bash, and what makes it so special?
The ‘Bash’ features purely Unlimited National Bangers that you all love to watch but July’s meeting is intended as a return to the heady days of the late 1980’s where Bangers were Bangers, and you could pick up a Granada for £20!
The modern day National Bangers have evolved so much from those who regularly appeared at the old HQ in Aldershot, that they have almost become unrecognisable. There is now a preference by drivers and spectators for the more simplistic approach of yesteryear.
In an effort to simplify things again and adjust the build rules to those akin to the handbook of the day, it was decided that the meeting would go ‘Back to Basics’. The term itself appears to be currently in vogue, but this is a genuine attempt to influence the rule makers moving forward.
The Bears Big Bash is very much about saying no to sticky tyres that cost £100 per corner, and no to whizzy engines that cost a £1000 per block (allegedly). It’s Old School having a crash, having fun and drivers shaking hands with a smile on their face. Just as Bangers should be every week.
To date The Bears have raised over £16,000, purchasing four large items of medical equipment including ventilators, for The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton.
Information for Spectators
Date: Saturday 11 July, 2015
Venue: Arlington Stadium, Eastbourne, BN27 3RE
Tickets: £16 adults, £12 seniors, £7 children
Time: From 5.30pm
Are advanced tickets available or can we pay on the day?
Since announcing the meeting, we have been frequently asked if tickets are available in advance. Spedeworth have decided that it be easier for all to merely have the usual payment methods on the night.
There has been a huge amount of interest in The Bears meeting and we are expecting a sizeable crowd. To this end, we would suggest an early arrival to be sure of your place in the stadium.
What time will the gates open?
Following the large crowd at the Bank Holiday meeting, that saw the queue go around the stadium perimeter, the current plan is to open the gates at 3.30pm to ensure a safe and brief entry for all. This may well change as we get nearer to the meeting depending on advice from the local council.
Is camping available for those travelling?
We have arranged for the local campsite to expect a number of our visitors. The Knockhatch Campsite was the obvious option being just over a mile away, but there was concern over their policy on commercial vehicles. We can confirm that after a conversation reassuring them, they are being 'very hospitable' to us.
They have agreed to host our various lorries/hiabs etc, but out of respect for their normal holiday trade, they have set a maximum of 30 such vehicles. If you are interested, make sure you get in quick to be sure of a pitch.
To confirm their prices they are:
£20 per lorry/hiab
£20 per tent with 2 people
£20 per motorhome with 2 people
additional cars and people will be quoted on request.
The Knockhatch website for further enquires and bookings is http://www.khcampsite.co.uk/
Their tel no is: 07756521375 email add is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can we bring beer into the stadium?
Under the stadium’s licencing laws, alcohol is not allowed to be brought into the venue. The stadium is also a glass free zone.