Britain's Banger Racers
BBC Two - 9pm
Who's in it?
Banger racer veteran Tommy Parker, who's broken nearly every bone in his body, called time on his racing career, while 13 year-old Alfie Jones was dreaming of F1 stardom. But the real star of the show was wrecker Paul Korpiela and his prized Pontiac.
In a nutshell
When it comes to most races, it's the winning that counts. But, as we learnt last night in the first of this new two part series, in the exhilarating world of banger racing a passion for crashing can earn you just as much success. And whether you're a wrecker or rodder (the fastest of the lot), a thirst for the action on the track seems to run in the family.
Just take young whipper snapper Alfie whose dad was a former wrecker. Desperate to carry on the family tradition, Alfie's been competing in junior races for years in the hope of topping the leader table. And while he didn't rev his way to success last night, he's not giving up just yet. Then there was driver Tommy Parker who was on hand to help his dad Darren get ready for his last ever race. The surprise of the show was Paul Korpiela, though, an ex-joyrider with a somewhat chequered past who's (hopefully) put prison life behind him and is making quite a name for himself as the best wrecker around.
What's the verdict?
While the banger racing, and pretty spectacular car crashes, provided plenty of entertainment on the track, it was the captivating characters we met that really made the show. Down to earth, everyday people with a mania for mayhem coupled incongruously with a realistic outlook on life. Like Alfie said, if the F1 thing doesn't work out, there's always the drainage business.