the idiosyncratic beauty of banger car racing
Launching tonight, limited edition publication Dented Pride celebrates the unique works of art created by this most colourful of British subcultures.
Dented Pride is a limited edition publication shot by photographer Sophie Green and produced in collaboration with LAW Magazine, Ditto and Carhartt WIP. Documenting the very British phenomenon of banger racing - a popular form of motorsport in which competitors personalise old cars and hurl them around an oval-shaped track - it captures the occasional chance and beautiful artworks created when immaculately airbrushed paintwork is scratched, scraped, battered and bruised following an evening on the track.
"On first glance the beauty within this eccentric community isn't obvious - builder's bottoms, oil stained tracksuits and car constructs barely recognisable as the vehicle they once were," says Green of the images shot in conjunction with her series Bangers & Smash, a project focusing on the Stock Car and Banger racing subculture. "Look below the surface and there is so much beauty to be found, not only in the human spirit of the sports' participants but also in the physical fabric of the sport."
The book launches this evening with an event at Ditto Press, London at which free limited edition copies will be made available alongside free (and even more limited) T-shirts for one night only. "Whilst shooting I became totally obsessed with the textured, scraped and scratched surfaces of the car exteriors," continues Green. "The crop of these abstractions allows you to appreciate every little detail of wear and tear that the car experiences. Dented Pride celebrates the idiosyncratic beauty within this colourful aspect of British culture."
Text Matthew Whitehouse