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Wrecking spree plan for cars.

Angry Longbridge workers have been offered a free day out - to watch BMWs being wrecked on a race track.

Top banger drivers will be at Hednesford Hills Raceway in Staffordshire on April 2 to drive at a BMW Demolition Derby event.

And people angered by the German car giant's treatment of Longbridge will be able to give vent to their feelings by paying pounds 1 a time to take a swing at a BMW saloon with a sledgehammer.

'Some of the country's finest banger drivers will be out on the track in a festival of joyful wrecking, all in BMWs,' said raceway spokesman Mr Mark Bond.

'Sounds of BMW carnage will combine with the roar of the crowd and the gnashing of teeth in the BMW boardroom. We will make our BMW blitz a day to remember.'

The Hednesford Hills track stages regular destruction derby events in which the winner is the only car left running after a series of spectacular crashes.

Mr Bond said the sledgehammer offer was intended to give people an opportunity to work out their frustrations over the planned break up of the Longbridge operation.

Proceeds from this and sponsorship for the April 2 meeting will be donated to Rover workers.

The programme is timed to start at 1pm with a pounds 9 admission charge for the public. Longbridge employees will need to show their union cards and passports for free admission.

Top brass in the Ministry of Defence are to use Rover 75 cars in future in a gesture of support for the troubled company.

Twelve Rovers will be leased for ministers, senior civil servants, the Chief of Defence Staff and the chiefs of the three services, in preference to the ageing Vauxhall Omegas that are presently used, said an MoD spokesman.
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Date:Mar 24, 2000
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