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Many would have ques­tioned the on­go­ing vi­a­bil­ity of a 40-year-old multi-class cham­pi­onship with just 15 cars on the grid for its 2017 fi­nale at Snet­ter­ton but, 12 months on, more than twice as many en­tered the con­clud­ing MG Car Club BCV8 Cham­pi­onship round at the same venue.

Thanks to the ster­ling work of long-time co­or­di­na­tor

Pam Mc­carthy – mother of 2017 cham­pion Rus­sell – and with added pro­mo­tional im­pe­tus from es­tab­lished com­peti­tor James Wheeler, grids surged from an av­er­age of 17 cars in ’17 to 27 for the ’18 sea­son. With the cars dat­ing from the 1960s and ’70s the cat­e­gory ben­e­fits from a his­toric bounce, and the roar­ing full-race V8-pow­ered ma­chin­ery in the top class makes it one of the most spec­tac­u­lar cham­pi­onships around. The mem­o­rable de­cider – which had five con­tenders with a re­al­is­tic chance of the ti­tle – was run in chang­ing con­di­tions, and Mc­carthy did enough to re­tain his ti­tle.

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