WARREN GILBERT’S MARCOS
It’s one of the most recognisable cars in UK motorsport, with its lime-green livery and thunderous Corvette seven-litre V8. And despite it being more than 20 years old, the outdated Marcos Mantis run by
Topcats Racing continues to challenge for class wins against newer machinery.
“It’s got no traction control, no anti-lock, no flat-shift, no paddles, and no electric diffs,” says Topcats owner Warren Gilbert of a car that was acquired in 1997.
“It’s got a sequential box but you still have to pull it back and forwards on a lever. Apart from the power-steering, that’s it.”
Despite the lack of driver aids, the car – which has competed in more than 500 races and is dubbed
‘Big Green’ – finished third overall in last season’s GT Cup Championship with Gilbert, Mick Mercer and Jon Harrison at the wheel.