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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.

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