HISTORY OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Championship is the MG Car Club's one-make racing formula for all versions of the MG Metro. Instigated back in 1992, the brainchild of Steve Hall, the Championship continues to maintain it's initial objective of providing an easy route into motor racing for potential drivers with a limited budget. The Championship has also been successful in bringing new blood to the MG Car Club over the years, as at least 50% of its drivers were not previously members.
The Championship attracts a cross section of drivers from those who have raced successfully for several years to the first season novice. Some do all their mechanical work themselves, whilst others do very little of the work on their cars. However, without exception, the drivers are always happy to discuss their cars and offer advice and help for setting up and car preparation. An advantage of a one-make championship is the wealth of specialist knowledge it fosters, and this is certainly true of the MG Metro Cup.
Drayton Manor Theme Park have been our sponsors for the past 21 years. This is a family run concern and is one of the UK's top four leisure and theme parks. Colin Bryan, the Managing Director of Drayton Manor Theme Park, is as enthusiastic as ever in his support of the Championship. His son George was one of our star drivers some years ago.
The highlight of the 1998 season was the BBC Top Gear feature covering the Championship and the entry of Tiff Needell in a Championship owned car at the MG Car Club Silverstone meeting. This was the culmination of much persistence and many long hours organisation by Alison Grooms, the then Press Officer.
The Championship is divided into three classes - Class A for standard MG Metros, Class B for modified MG Metros and standard MG Metro Turbos and Class C for MG Metro Turbos which previously ran in the 1993 BRDC Roversport Club Metro Challenge. The Championship has recently expanded to take in models of the Rover Metro/100, again in the three classes and also runs an invitation class D, the purpose of which is to introduce to the Championship drivers with cars which do not yet comply with the class rules. The Championship has historically been contested over between nine and twelve rounds per year and it attended all the MG Car Club race meetings in 2007 plus Croft and Lydden Hill. In the past we have travelled as far as Lydden Hill in Kent, Knockhill in Scotland, Pembrey and Anglesey in Wales and Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire.
Committee members and drivers attended the Brands Hatch “Race Car Live” event in October 2006, providing a display car, photographs and information sheets and also took a stand at Race Retro in early 2007. We produce a “Beginners Guide to Motor Racing” giving tips and suggestions for novice racers and copies may be obtained from the Championship Co-ordinator.