Dave Mellor (#304)
Fast forward fewer than three years, to 23 September 1978, to find the same driver standing atop the World Final podium after a faultless drive to the flag. He had only won two meeting finals prior to that race, though one of them was the British Championship at Bradford, and now he was World Champion.
He had also appeared in the now infamous Long Track World Championship in Baarlo and, had it not been for the still-debated actions of an over-zealous starter, Dave may have held two World and one British titles in the same year. Though it is being kind to say that his Ford-engined cars were never the most elegant, he pushed them to a total of forty seven finals prior to his retirement in the late 1980s.
Final wins provided by BSCDA Historian Nigel Anderson
|11||1981||Mar 21st||Long Eaton||Shale|
|13||1981||Apr 11th||Long Eaton||Shale|
|16||1981||Sep 11th||Long Eaton||Shale|
|17||1981||Oct 24th||Belle Vue||Shale|
|18||1981||Nov 6th||Long Eaton||Shale|
|23||1982||Apr 23rd||Long Eaton||Shale|
|26||1982||May 3rd||Belle Vue||Shale|
|27||1982||May 8th||Long Eaton||Shale|
|33||1982||Aug 14th||Long Eaton||Shale|
|39||1983||May 28th||Long Eaton||Shale|