The British Sports Car Championship, was a domestic championship which was originally created for Group 7 cars that were especially from Can-Am. Later, these were joined by Group 4 cars such as the Ford GT40 and the Lola T70. By 1970, 2-litre sports category had become very popular across Europe, therefore the organisers decided to change the regulators, admitting only these cars. The championship was abandoned during the 1972 season, after one race because of a lack of entries. An attempt to re-launch the championship lead to a one-off single season being ran in 1976. 
The series began in 1964 with the Lavant Cup at Goodwood being won by John Coundley, however by the end of the inaugural season, established Formula One drivers were taking part, with the reigning World Drivers Champion, Jim Clark and Bruce McLaren among the race winners.