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Law changes could see motor racing return to Birmingham

What a fantastic sight it would be according to Car Hire Birmingham Airport, watching motor racing again on the streets of the city.

A change in the law may pave the way for motor racing to return to the streets of Birmingham. Over 20 years ago Formula 3000 cars used to race the streets for a five year period between 1986 and 1990, along a 2.6 mile city circuit. Red tape by the government could be cut giving local authorities powers to suspend speed limits and regulations to host such events.

British motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss said, “I think Birmingham would be an excellent place to have it. People are enthusiastic, it is central to England, and people can fly there too. Another good thing about having it in Birmingham is that it would be a bigger event within the city of Birmingham than in the city of London.”

While many would love to see it return, each of the five years the event took place there were significant incidents. The tight circuit and bumpy road proved unhelpful to motor racing.

Martin Hone, who helped plan the original Super Prix, said “My personal view goes back to my own motor racing days, we never had road racing so never had the experience we needed overseas. You really have to be precise with road racing. If you make a mistake you are going to hit the barriers.”