Birmingham Leads Charge to Stage New City Centre Races

By Gary Cutlack on at

The government's slackening of the red tape that restricts local councils from allowing urban street races is getting the people of Birmingham excited, with thousands petitioning for the return of the Superprix motor race series staged there in the late 1980s.

Between 1986 and 1990 a round of the Forumla 3000 championship was raced in Birmingham, much to the delight of race fans. Acrimony over cost and apparent fury from some disturbed residents brought it all to an end, but a new wave of campaigners, including race legend Sir Stirling Moss, believe it's time for city racing to make a comeback.

Moss told the BBC: "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." [Change.org via BBC]