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Old 28 Sep 2004, 14:16   #1
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erm i hope this is the right place is not could one of the mods move it to the correct place ....

anyway i was just watching the local news and they were on about birmingham city council wanted to put on a street race the same weekend as the motorshow in 2006, on the old street track but this time with saloon cars. i dont know what you all think but this i think ill be great news.
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Old 28 Sep 2004, 15:13   #2
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I really hope that it happens but I think that the Council got its fingers very badly burned last time and won't support it this - more's the pity.

A return of the Brum street race and the mooted Manchester street race would make interesting "one off venues" for BTCC, F3 (inc Euro F3), Champ Cars, Superfund Euro F3000 (or whatever its called) etc etc etc.
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Old 28 Sep 2004, 20:24   #3
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Oh yes please - but I doubt it will happen. Too much fun for councillors and Labour MPs. (ducks).

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Oh I would love to see it happen. And if the people on the telly news tonight are to be believed, it's going to happen!
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I think it was a Birmingham City Council representative that was interviewed on BBC Midlands Today, and he was the one seeming all keen about it.
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I think it was a Birmingham City Council representative that was interviewed on BBC Midlands Today, and he was the one seeming all keen about it.
That's what I thought too, Ian. Hope it all comes off.
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Wonder if they know that they require a government injunction? There is only one event that runs in mainland Britain on closed road The Jim CLark Memorial Rally.

Due to us having fairly rubbish laws in this country - even if you close a road the speed limit still applies - to have that lifted you need a specific goverment injunction - from Mr. Prescott himself I believe. London could potentially happen as Ken has enough clout to make that happen - do Brum city councillors? I doubt it very much.
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Wonder if they know that they require a government injunction? There is only one event that runs in mainland Britain on closed road The Jim CLark Memorial Rally.

Due to us having fairly rubbish laws in this country - even if you close a road the speed limit still applies - to have that lifted you need a specific goverment injunction - from Mr. Prescott himself I believe. London could potentially happen as Ken has enough clout to make that happen - do Brum city councillors? I doubt it very much.
ermm, haven't they all ready got that?
How did they run the Super Prix in the eighties? Did the Birmingham Street Race legislation have a time limit applied, if not, the precendent has been set it just needs the Council to back it and find funding, surely?
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Oh yes please - but I doubt it will happen. Too much fun for councillors and Labour MPs. (ducks).

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ss, Birmingham still has the relevant injunction in place I believe.
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The only reason it made a loss last time was because the council refused a mega-buck cigarette sponsorship, and instead went for Halfords with an ASH message for a lot less. I won't comment on the right or wrong of that, it depends on your view on smoking, but they made a policy decision.

BTCC on the old circuit would be good. Champ Car would be better...
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My understanding is that the injunction is no longer in place - a serious attempt was prevented earlier this year - I would point you in the direction of private land. a la Hyde Park
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It was an Act of Parliament and it is still in force. What it needs is a statutory instrument - something signed off by a Minister - to activate it for a 2-3 day period.
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I think this would get a lot of support from the local community in Birmingham.

Birmingham has changed dramatically since the mid 80's, and there is a genuine 'can do' mentality in the local business sector.

However, I can't see the original circuit being used, as two areas of the track are earmarked for resedential development.

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The big problem with the layout last time was the lack of suitable pit space - mind you that does not seem to hamper Monaco - so a new layout may allow the opportunity to address this issue. Particularly if they intend to attract a high profile series such as Champ cars.

Lets hope that it goes ahead. What can the ordibary fan do to help? Imagine the momentum that could be generated if all the 10-Tenthers wrote to the council and promised to buy tickets!
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