The Birmingham Super Prix has become a divisive issue.

Remembered fondly by many, its regular mention in this newspaper often causes raised eyebrows.

Some believe that the notion that motor racing will ever return to the city is pie in the sky – despite many plans being hatched to revive it.

Many others don’t welcome the idea of roads being closed for such an event. But there is good reason why many people would like to see it come back. With advanced manufacturing put at the heart of the city’s plans for growth – accompanied by the most ill-timed of shortages in engineering skills – an event to engage with young people to get them interested in the autmotive sector would have serious merit.

The West Midlands has much to be proud of with its automotive and engineering heritage – it is one of many things we do not shout about enough.