A petition to save the Brighton Speed Trials has gathered almost 10,000 signatures.
The Brighton and Hove council has plans to call an end to the event, which is the UK’s longest-running motorsport race. The council is seeking to refuse permission for the event to take place on the seafront, and is understood to be preparing a for later this month.
Councillors told the Brighton Argus newspaper that they have concerns over health and safety following the death of a competitor in 2012. A spokesman said: "No decision has been made on this yet. Our economic development and culture committee will consider the matter on January 23".
The Speed Trials have been held in Brighton since 1905 and hosts more than 200 road and race cars and motorcycles taking timed runs.
The Brighton Speed Trials is organised by Brighton and Hove Motor Club. The club’s Tony Watts said: "We are appealing to motorsport fans, local residents and everyone who enjoys a family day out at the seaside to help us save this historic event.
"The loss of the Brighton Speed Trials will be the end of an era for Brighton with over 100 years of history and entertainment in the area gone."
Organisers say "the end of the Speed Trials will also have a financial impact on tourism and trade for retailers and businesses in the area as it brings thousands of visitors to Brighton".