Wherever you look these days, industries that are the backbone of Britain are being hammered by the seemingly relentless COVID-19 pandemic and the ineptitude of Brexit: fishermen have been hit particularly hard since 1 January, while the country's thriving touring music scene looks next to lose out, among a slew of others as the long-forecasted reality sets in.
That's especially tragic when you consider how the music industry was shaped was in no small part down to great British bands making it big across the globe and inspiring generations of musicians to go on to pursue the same stratospheric levels of stardom as the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath did in the 1960s and 1970s.
But Britain turning its back on institutions which made it world famous isn't exactly a new thing (and here's where we bring it back to motorsport). Britain ruled the world in motorcycle grand prix racing from the 1950s through to the 1970s: the very first MotoGP world champion was a Brit on a British bike - Les Graham on an AJS. Then the steady decline came as the 1980s dawned, the advent of more affordable production-based series offered a strong alternative to the exorbitant costs needed to make it big in grand prix racing.