A rare and unique opportunity to purchase one of the UK’s most well known off-road motorsport venues has arisen – Manby Motorplex, near Louth in Lincolnshire is for sale, for offers over £3.5 million. The 440 acre site currently operates as a successful motorsport venue and driver experience/training centre offering skid pan, rally and 4x4 school, artic HGV experiences, tank driving days and more to private and corporate clients. Offers have been received for the site for agricultural use, but the seller is keen to maintain Manby as a motorsport venue.
The Motorplex site which has hosted several ALRC Nationals, includes 130 acres for motorsport use and a rich array of driver training experiences including over 100 acres of rough terrain for off-roading use, more than five miles of loose surface special stages for rallying including ‘1000 Lakes’ style high speed ‘yumps’ and banked camber bends, a huge skid pan course and tank/HGV/army vehicle/bus driving areas, 25 acres of concrete including a 2.3-mile perimeter road/circuit, its own airstrip and over 300 acres of prime agricultural land (currently rented out @ c£140 per acre).
It has had planning permission for use as a performance driving centre and showground since 1990. Manby Motorplex was developed over decades from farmland by James Tointon, who has a passion for motorsport and driver training and has taught the likes of WRC and gymkhana star, Ken Block and various top clubman rally drivers over the years at Manby. The site is being sold for personal reasons, to settle a divorce, Mr Tointon said, 'It’s incredibly sad to be selling Manby Motorplex. It has a high agricultural value, but we have split the site into lots, so the motorsport side could be purchased separately. I’d be very happy to see it run as a motorsport venue, having worked so hard to keep it as a motorsport and motoring venue for all these years. It would be a shame to see a great motorsport venue lost to be developed as housing or turned back to all agriculture, after years of hard work and investment.'
The versatile site just south of the market town of Louth in Lincolnshire has been used for motorsport since the 1980s, including car rallies, 4x4 trials and challenges, comp safaris, hill rallies, rallycross, supermoto, moto-x, motorcycle enduros, grasstrack and quad racing. This motorsport activity is in addition to the skid pan/rally/4x4/HGV school and fun/corporate driver experience days like double decker buses, tanks, diggers, bulldozers, army vehicles and more.
As well as the motorsport, driver school, events and agricultural rental activities on site, there is also potential planning permission for motorsport-related industrial estate units, a clubhouse, further roads for motorsport and even eco homes (the site was once short listed as the UK’s first venue for a 5,000 home eco town). Manby Motorplex also includes an old RAF control tower, spacious workshops and storage and an operations centre – currently being used as a base for the driving school and motorsport business activities.
Manby Motorplex is for sale for offers over £3.5 million via Brown & Co's Brigg office www.brown-co.com click here for Brown & Co
To make an enquiry, contact James Walton at Brown & Co. on 01652-654833. James.Walton@brown-co.com. For further information on Manby Motorplex, visit:
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