Rocking Motor Speedway as we know it closed it’s doors at the end of 2018. The track had not made a profit in 17 years so to some, the ending seemed inevitable.
The new owners have acquired planning consent to turn the grounds into a 250 acre automotive logistics hub as well as 40,000 sq ft of offices. They have also decided to rename it to just ‘Rockingham’.
Being an automotive logistics hub means that the space the circuit will be used for:
- Large-scale new behicle and defleet services.
- Car testing, lab and facilities.
- Upto 50,000 vehicle storage.
- End-to-end vehicle processing with onsite auction house.
- Vehicle part storage and repair activities.
The circuit is also currently being used as a driving experience venue. Everyman Racing Driving Experiences are using Rockingham for people to experience anything from an Ariel Atom to a Lamborghini Hurican. Click here to see what’s available.
Principle of the Rockingham Group, Stuart Wright, said:
“We have big plans for Rockingham and are on course to create the UK’s leading state-of-the-art automotive logistics centre.”
“We plan to make a significant investment to redevelop and extend the facilities to prepare, de-fleet and remarket a greater volume of private and commercial vehicles. We will provide our occupiers with the capacity to handle PDI and de-fleet contracts in excess of 150,000 vehicles per annum.”
“Rockingham offers the automotive sector great facilities and is already home to a number of leading automotive logistics companies including Groupe CAT, GEFCO, IT Fleet Automotive and City Auction Group.”
“These companies provide a range of storage, refurbishment and remarketing services to dealer groups, rental companies, fleet operators, leasing and finance companies. As it develops, Rockingham will supply game-changing facilities to the UK’s automotive industry, due to its space, location, planning and infrastructure, which will include provision for electric vehicles.”
Being located near Corby and less than 30 miles from the M1 means the circuit is in prime position to thrive in this setting. Rockingham are also proudly sponsoring Smiths Racing’s, Peter Hickman, which is good to hear. It’s a shame to see a racing circuit not used for it’s original purpose but hopefully the automotive theme will always be there.
Find out more about the automotive logistics hub here.