RE: New operator for Mallory Park

RE: New operator for Mallory Park

Wednesday 4th December 2013

New operator for Mallory Park

Fresh investment for Mallory should have it up and running for 2014



Details are rather scarce at the moment, but the news is good nonetheless; Mallory Park has a new operator.

You'll be fully aware of Mallory's predicament after its previous owners entered administration earlier this year. Today an announcement has been made that a new company, Real Motorsport Limited, will run the circuit on a day to day basis.

Real Motorsport is a collaborative effort between Stuart Hicken and Eddie Roberts, both well know in the motorcycle racing fraternity. Stuart owns the BMW British Superbike Team and Eddie is head of Complog, a motorcycle tyre retailer that also supplies British Superbikes.

Plans are apparently underway already to get the circuit prepared for a full 2014 season of events. The official comment from Hicken and Roberts so far is: 'We realise that there is a lot of bridge building to be done with the local community, but... we would like to thank circuit owner Chris Meek for giving us the opportunity of re-establishing Mallory Park and also Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council for advice regarding noise issues and the community'.

Encouraging news for now then. More as we have it!

[Lead image: LAT Photographic]

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threespires

Original Poster:

3,120 posts

150 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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That's great news, good luck to the new operators.

Fort Jefferson

8,182 posts

161 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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Lets hope they obey all the planning laws, and don't p!ss the locals off.

TopOnePercent

427 posts

99 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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Great news. Now get that application made to compulsory purchase the house of any nimby that complains.

tosh.brice

152 posts

150 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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I grew up on the edge of Hinckley and used to enjoy the bikes roaring by on the main road whenever it was a Mallory weekend!

mr2j

516 posts

97 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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Let's hope they stick to the rules. That lead image should be pic of the week.
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CBR JGWRR

6,447 posts

88 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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TopOnePercent said:
Great news. Now get that application made to compulsory purchase the house of any nimby that complains.
You are aware what happened was because Mallory Park was ignoring already established noise restrictions, not NIMBYs?

Steffan

10,362 posts

167 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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In a crowded island with a growing population being aware of a reasonable quality of life for the neighbours of such attractions must be common sense. It seemed to me that the last owners had not exercised reasonable care in using the facility and rightly paid the price. I can see no reason why with a reasonable approach and with appropriate consultations and discussions with the neighbours, this facility should not continue to be used for many years. No business can be allowed to seriously encroach upon the environment of neighbours without consequences. I wish the new owners well. I have been going there as a viewer and competitor for over 50 years and I hope to continue to do so as a specaotor in the future.

Bionic Billy Nav

138 posts

105 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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That's great news a huge good luck to them, lets just hope that it all goes smoothly because you you can bet your bottom dollar the local residents will be watching them like a hawk! And I don't give two fks what they say I've looked at both sides of the ongoing argument the local residents will not be overly joyed about this news I'm afraid but hey hopefully I'm wrong and they will see the benefits of the money it brings to the local economy...

FWDRacer

3,542 posts

163 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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PH Gathering - every Sunday of the month with compulsory drive through Kirby Mallory to get to/from the event biglaughrolleyes

First place I drove a racing car on - Great News!

Good luck to the new operators.

bakerstreet

3,997 posts

104 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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Hopefully the new owners will manage to to sort new terms with council on the noise regs.

I remember reading an article where the track was only allowed 100 track days a year and it needed 130 to break even!

BlownImp

70 posts

64 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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They need to do more than track days then, the circuit is one of the best in the country for spectators, getting some race series in (rallycross, more events like the 1000 bikes) and keep the spectators happy.

We used to live 3 miles from mallory (Newbold Verdon), and loved it!

More events like the Jordan Tarmac Rally -



We cycled there and back, brilliant fun! We honestly thought that it was going to be cancelled, but when we arrived 36 of the 40 cars entered had turned up, brilliant biggrin

Jasper Gilder

2,154 posts

212 months

Wednesday 4th December 2013
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C'mon Garlick - we need a Sunday Service at Mallory - How about March to celebrate 42 years since 2 litre F2 kicked off there and 'jumper' Jarier broke the timing Dept windows with a conrod and piston attached!

Craikeybaby

8,853 posts

164 months

Thursday 5th December 2013
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This is great news!

I look forward to watching racing at Mallory again next year.

Riley Blue

14,352 posts

165 months

Thursday 5th December 2013
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Great news, one of my favourite circuits. I hope the breakfasts continue to be as good!

Chicane-UK

3,860 posts

124 months

Thursday 5th December 2013
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Jasper Gilder said:
C'mon Garlick - we need a Sunday Service at Mallory - How about March to celebrate 42 years since 2 litre F2 kicked off there and 'jumper' Jarier broke the timing Dept windows with a conrod and piston attached!
Agreed - a Sunday Service here would be great, with some track action thrown into the mix perhaps. The amount of cars PH can pull to one of these should easily make it viable for them to run a track day specifically for the Sunday Service.

smilo996

1,477 posts

109 months

Thursday 5th December 2013
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Really glad to see nimbies foiled for the moment. Mallory is a scary track and deserves a future.

lawrencec

174 posts

131 months

Thursday 5th December 2013
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this is one track I have wanted to drive on over here good news smile

TopOnePercent

427 posts

99 months

Thursday 5th December 2013
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CBR JGWRR said:
You are aware what happened was because Mallory Park was ignoring already established noise restrictions, not NIMBYs?
You are aware that Mallory was a race circuit before anyone bought a house near it?

robinessex

6,903 posts

120 months

Thursday 5th December 2013
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Establish the date that Mallory started motor sport. Ignore anyone who moved there after that date who complain about the noise. If they don't like it, move.

Chrisgr31

11,066 posts

194 months

Thursday 5th December 2013
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bakerstreet said:
Hopefully the new owners will manage to to sort new terms with council on the noise regs.

I remember reading an article where the track was only allowed 100 track days a year and it needed 130 to break even!
I think you might that statistics like that are all smoke and mirrors. Lets just say you have several companies in your structure. One runs the circuit and the another provides the administration, the one providing the administration makes a large profit on doing so, the one running the circuit can't run profitably because of the costs of the admin, and repeat.

I don't know if it was possible to run the circuit profitably without breaching the noise restriction agreement and we certainly won't know by reading the public pronouncements from the parties involved. The only way to find out would be a detailed study of the books.

Hopefully though this will be a new start for the circuit and its relationship with the locals. It appears that many locals and the Council are prepared to support the circuit as long as they are reasonable so the small number of NIMBYs will have limited options to object.