EAST Lancashire’s iconic Rocket Centre motorbike dealership is up for sale.

After more than 20 years the business with its 10,000 square foot showroom on Trident Park in Blackburn has been put on the market by managing director Ross Walker.

Former multiple World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty hopes that someone else will buy the business as a going concern.

Mr Walker put out a statement following social media rumours of its imminent closure.


It said: “After more than 20 years in the motorcycle industry, Rocket Centre is on the market for sale.

“In the meantime, we are and will continue to be the North West’s number one place for all your on and off road motorcycle requirements.

“We look forward to welcoming all new and existing customers to our showroom the same as we always have done.”

It is understood he hopes to complete the sale of Lancashire’s largest motorcycle dealership by the end of the year.

Mr Fogarty, winner of ‘I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’ in 2014 said: “It is sad that Ross is going to have to sell The Rocket Centre.

“It’s a great place. I know it well.

“I just hope he can find a buyer to keep it as a going concern for two-wheeled vehicles rather than four-wheeled ones.”

Cllr Quesir Mahmood, Blackburn with Darwen Council's deputy member for regeneration, said: “The Rocket Centre is an important part of the the mix of businesses in the borough.

“I am hopeful that a buyer can be found that keeps it as a going concern.”

The business started 25 years ago attached to a petrol station on Livesey Branch Road moving to its current location just off the M65, complete with ‘Rocket Fuel Cafe’, in May 2004.

It became a prime destination for motorbike enthusiasts holding an well-attended annual open day attracting big names from the world of motor cycle sports.

It deals the biggest manufacturers of on and off road bikes and has a six bay workshop.

The centre offers motorcycle training, has large parts, helmet and clothing departments and a ‘Dyno Room’.