The well-known desert race track on Australia’s southern border has sold out | farm online


NEXT STEP: Wade and Chad Nickolls have added another property to their family’s land holdings in the Pinnaroo area. Image: Inventory log.

A former desert race track on South Australia/Victoria has been sold.

The final sale price for Scorpion Park was negotiated after the public auction at Parilla Bowls Club on Thursday.

About 40 people attended the auction of the 1,042-hectare (2,575-acre) block.

Two local farmers pushed the auction with the final bid reaching $650,000, before a final sale price was agreed.

The new owners of the Eisen family’s Scorpion Park are local Pinnaroo farmers Wade and Chad Nickolls.

The Nickolls run a dry land farming operation on over 7,000 ha in the border region.

This former desert race track has come to market after providing years of fun and competition in the sandy scrub country of Mallee.

At its height, the Thumb Pump at Easter became Australia’s biggest off-road mountain biking event.

The ATV Festival at Pinnaroo consisted of a 300km race over two days, a 100km night race and sand races.

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Thousands of people came to Pinnaroo for the event which rivaled in popularity the Mallee rally for motocross bikes at Lake Tyrrell (near Sea Lake).

Salesman Tom Eisen said the track was opened for motorsport in 1974 and continued until around six years ago.

“We used it for grazing, but the races were a big annual event for locals,” he said.

Greg Window of Spence Dix and Co. said the old racetrack is open to the imagination, but the open flats could easily be turned into crops or pastures.

“It’s a large-scale blank canvas, with a lot of potential.”

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