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Lacey Ducati up for sale

Renowned Ducati road and track single-cylinder engine expert Nigel Lacey and his wife Edina, are selling their Lacey Ducati spares business.

“It’s a vibrant business, specialising in engine components for overhead cam, bevel-drive Ducati singles from the late 1950s to the 1980s,” says Lacey. “Turnover has doubled in the last ten years, and it’s still growing.

“Edina, who looks after day-to-day running, is now approaching the time she would like to retire. I want to carry on running the engineering side [Lacey Engineering] developing new parts and carrying out engine repairs, crankshaft rebuilds, and tuning.

“We have been running Lacey Ducati for 26 years, the last 16 years online. The business has approximately 3000 customers worldwide, including in America, Australia, and Europe. Most of the trade is now for road singles, which are gaining popularity as more owners look for stylish, lighter machines with a pedigree. The wide-case models, especially Desmos, are particularly in demand.

“The spares business has more than 1000 product lines. These are primarily small items, so the business can be run from anywhere with 35-40m2 of space. In addition to service and replacement parts, we make and provide bespoke parts that have been proven under racing conditions.

“We are willing to allow the buyer to use the Lacey name for a transition period, and we would be happy to be consultants during that period. The parts sale would include drawings, intellectual rights, customer database, website, and domain. We want to see Lacey Ducati continue to thrive.”

The business was established in Portland, Dorset, in 1998. A trained engineer in the nuclear research industry, Lacey’s love of Ducati singles came from owning road models and successfully racing them. The race side raised his business profile.

Among supported riders using Lacey-prepared engines is Nigel Palmer, who won the 2001 Classic Racing MC 250 championship, going on to score more championships and wins in the UK and Europe over a 15-year period. Other well-known Lacey riders include Doug Snow, the fastest Ducati single cylinder rider on the Isle of Man Mountain Course.

Edina, an IT and accountant professional, set up the online sales site in 2008 and upgraded it in 2020. In 2015, the business moved to mid-Wales, near Rhayader, Powys.
Lacey Ducati
01597 870 444
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