Motorplex Minneapolis – Click above to view video after the jump

Motorplex Minneapolis is a one-of-a-kind condo development in the suburban Twin Cities. Unlike most condominium spreads, it's not in a garden spot for vacations, and doesn't have a golf course. That's because it doesn't need any of that. The brainchild of former corporate exec Bruno Silikowsky, Motorplex is a country club for cars.

Silikowsy developed the idea partly as a business proposition and partly to satisfy his own dream of a country club atmosphere for car guys. Opened in 2008, Motorplex offers 120 unfinished garage units ranging in size and price from $40,000 all the way up to $500,000. Owners can do with the interiors of their "man caves" as they please, and almost all of the units make any even the most well thought-out home garage look like a shotgun shack.

What's perhaps nicest about the Minnesota garage mahal complex is that twice a month, the whole place is open to the public, creating convivial impromptu car shows. Not only is it a nice community-minded gesture, the owner admits it's also been great for finding new clients – Minneapolis Motorplex is 97-percent occupied.

Silikowsy says he's looking to add more units to the 40-acre spread, which he says was designed to look like a European village. It looks a bit more like a bunch of stylized steel buildings outside to us, but who cares? Now all it needs is a racetrack. Click through to the jump for the NBC KARE 11 video.



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      Brickyard
      • 3 Years Ago
      If anyone is interesting in photos from when they built the place: http://www.automotorplex.com/blog.php
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Guillaume Séguin
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly. Someone needs to make a trip across the pond and open his eyes. Regardless, this estate is quite awesome!
      Tortious
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having lived in the Twin Cities since Motorplex's inception, I'm surprised I've never seen or heard of this...
      Andrew Zotos Breslin
      • 3 Years Ago
      i'm moving.
      Cobo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow... looked it up on google maps, its in the suburb of chanhassen only a mile away from where I work. Crazy that I didn't know about it.
      TexRob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait, what?! "Now all it needs is a racetrack." I read the story assuming it had one, and it made sense. Now it makes zero sense. What is the point???
      Dreez28
      • 3 Years Ago
      My friends and I attend the car shows at the Motorplex a few times a year. The best part is that they are completely free, and you get to see cars up close that you could never hope to out on the streets. The garages are amazing, with lofts that have bars and big screen TV's. If I could afford one, and some nice cars to put in it, my wife would never see me. Woot woot Minnesota!
      Ragan Li
      • 3 Years Ago
      im moving there
      marcusgenzlinger
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you would like to stay connected to the AutoMotorPlex you can join the Facebook page. We would like to connect and have conversation with anyone interested in learning more about us. http://www.facebook.com/AutoMotorPlex
      Tall Tex
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can read about one of the garage owners (HIRISC) Motorplex Garage build out stories at 6speedonline in the Garage forum. His Cobra kit (Manuf escapes me) build is impressive too, especially since he is doing it himself. This thread is at about 30 pages now...started in 2006. http://www.6speedonline.com/forums/garage-forum/190631-project-garage-condo.html
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Imagine a race track and a trackday every 2 weeks. That would be lovely.
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      If there's not enough space for a road course, at least add an auto-x track. That would complete this concept.
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