THE BRAINS BEHIND A NEW CROWDFUNDING EFFORT TO BRING AFFORDABLE CLASSIC CAR STORAGE TO ENTHUSIASTS.
‘I’ve always had a love of classic cars and want to do something to help the community.’
‘My father’s custom cars and airbrush artwork inspired me when I was a child’ STUART MILES
An entrepreneur is trying to address classic storage problems – and he needs your help to get it started. Stuart Miles is hoping to establish a community workshop facility based in Dorset with shared resources for classic, vintage, and custom cars.
Miles has set up the crowdfunding project to secure affordable working areas for local people and is aiming to support the local college with his not-for-profit venture. The ambitious builder and draughtsman is also in talks with manufacturers that may be able to provide tools. The exact location of the facility has yet to be decided.
Miles came up with the idea following the death of his father. ‘ We weren’t close during the last few years of his life, but his custom cars and airbrush artwork inspired me when I was a child. It was because of this that I have always had a love of classic cars and I want to do something to help the community.’
He’s currently seeking £43,499 in start-up capital, with early adopters promised privileges in the workshop. Donating £50 for instance gets two hours’ rental of a two post car lift, while a £2000 donation would grant one-year workshop paddock rental as well as personal photograph hung on a ‘wall of fame’.
But why turn to crowdfunding to finance the project? Miles freely admits that he can’t get a bank loan for the capital he needs because he has previously been declared bankrupt. ‘I was self-employed when I was in my 20s and wasn’t responsible or cynical enough to see that people around me were abusing my trust, something that eventually resulted in me being declared bankrupt,’ he says. ‘I did eventually recover and ended up earning a living doing property repairs and maintenance, and want people to know that they can trust me.’
Stuart’s own rendering of how he’d like the workshop to look.