STU­ART MILES

THE BRAINS BE­HIND A NEW CROWD­FUND­ING EF­FORT TO BRING AF­FORD­ABLE CLAS­SIC CAR STOR­AGE TO EN­THU­SI­ASTS.

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‘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.

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