Why a col­lec­tor who started with a Mor­ris Mi­nor is build­ing UK’s largest site

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An en­tre­pre­neur is promis­ing clas­sic car own­ers the UK’s largest pri­vate car stor­age fa­cil­ity. Rodger Dud­ding, 80, made his mil­lions in the garage busi­ness, earn­ing him­self the ti­tle of ‘Mr Lock-Up’. Dud­ding is also a se­rial car col­lec­tor – turn­ing his 1955 Mor­ris Mi­nor Saloon and 1968 Jensen FF into a 200-strong col­lec­tion, pow­er­ing his Stu­dio 434 busi­ness – a col­lec­tion used as a mu­seum as well as a rental ser­vice for the film and TV in­dus­tries. Gritty BBC drama Peaky

Blin­ders is just one show to ben­e­fit from Dud­ding’s col­lec­tion.

And now he’s build­ing what is be­ing her­alded as the UK’s largest pur­pose­built, se­cure car stor­age fa­cil­ity in the coun­try.

It’s lo­cated close to his Stu­dio 434 premises in Pot­ters Bar and has more than 400,000 us­able square feet stor­age of park­ing space (equiv­a­lent to just un­der the size of Vat­i­can City) with an­cil­lary ac­com­mo­da­tion. The tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled fa­cil­ity will have room for up to 500 cars once build­ing is com­plete. Around 100 cars have al­ready moved in.

Dud­ding is aim­ing the new fa­cil­ity at clas­sics and top end mod­ern cars. He says: ‘In­vest­ment in high value and col­lectable clas­sic cars con­tin­ues to grow in the UK, how­ever, there is a short­age of mod­ern, 24/7 high se­cu­rity stor­age fa­cil­i­ties for these in­creas­ingly valu­able ve­hi­cles.

‘Hence the in­vest­ment we are mak­ing in the new stor­age fa­cil­ity, which will be avail­able soon. Clients’ cars can be lo­cated at our fa­cil­ity dis­creetly and safely.’

The fa­cil­ity will have a dual alarm sys­tem with Red­car CCTV and in­cludes a fire alarm and sprin­kler sys­tem. It will cost from £45 per week, per car and is set to be com­pleted by mid-June.

There are al­ready 100 cars stored in the build­ing, but there’s room for around 400 more.

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