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Classic cars parked outside the Studio 434 facility in Potters Bar

Guild of Motoring Writers –

Bring Your Own Vehicle Day 2017

Studio 434 and Shuttleworth

The Guild of Motoring Writers' 'Bring Your Own Vehicle Day' for 2017 took in two different venues – the Studio 434 car collection and storage facility in Potters Bar, and the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden aerodrome near Biggleswade.

Rodger Dudding, the owner of Studio 434, made his fortune by inventing the Lonsto queue management ticketing system seen in supermarkets and shops worldwide – and from over 14,000 lock-up garages that the company owns around the UK.

Starting with his father's 1955 Morris Minor, Rodger has spent 40 years, and a few million pounds, building a collection of over 300 vehicles now worth around £40 million.

Studio 434/1 is a rather unprepossessing building which belies the automotive richness within. Spread over two floors is an astonishing, and surprisingly varied, collection of cars, motorbikes and memorabilia, including a few 'dodgem' cars and even a Dr. Who Dalek lurking in one corner.

It's difficult to know where to look first as there is so much amazing machinery parked bumper to bumper, and wing to wing, over two floors.

With such a collection of rare and diverse vehicles – including over 20 Aston Martin Lagonda 'Wedge' saloons – it's no wonder that film and TV production companies are queuing up to hire cars from the collection.

If you're a fan of Peaky Blinders, SS-GB, Mr. Selfridge, Luther, The Crown, or Downton Abbey; then you're pretty much guaranteed to have seen one of Studio 434's cars on your screen.

Studio 434 is not just Rodger's private collection; it is also a vehicle storage facility where your beloved classic car can be securely looked after.

To this end – and also because as somebody said: "Rodger just can't stop buying cars!" – the business is expanding with the opening of Studio 434/2, a brand new additional facility just a few minutes away.

This impressive 400,000 sq.ft. building provides climate controlled, secure storage for 500 cars over four floors.

With nowhere near that number currently installed, the overriding first impression is of a vast space enhanced by white walls and shiny metal flooring.

If I was the owner of one, or more, high-worth classic cars then this is the place I would want to keep them.

Having been impressed by the facilities at Studio 434, and after a buffet lunch, GOMW members departed for the 35 mile trip to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden aerodrome.

Peter Osborne