Six Famous Business That Started in Garages (Part 2)

Garages are not just great for parking cars or storing your stuff. They can be the starting point for something great, and even become famous and known all over the world, whether it’s because they contain millions of pounds in cars and motorcycles, or because they formed some of the largest music bands and companies of all time.

Jay Leno – Extremely popular amongst car enthusiasts, Jay Leno’s garage has almost three hundred vehicles, both modern and vintage. Collecting all of these takes time, passion and patience!

Mattel – The largest toy company in the world, Mattel was nothing like we know it now when it was founded in a garage in Southern California. Creators Harold Matson (Matt) and Elliot Handler (El) began selling their dollhouses there, until they reached success.

HP – Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started out HP in a garage, with only £378 in their pockets. Nowadays, HP is one of the biggest technological companies in the world.

Microsoft – In 1975 Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded the company inside a garage, from where they licensed their first operating system to IBM. They’re worth hundreds of billions of pounds now, but at the time it was impossible to predict this would ever happen.

MagLite – After designing parts for several different industries, like aerospace and military, out of a garage, Anthony Maglica went on to create a household name in this market.

Nirvana – While not exactly a business, Nirvana is, undoubtedly one of the most famous bands that started out from a garage. Formed in 1987, they had a great initial success with college radio stations and are now known and beloved by millions of people.

Garages inspire creativity and innovation, maybe because it’s a versatile space that can be turned into anything you desire. You can rent a lockup garage and create the next big thing in it! Contact us or give us a call on 020 8882 8575 for more information about our services.

Even though we’ve already mentioned Jay Leno’s garage a few times, this is a topic that never gets old, especially with so many car aficionados out there. He’s amongst the famous celebrities that inspire awe for the stunning vehicles he’s been able to collect over the years. For petrol-heads everywhere, Jay Leno’s pursuit of his passion is not only inspiring, but also encouraging, as it shows that everyone can fulfil their dreams. This might begin to explain why we love talking about his garage so much.

His Impressive Collection

So what draws us to Jay Leno’s garage? Well, the obvious answer is his vast collection. His passion and commitment led him to gather a large collection of beautiful vintage and contemporary vehicles, and has even allowed him to have his own car show, appropriately titled ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’, where you can also glimpse some of the vehicles he owns.

There are so many of them, however, that you probably won’t be able to see them all. Actually, with such a huge collection, it’s a wonder that he keeps track of them all as it is! The numbers surrounding Jay Leno’s custom-built garage in his Beverly Hills’ home are beyond belief:

Leno owns 286 vehicles (169 of which are cars and 117 are motorcycles)
The square footage of the garage is 2,000 feet, and boasts a first-rate HVAC system
Large space outside to park his vehicles

The Vehicles Themselves

Jay Leno is an avid collector of both old and new, and his garage reflects that. Because of the sheer volume of vintage vehicles from the late 1940s he had at the time (almost 100), Leno was able to help the team who made the popular video game L .A. Noire build accurate graphics. His vintage models include popular cars like:

1913 Mercer Raceabout
1931 Bentley 8-litre (one of only a hundred)
1932 Packard Twin Six 12-Cylinder Coupe
1955 Buick Roadmaster
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car (one of the nine remaining in the world)

He’s also a fan of the contemporary, as evidenced by his collection of modern cars:

2004 Porsche Carrera GT
2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6
2006 Ariel Atom

2006 Bugatti Veyron
2015 McLaren P1

With such a vast collection it’s impossible to name them all! You just need to know Leno is the owner of some of the rarest and coolest vehicles in the world, including a jet turbine-powered EcoJet he and his team built from scratch. So the reason why car lovers can’t get enough of his show and his real life garage is not just the impressive number of vehicles he’s managed to amass, almost three hundred, but the models he went after and got, some after years of searching.

He’s a prime example of how passion and dedication can make your dreams come true, and this is why we admire him – and envy him, of course.

At Lockup Garages we’ll certainly never tire of talking about Jay Leno’s remarkable collection. While you may not have a collection quite like Leno’s, you could still benefit from a lockup garage! If you want to learn more about it, or how you can rent a garage in the UK, don’t hesitate to contact us or give us a call on 020 8882 8575, and we’ll be more than happy to help with any query you might have!

You’re in the market for a lock-up, but you’re having trouble figuring out how to find a garage that’ll fit the bill. So what do you do? Sit down, have a brew, put off the whole thing until it’s forgotten about? Well, that ain’t gonna fly. Actually, there are few things to take into consideration before choosing the garage that works for you.


First things first, you need to assess your budget. Knowing whether you’re seeking to rent for a long time or on a short-term basis is vital, and we offer garages that can be rented at a price that’s right for you. They’re also cheaper than a lot of other self-storage options out there, which is nice, right? But knowing how much you have to play with in your wallet or purse is only part of the issue. There’s also…


What are you looking to use your garage for? Our garages have two primary purposes: storing motor vehicles and storing, well, pretty much anything else (That’ll fit, of course. If you’re storing African elephants, a lock-up probably isn’t going to work!). Sometimes the home’s just a wee bit cluttered. Rather than dumping your junk, you can just pop it into storage until you need it.

Size and Space

If you know what you’re storing, then you’ll have a pretty good idea of how much space you’re going to need to keep it safe and secure. The majority of our garages are of the usual size you’d expect, so if you know your possessions will fit inside, then you’re good to go. Of course, there’s always the option of renting a couple of lock-ups if you have more possessions that need a home. If you’re unsure, just get in contact with the team.


Like buying a house, renting a garage is all about location, location, location. You might want it close to your house or work, or even halfway across London, well out of the way. That’s cool – we’ve got you covered. After all, there are over 900 locations to choose from. Basically, what we’re saying is, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Lock-up garages have a whole wealth of storage options available to you that others just can’t compete against – and if you don’t believe us, just try parking your motor inside a self-storage warehouse. Better yet, as soon as you’ve signed the rental agreement, we won’t keep you waiting for days to process your application. Nah, that’s not how we roll. We think it’s better to give you instant access to your garage. That way you can start storing the right way right away today.

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