Operation Veterans Garage

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Our community project is to restore a Grade 2 listed WWII airport terminal building into a base for a classic car & motorcycle restoration garage. Supporting North West Veterans suffering from recent combat stress, the garage will also work to alleviate some of the loneliness and isolation of the older generation.

The Peel Group has generously donated the building at the City Airport site, and together we can create a welcoming environment for ex-servicemen of all ages to collaborate, restoring classic cars and motorcycles, all the while raising money and awareness.

At the same time this project will restore this listed building to house a vibrant and buzzing community club house for car, motorcycle, scooter, and aviation enthusiasts. All ages and genders will be made to feel welcome at this central hub, which will boast stylish lounges, club meeting and business facilities, and dining space with incredible food and beverages.

As a not-for-profit venture, the garage will also play host to a community car club, giving freedom to raise funds for other causes across the Northwest, simultaneously providing ex-servicemen with employment opportunities.

Hundreds of Automotive clubs across the Northwest don’t have a meeting point with appropriate facilities. By offering a dedicated centre, with the added attraction of an on-site restoration garage and housed in the grounds of a private airport, Veterans’ Garage will not only fill a gap in the market, but will provide support and a prospective buyer market to the Veterans’ projects.

The collaboration with City Airport and the site’s heritage (as one of the first commercial aviation terminals in the country) affords the opportunity to create show stopping events, festivals and weekend galas. Fully licensed and with permits for camping, the possibilities for both family focused or specialist/enthusiast fundraisers are endless. We are happy to work with all sponsors to facilitate as much or as little involvement as you’d like – the only limits are your imagination!


A few events we think could work particularly well include:

  • Automotive meets and festivals
  • Motorcycle rallies
  • Scooter club meets
  • Aviation shows
  • Military festivals & demonstrations
  • Community picnics and BBQ’S
  • Christmas festivals/markets
  • Vintage revival 40s/50s weekends
  • Food festivals
  • Community workshops
  • Halloween parties kids day & adults night
  • Music festivals
  • Family fun days
  • Community health awareness days (NHS)
  • Private functions/conferencing/fundraisers
  • Outdoor/drive-in movie screenings
  • Unique corporate hospitality packages including client hosting and employee experiences

Veteran Garage