During lockdown, there was a big rise in the number of people spending time in their garages. This led us to wonder, who has the best garage in the UK? We created the Halfords Garage of the Year competition to find out.


The competition was launched in June 2021 as part of Halfords’ partnership with Team Dynamics (who run the Halfords Racing with Cataclean BTCC team) and invited people to showcase home garages that really stood out from the crowd. In return, they could win amazing prizes including £5,000 in cash and a Halfords Ultimate Garage Bundle.

After sifting through hundreds of entries, Halfords Racing with Cataclean drivers Gordon Shedden and Dan Rowbottom had the tricky task of selecting a winner and two runners-up. And now it’s time to reveal who they chose…


Alex Young

We’re delighted to announce that the Halfords Garage of the Year 2021 winner is Alex Young!

So, why was he chosen? Well, Alex’s garage has been in the family for 35 years and has been extended numerous times to allow for his ever-expanding collection of classic Fords.

Every car he owns has been rebuilt and modified in this garage, and it holds precious memories of growing up with his dad (who is sadly no longer with us). Alex credits his dad’s influence for making him who he is today and what he does as a hobby so great.

Check out Alex’s winning garage below.

My best memory in the garage is turning it into a nightclub back about 15 years ago. Pretty much the entire neighbourhood came and you could hear it for miles!


Joe Readings

Joe Readings

Joe transformed an old grain shed into a garage where he works on cars and motorbikes. He’s developed his own skills as well as teaching others and now works on projects for people full time.

Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Measuring 30ft by 20ft, Graham calls his garage a stable because it’s ‘home to 1250 horses’. His current build is a street-legal ’57 Chevy and he’s looking for it to run at 190mph in seven seconds.


The competition closed on 31st July 2021.

The winner of the Garage of the Year 2021 competition was revealed in late October 2021.

Subject to availability, the garage bundle will include a range of products such as a full set of Halfords Advanced tools as well as a cabinet, chest and trolley to store them in.

The bundle will also include other top motoring products from Halfords including a trolley jack, axle stands, car cleaning products and engine care products, a range of Autoglym products and a Nilfisk Core 125 pressure washer.

  • This Competition (the “Competition”) is open to all persons aged 18 or over and resident in the United Kingdom, including employees, and their immediate families, of Halfords Limited, their associated companies, agents, agencies, and anyone else professionally connected with the Competition. The Competition is open between 00:00am on 7th June 2021 and 11:59pm on 31 July 2021 (the “Competition Period”).
  • The Competition is organised by Halfords Limited of Icknield Street Drive, Washford West, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 0DE (“Halfords”).
  • By entering into the Competition, a customer agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions and the Halfords UGC Privacy Policy (available here).
  • Any personal data relating to customers will be used wholly in accordance with current UK data protection legislation. In particular, personal data will only be used to administer this Competition, unless consent is provided otherwise.
  • In order to be eligible for this Competition, customers must submit:
    • between one (1) and three (3) images of their garage sent to garageoftheyear@halfords.co.uk with their Full Name as the email subject;
    • a statement of up to 250 words saying why their garage should win the Competition (together, the “Application”).
  • One (1) Application is permitted per person.
  • All Applications will be reviewed and judged by Halfords, in its sole discretion, on the basis of the quality of the Application. Twenty (20) Applications will then be shortlisted (the “Shortlist”).
  • Applications on the Shortlist will then be required to submit a short video of up to thirty (30) seconds in length of their garage.
  • Halfords will select one (1) winner and two (2) runners up from the Shortlist. Halfords’ decision will be final in all respects and not subject to dispute
  • The overall winner will receive a prize of £5,000 cash, a Halfords Ultimate Garage Bundle (exact contents at all times subject to availability), a new set of tyres and a BlackVue Dash Cam fitted by Halfords Mobile Expert (the “Main Prize”).
  • The runners up will receive a £250 Halfords gift voucher to be spent online or in-store and a BlackVue Dash Cam fitted by Halfords Mobile Expert (the “Consolation Prize”).
  • Halfords will notify the winners of the Main Prize and Consolation Prize within 14 days of the Competition ending via email. Each winner will then have 48 hours to claim the Main Prize and Consolation Prize. After this time, Halfords reserve the right to select a new winner from the Shortlist.
  • By participating in this competition, all customers are deemed to consent to appear in future publicity materials or other promotional events and activities related to the Competition as organised by Halfords and their racing partner, Team Dynamics.