Here’s our first look at the show, which will follow The Grand Tour presenter as he builds a car restoration business from the ground up in one of the most difficult times England has ever suffered from.
This is what Hammond had to say about the upcoming show, which follows his own business, The Smallest Cog:
“I’ve spent 25 years critiquing other people’s cars and now I’m putting my own work out there. My grandfather was an automotive craftsman, who knows, maybe I’ve inherited some of his skill! So this is a real business, a real project and I really hope people enjoy watching the highs and inevitable lows throughout the series!”
Richard Hammond’s Workshop will be a reality show similar to that of Clarkson’s Farm, produced by Hammond’s Chimp Television and financier Krempelwood, and will follow the motoring enthusiast as he builds his company with the help of locals, including Neil and Anthony Greenhouse, who run the garage.
The team will also work on Richard’s own massive collection of vehicles and bikes, alongside barn finds, premium cars, and restored classics. Hammond will explore the history of Jensen Motors, the automobile manufacturer that employed his grandfather along the way.
Cash flow is one of the most essential elements of any business, according to any entrepreneur. After revealing that he will sell part of his valuable vintage vehicle and motorcycle collection in order to finance his latest project, Richard Hammond appears to be learning that lesson the hard way.
The Smallest Cog is a new British firm that Hammond launched in memory of his grandpa, who was a craftsman at Mulliners and Jensen in Birmingham and West Bromwich. Additional funding was required to help with the business’s cash flow, and, dare we say it, provide producers this spin-off show.
Hammond sold his car collection to pay for this last August, making a total of £230,000.
“The irony of me supporting my new classic car restoration business by selling some of my own classic car collection is not wasted on me,” said Hammond. “It is with a very heavy heart that they go, as they have a great deal of personal sentimental value, but they will be funding the future development of the business and giving life back to countless other classic vehicles.”