Clarkson’s Farm was incredibly popular as Jeremy Clarkson showed just how difficult it was to build a successful farming business. And now Richard Hammond has followed in his footsteps with his new show Richard Hammond’s Workshop. The show, which can now be watched on Discovery+, follows The Grand Tour presenter as he attempts to build a car restoration business.
“The workshop project came about before the TV show and is a genuine passion,” said Hammond. “Neil and Anthony Greenhouse, who are father and son, have been restoring my cars for years, but one day about two years ago on one of our fish-and-chips Fridays at the workshop, Neil said he was losing the business because they were developing it and he didn’t have the resources to start again.
“I said: ‘Why don’t we set up a business together and pool our resources?’ And in the early stages of the process I thought it might make a nice TV show. It turns out I’m no businessman…”
Selling several of his priceless cars, Richard was able to shovel more money into his new business, The Smallest Cog, and the results can now be seen as the shows first episode goes live.
Richard Hammond told us some of the reasoning behind this new business venture:
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“My grandfather was a coach builder and I’ve always been fascinated by cars from previous eras – they’re time capsules, statements about the aspirations of their time,” he said. “I get as much pleasure out of walking in the workshop and seeing the guys painting something beautifully because I sold my Porsche as I would have done from my Porsche.”